After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Tough Gorilla Ventures has announced the return of the island’s iconic cycling event, Langkawi Legendary Ride in September this year, in its efforts to revive Langkawi’s economy with the reopening of the international border recently.
The second edition of Langkawi Legendary Ride will take place on September 10 and will see cyclists competing in three different categories namely Legendary Ride (101 kilometers), Eagle Ride (60 kilometers) and Mahsuri Ride (30 kilometers). The flag-off ceremonies of all three categories will be held at Dataran Marmar, Langkawi.
The event is supported by Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Tourism Malaysia and Kedah State Government. By tapping and recognising the potential of sports tourism, LADA hopes to move up a gear in promoting the island through Langkawi Legendary Ride and reaching out to the cycling enthusiast including travel trade worldwide as Langkawi is poised to become the leading cycling tourism (cyclotourism) destination in Malaysia.
The launching ceremony took place in Laman Padi Chenang in the presence of the honorary guest, Chief Executive Officer of Langkawi Development Authority (LADA), Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib.
Speaking at the launch of the event, CEO of LADA, Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib said he strongly believes that Langkawi Legendary Ride is crucial in making a difference in the competitive scenario within the sports tourism industry and the platform will speed up the island’s target to reach 2.5 million arrivals by year-end.
“Sports tourism is part of our focus in promoting domestic tourism in Langkawi and we recognised it as one of the upcoming tourism markets with significant economic potential. Langkawi has been well known as the main hub for organising world-class cycling events such as Le Tour de Langkawi and IRONMAN Malaysia.
With the organisation of Langkawi Legendary Ride, it will bring in new sources of business opportunities for the locals and further boosts the sports tourism in Langkawi and subsequently, Malaysia, we would also like to thank our new sponsor Langkawi PURE mineral water for coming forward to support this event” he added.
Organiser’s stressed that this year’s Langkawi Legendary ride will still have prevailing safe management measures in place to safeguard the health and safety of all participants.
The event was first held in 2019 and attracted about 1,000 cyclists with the participation of international cyclists from Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Vietnam, Holland, the United States and Australia. Langkawi Legendary Ride is designed for amateur athletes and it is more relaxed in its execution.
The event is open to all types of bicycle. More information is available on the https://checkpointspot.asia/event/langkawi-legendary-ride .