Brunei cyclist Azwar wins virtual cycling meet

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s rising star Muhd Azwar Hairolani took notice of the cycling community both at home and in the region after he emerged winner of the Zwift Time Trial, a virtual racing competition co-organised by Cycling Selangor and Selangor Youth Community.

Muhd Azwar, who is part of the Wakanda Cycling Development Project, clinched victory in 14 minutes and 42 seconds in the Power Meter Under-23 Criterium category.

Having made his mark competitively both at home and overseas, he has established himself in the top three cyclists in Brunei Darussalam alongside national riders Loqman Hadzid and Amiruddin Amir.

Helmi Hariri finished second with a time of 15 minutes and 56 seconds, while Rizqullah Taufik settled for third place with a time of 16 minutes and six seconds.

With the sporting world in indefinite hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cycling community has turned to virtual racing, following the footsteps of other sports such as Moto GP, Formula 1 and recently football.

Zwift is an app that connects riders all over the world through cycling. A noteworthy feature of the application is that it allows a change in weight effort if the virtual track is uphill, automatically adding heavy resistance. The app also allows users to create races, group rides, training programmes and organised events.

Limited to 30 riders for each category, the virtual meet covered a distance of 11km. The categories included roller/speed sensor and power meter/smart trainer.

The tournament, which also saw a Singaporean rider crowned champion in one of the categories, featured riders representing various clubs from around the region.

ABOVE & BELOW: Md Azwar Hairolani of Wakanda Cycling Club; and computer-generated image of the virtual race on the Zwift app. PHOTOS: WAKANDA CYCLING CLUB