Kuala Lumpur – The Organizing Committee of the Le Tour de Langkawi 2008, with a heavy heart but in the interest of the safety of cyclists and members of the public, have decided to shift the Genting stage for this year’s Tour to Fraser’s Hill, another popular holiday destination in the country.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Datuk Sri Azalina Othman Said, has been informed of the latest development and has given her approval to the change of venue for the mountain stage challenge. The dates of the race remained unchanged from Feb 9 to 17.

Due to the Chinese New Year festivities during the first half of February, over 150,000 holiday-makers are expected to converge in Genting Highlands. “This is one of Genting’s busiest periods and the management informed us that it would be difficult to totally close the roads all the way too the peak as is usually done,” said Datuk Naim Mohamad, the Chief Operating Officer of the Le Tour de Langkawi.

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LTdL Chief Operating officer Datuk Naim Mohamad (right) receives the sponsorhip for the ‘King of the Mountains’
jersey from Ms Kay Prakash (left), assistant vice president Corporate Services Genting Group, watched by tour technical director Maniam Manikkam.

“The Genting management proposed finishing the stage at Gohtong Jaya,” said Datuk Naim. “But the Organizing Committee felt that with such high volume of traffic trying to access the resort, it could lead to massive jams and worse still, safety issues.”

“And so in the interest of everyone, we felt the right thing to do would be to shift the climb to Fraser’s Hill,” he said. The technical team have surveyed the route to Fraser’s and have given the thumbs up.

Safety of riders is of utmost importance in a race with a Hors Classe tag like Le Tour de Langkawi. As such, the Organizing Committee is left with no choice but to resort to the change of venue

Although the Genting stage has been shifted, the company will continue to be a major sponsor of the Le Tour de Langkawi 2008. The prestigious King of the Mountain jersey and award will be sponsored by Resorts World.

“Genting is indeed very gracious and have agreed to continue being a sponsor for the Tour despite the circumstances. We would like to place on record our appreciation to Resorts World for being a loyal supporter and partner of the Tour,” said Datuk Naim today.

A total of 25 teams are slated for the 13th edition of the Tour. With the increased participation and the return of the Pro Tour teams, combined with the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, who are the main organizers, the 2008 Tour is set to be the best ever since its inception in 1996.

The Tour is also sanctioned by the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF), the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the Asian Cycling Confederation.

One of the major differences in the forthcoming Tour is the idea of taking it closer to the people. More events will be organised on the ground which such as carnival-like activities at all start and finish venues. One of the side events to be included will be cycling clinics.

One of the priorities for the Tour is to promote cycling at the grass root level. This will be done via the Rukun Tetangga and Kampung Baru programmes. One of the other key messages will be to encourage more Malaysians to take up cycling as a means to a healthier lifestyle.

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RACE ROUTE
STAGE ONE – Alor Star to Kepala Batas (182.6km)
STAGE TWO – Butterworth to Sitiawan (159.7km)
STAGE THREE – Sitiawan to Banting (209.4km)
STAGE FOUR – Port Dickson to Batu Pahat (169km)
STAGE FIVE – Johor Bahru to Bandar Penawar (139.9km)
STAGE SIX – Bandar Penawar to Kuala Rompin (182.8km)
STAGE SEVEN – Kuala Rompin to Kuantan (126.6km)
STAGE EIGHT – Temerloh to Fraser’s Hill (127km)
STAGE NINE – KL Criterium (80.4km)

Download LTDL 2008 Route Summary (pdf) Here

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  1. blueorchid22

    Never really been to fraser hills. Should be a very nice place.




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