12 January 2019, Alor Setar – Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Menteri Besar Kedah flagged off the Fun Ride 40km cycling race as a prelude to the major Red Eagle Tour 2019 to
be held on 23rd – 27th April involving 120 local and international cyclists.
The flag-off the two pre-events, namely Fun Ride 40km and Fun Run Sweat & Sweet 7km, launched to boost Red Eagle Tour 2019 event and gain a wider local and global audience. The two pre-events saw the participation from amateur cyclists and sports enthusiasts from all over Malaysia.
VIPs who participated in the Fun Ride 40km were YTM Dato’ Tunku Shazuddin Ariff Ibni Sultan Sallehuddin Tunku Laksamana Kedah, Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Menteri Besar Kedah, Dato’ Haji Amiruddin Hj Hamzah, Deputy Finance Minister, and Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris, Exco Belia Sukan Negeri Kedah.
Red Eagle Tour 2019 is a road cycling race open to locals and international contestants. It is the first of its kind to be held in Kedah. The event is aimed at promoting sports tourism in Kedah and to increase the socio-economic benefit for the citizens in the state.
The object of the Red Eagle Tour 2019 is also to promote sports development, culture and the tourism industry to a new level as well as create new opportunities which will propel Kedah to become a sports tourism powerhouse.
The Red Eagle Tour 2019 is a collaborative effort between Master Pacer Venture and Kedah
State government. Master Pacer Venture is renowned for involving in top-notch cycling events such as Le Tour de Langkawi, Jelajah Malaysia, and Tour de Selangor.
A total of 20 teams will participate in the big event, of which there will be 6 cyclists in a single team contesting in 5 stages crossing 5 districts in Kedah covering a distance of 750km.