LANGKAWI: The TM-Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge should not become another Le Tour de Langkawi, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said for Le Tour de Langkawi, the event only maintained the name of the island but the venue seemed to change each year.
“The mountain bike challenge can be used as a special brand to promote tourism in Langkawi.
“It is a new and small event, yet it has garnered a large number of participants. I want it to build up its own name and have its own followers without being compared to other cycling events,” he said after flagging off the maiden 8.5km endurance race at Telaga Harbour Park here yesterday.
“The challenge gathers both individuals and team participants. They come here with their families and friends. This is why I believe that it can be much bigger than Le Tour.
“There are also many hills and mountains on the island that can be explored for mountain biking tracks,” he said. ~ The Star
AL: Well said