Team TIME athlete Irene Chong recently took part in the ‘Thule Bike Battles TV show’
The series to be aired on Youtube (BaikBiker) features 10 of the country’s top cycling talents from various disciplines of cycling taking on each other in a series of different challenges on bicycles.
BaikBike’s Kuah Kok Kheng said: “We have brought together the top riders in the country to a reality show. First, to create a chance for the fans to know their idols better. Second, to marry the idea of cycling and fun.
“Lastly, to promote cycling as a competitive sport, hobby, a means of transport or just a recreational activity. As long as you are on the bike, you are reducing carbon footprint or just pure burning fats. For health or for the world, you are improving someone’s lifestyle.”
- See more at: http://www.baikbike.com/local-stars-set-to-ignite-thule-bike-battles/#sthash.DJI61NAf.dpuf
Huge congratulations to Tema TIME’s Riki Shinozuka who became the first Malaysian Triathlete to compete and complete in an Elite World Championship event last weekend when he finished 73rd in the Elite Junior Mens category at the ITU World Championships in Hyde Park, London.
In very cold and wet conditions, which saw quite a few athletes not finishing and lapped out of the race, Riki struggled in the cold swim (his first race in a wetsuit!) but rode and ran strongly.
Riki’s own race report below:
“So there you go; furthest I had ever traveled, first European Cup, first wetsuit race, first World Championships, and first Malaysian Man to compete and complete a World Championships. Not a bad achievement in just one month, with only a week of notice in advance!
Thank you everyone for the great support that you have given, especially my friends, family, coach and all team sponsors as well as individual sponsors.
These include Rudy Project Malaysia, CEEPO Bikes, Powerbar, Airasia X, FHL Sports, Kenanga, DSA, and our biggest support coming from TIME dotCom.”
Riki in action at the recent Osaka ASTC race
Some great news for Team TIME was received yesterday; Riki Shinozuka has been awarded a start place at the World Junior Elite Championships in London. The race takes place on September 12th in Hyde Park, the venue for last years Olympic Games triathlon races.
Riki joins 80 of the worlds top junior men in the London race and will be one of only 9 Asian athletes racing. He is the first Malaysian man to race in a World Triathlon Championships elite level race.
Two representatives from Team TIME traveled to Osaka in Japan recently to race the ASTC Asian Cup Sprint distance race in Osaka.
For Irene Chong and Riki Shinozuka it was a first experience of racing in a full field of ITU athletes (nearly 80 athletes in the mens race and 40+ in the womens) and the perfect opportunity to gain experience at this level of racing amongst a very strong field of predominantly Japanese athletes with a few good Aussies and Kiwis also making the trip
Both athletes raced well and learned a lot in hot conditions, Irene finishing in 34th place and Riki in 41st
Following recent trials Team TIME are delighted to announce the formation of a youth team.
Over a dozen young athletes (aged 12 -15 years) have been invited to join the youth squad. Team TIME will assist these exceptional young triathletes with their triathlon training, coaching and racing needs to develop the abilities and fitness to succeed at an elite level in the sport.
The youth squad made their debut at the recent Port Dickson International triathlon.
Team TIME Youth squad members at PD TRi
Malaysian Elite Triathlon now Team TIME
We at the MET are proud to announce our newest corporate sponsor, TIMEdotCom Bhd (TIME).
To honour this landmark sporting partnership, we will now be known as ‘Team TIME’.
The team will continue to be coached by Steve Lumley.
Coach Lumley said, “We are extremely pleased that TIME have recognised our athletic potential and fully supports our ambitions to be winners – not only in Malaysia, but regionally and globally. With TIME’s backing, we are optimistic of improving in all three Tri disciplines. The sport has really taken off in Malaysia and around the world, and we are excited to become an even stronger player in the wider sporting community.”
TIME joins current loyal sponsors FHL Sports, Kenanga, DSA, AirAsia X and Power Bar in supporting the team’s success.
A good turnout from Team TIME at the recent MUDS university series in KL saw Irene Chong winning all three races in the series to walk away with the Universities Duathlon title.
In the open racing Riki Shinozuka won 2 out of the three races overall, coming second in the third..
Read the full race report from the Star Newspaper here: http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Community/2013/06/14/A-class-above-the-rest-Shimri-and-Irene-make-clean-sweep-of-Malakoff-duathlon-series.aspx#.UbqPZ2JXUcA.facebook
MET is recruiting…!
Ahead of an exciting announcement regarding future sponsorship partners for the MET Team, we are launching a Triathlon Youth Development Team to assist exceptional young triathletes aged 13-15 with their triathlon training and racing.
We are looking for applications from outstanding triathlon prospects in Malaysia. No previous triathlon experience is necessary, but a strong swimming background is required. If you would like to be considered for a place on the team please contact us with details of your swimming performances and any triathlon and running experience.
Email us at: email@example.com or contact us via our facebook page:
Junior Elite Start
A big well done to the MET athletes who travelled to Subic Bay in the Philippines for the ASTC Triathlon Championships. Our results were:
Womens Senior Elite: Irene Chong See Win 12th place
Mens U23 Elite: Barry Lee 21st place
Mens Junior Elite: Riki Shinozuka 21st place, Edwin Thiang 33rd place
Nice work guys
Riki’s blog from the event can be read here: http://rikishiztri.blogspot.com/2013/04/subic-bay-astc-triathlon-asian.html?spref=fb
Good luck this weekend to all those from the MET team and all the other participants in the Asian Triathlon Championships at Subic Bay in the Philippines.
MET Team members racing are Irene Chong in the women’s Elite race, Barry Lee in the mens U23 elite race, Edwin Thiang and Riki Shinozuka in the mens junior Elite race
MET Team at Sumatra
A big contingent from the MET Team travelled to South Sumatra, Indonesia recently for the ASTC Asian Cup triathlon race, together with duathlon and Junior races.
In the senior race Irene Chong put in a very encouraging performance. She swam with the eventual winner of the race, and although she couldn’t hold on to the other women in the bike leg, she still rode well on her own, but struggled on the run, finishing 9th.
In the mens race Barry Lee found himself down after the swim but rode and ran strongly for 12th place finish.
Riki Shinozuka had an incident packed first time out over the Olympic distance. He was in a group of swimmers that were send the wrong way, losing 2 minutes or so. He was then riding well only to suffer a puncture, then to find that the spare wheels hadn’t been taken to the wheel stop! He lost 6 minutes or so looking for them…So, not the result he wanted but some encouraging signs…
In the Junior race Edwin Thiang and new team member Alez Tan both performed well for 7th and 8th positions.
In his first international, elite Duathlon Hafiz Feroz also raced well finishing 7th
Aldrian in Penang
A big well done to MET athlete Aldrian Yeo who finished second last weekend at the tough Penang Olympic distance triathlon.
“Penang was awesome!. Came in 2nd position (Men Open). Non-drafting, big rolling hills, nice scenery & well organised.
Thanks for the support sponsors! DSA, Kenanga, FHLsports, Powerbar Malaysia, Julbo Eyewear Malaysian Elite Triathlon