10 Questions Every Cyclist Must Answer
“I feel that cycling runs through my veins. It’s within me.”
1. How did you pick up cycling? What keeps you motivated?
Ever since I was a kid, I’m already into cycling. My commitment into cycling is so strong that I used to work part time alongside with my studies, in order to buy cycling equipment. There comes a time that I need to stop cycling but kept on coming back. I feel that cycling runs through my veins. It’s within me. Even though, I faced a lot of challenges by choosing this sports but I managed to overcome it eventually.
2. What to do or what not to do during a ride?
Don’t try overlapping the wheels. Take turns and follow the traffic light.
3. What’s your worst injury? How do you reduce your chances of crashing?
It was when I was training for the Sea Games in 1997. I hurt my back, causing a fracture on my spinal cord. So I attended a physiotherapy and had a lot of rest because if not, the fracture might cause paralysation. So, instead of participating the 1997 Sea Games I just trained for the Commonwealth Games in 1998. You will reduce your chances of crashing if you’re aware of the cars behind and again if you are well-focused.
4. What has been your most memorable ride so far?
Tour de Filipinas in 1996 and 1997, a 21-day stage race. The road condition is not so good, so it’s more challenging but the prize money they gave was big. I’m not used to their local foods so that adds to the struggle as well to make it unforgettable for me. It was memorable for me because that was the first Endurance Race I joined in, and here in Malaysia we don’t have that kind of race even until today.
5. How much of your salary goes into buying cycling products? Would you consider yourself a budget cyclist?
For the past 6 months, I spent RM5,000 for the event participation fee. I also look for sponsors to reduce some of the expenses.
6. If price does not matter, what is your next cycling upgrade or escapade?
Giant 29” Full suspension bike.
7. How do you train? What are your cycling strengths?
I train every day from 8am-12nn unless I go for an easy ride then I’ll just ride for 2 hours. Preparing for a tournament is a different story, because I’ll go beyond the usual time, sometimes it’ll take me about 8 hours before I go back home. My cycling strengths is I’m an all-rounder, I can sprint and I am also good in climbing among other things. If perhaps, I’ll breakaway from the Peloton, I’ll make sure to win.
8. How do you optimise your nutrition, before, during and after your ride?
Before a ride, I usually eat Meehon and Roti Tolor.
During a ride, every half an hour, I eat sandwich, power gel and banana.
After a ride, I take energy drink.
9. What can you say about ladies getting into cycling?
I also like to see more ladies go into cycling because who knows one day we can finally have a young lady cyclist that will be known in this field.
10. Who do you want to cycle with? What are the reasons?
Marco Patani, I admire him because he’s very strong in climbing.
Lance Armstrong, because he’s a real all-rounder, he’s good in sprinting, climbing and almost everything.