This is an interesting news. A new cycling complex is planned and will be ready by June next year. This news is taken from NST Online
CYCLING: Johor ready to become the best
By ARNAZ M. KHAIRUL | firstname.lastname@example.org
TOP GUNS: Cycling complex aimed at helping state to ride high
JOHOR’S relentless drive towards the forefront of Malaysian cycling continues with the groundbreaking Johor Cycling Complex set to be completed by June next year.
The facility will include the country’s third velodrome as part of what will be Asia’s biggest cycling facility catering to all disciplines of the sport.
Located on a 30-acre plot of land in Batu Pahat, the facility will be named the Daud Ibrahim Sports Complex upon completion, in honour of the late Batu Pahat-born cyclist.
While the velodrome will be an outdoor Class 3 facility, a world class BMX track will be a main feature of the complex, along with multi-lane cross country and downhill mountain bike tracks.
The new Asian Cycling Academy, a collaboration between the Johor Cycling Association (JCA), Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC), will also be based at the facility.
Heading the mammoth project is JCA vice president Datuk Al Khafiz Zainal who revealed to Timesport that the plans are now at the final stage, awaiting the release of the budget from the Johor State Economic Planning Unit.
The release is due by June 30, with the state government also considering additional facilities for the complex. “Approval at the state sports committee chairman level and the necessary local government approvals have been gained. “We expect to open tenders for the project by June, close by August and construction will begin by November,” said Al Khafiz.
The complex, said Al Khafiz, is part of the JCA’s main project — the Johor Cycling Development Masterplan 2014-2020.
While the complex takes flight, the Johor Cycling Team are also in the midst of seeking registration as a UCI Continental Team and could join the Terengganu Cycling Team in racing on the UCI Asia Tour by July.
“We are already looking to ensure the facility is fully utilised to cater for more than just Johor cycling. The Singapore national team will also be using the facility as their training base.
“Other plans have also been put forward to the Malaysian National Cycling Federation, but the response has been 50-50 as far as our proposal to base the Under-23 national road team here,” said Al Khafiz.
Facilities under this project are also part of Johor’s preparation to host the 2018 Malaysia Games and the velodrome will be built regardless of plans for velodromes in other parts of the country.