Putrajaya, 3 September 2019 – Malaysia continues to cement its position as a top-class host of road cycling stage races with the launch of the inaugural Tour of Peninsular (ToP) at the Youth and Sports Ministry in the Federal Administrative Capital today.
Tour of Peninsular, which will be held from 15 – 19 October, is Malaysia’s first-ever UCI 2.1 stage race which places it a cut above tours such as Jelajah Malaysia and Tour de Iskandar Johor, which are both rated as UCI 2.2 races, and just a step under the iconic Le Tour de Langkawi, which is a UCI 2.HC event.
It is also one of the first races to be awarded UCI 2.1 status from the onset which shows the confidence the world governing body (UCI) has an experienced race organizer Motoshoot Event Sdn Bhd which will be running Tour of Peninsular this year.
The Tour of Peninsular will see riders covering a total distance of 850.7 kilometres over five stages for this inaugural race. The race route will see them racing along some of Malaysia’s most beautiful, and physically challenging terrain on both the East and West coast of peninsular Malaysia.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim, whose ministry have given their full approval and support to the event, is confident the race will provide local teams the opportunity to compete at an international level on home soil and collect valuable ranking points.
Being held in October, Tour of Peninsular will also feature in the government’s newly launched initiative – Malaysia Sports Challenge (MySC) which will run throughout the same month.
“As the Tour of Peninsular has been scheduled for October 15-19, the Youth and Sports Ministry has placed this event in the calendar of programs for MySC, which will be held throughout the month of October,” said Steven, in his opening ceremony speech.
“The Tour of Peninsular will allow Malaysia’s main teams – the national team as well as continental teams Terengganu Inc TSG and Team Sapura Cycling – more opportunities to compete in international level competitions on home soil.
“We are also proud that both our continental teams TSG and Sapura are currently first and second in the UCI Asia Tour rankings. This is the nation’s best achievement in road cycling to date. The chance to collect more points should be utilized by these two teams.
“As a UCI 2.1 event, Tour of Peninsular will offer greater points for stage winners as well as the overall champions as compared to UCI 2.2 events and is not too far from what is awarded in UCI 2.HC races such as Le Tour de Langkawi.”
The Terengganu State Government, who have played a key role in the development of Malaysian cycling over the years, are among the major sponsors of Tour of Peninsular this season.
As a UCI 2.1 event, Tour of Peninsular is allowed to invite World Tour and Pro Continental teams to compete in the race. However, for the first year, the line-up of 20 teams will consist of Pro Continental, Continental, and National teams.
The race organizers will also be broadcasting the race worldwide via live streaming incorporating the latest technology.
TOUR OF PENINSULAR 2019 ROUTE
Pre-event: Monday, 14 October 2019: Team Presentation – Kuala Terengganu
Stage 1: Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019: Dungun – Kuala Terengganu (196.0 km)
Stage 2: Wednesday, 16 Oct 2019: Kuala Terengganu – Kota Bharu (197.8 km)
Stage 3: Thursday, 17 Oct 2019: Pasir Mas – Gerik (200.0 km)
Stage 4: Friday, 18 Oct 2019: Ipoh – Cameron Highlands (110.5 km)
Stage 5: Saturday, 19 Oct 2019: Tapah – Setiawangsa (146.4 km)