Malaysian Rider’s Life In MCO: Danieal Haikkal


In an effort to control the COVID-19 outbreak in Malaysia, the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented.

Malaysian riders have been hunkered down in their homes amid the MCO, which cause them being unable to ride outside. However, the MCO did not stop them from riding. Here’s how Danieal Haikkal is handling the MCO:

Danieal Haikkal is a professional cyclist, riding for the Malaysia National Team.

How has MCO/PKP affected your riding?

Training was definitely affected by MCO, especially when we are not allowed to ride outside.

What kind of indoor training have you been doing during this period?

I got myself a trainer and subscribe to Zwift as my entertainment because you will most likely end up getting bored when riding indoors.

How has indoor training helped you during this period?

I have benefited by subscribing to Zwift. Besides riding, there’re other workouts or tougher routes you can explore such as Alpe Du Zwift. You can also meet up with friends virtually. It’s like the Facebook of cycling!

How’s your diet during MCO/PKP?

There’s no place better than home, staying with family. Of course, it would be challenging for a strict diet, but I will follow my diet regime. A one-day cheat day may be relevance to this situation!

What are your alternative indoor sporting activities during this period?

I will do some bodyweight exercises since there is no any gym equipment at home. In the evening, I will add stretching into my workout routine as we have a lot of free time now.


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