Luqman wins ITT title as cycling season kicks off

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s high-profile cyclist Luqman Hadzid enjoyed the perfect start in the first major domestic cycling competition of the year after he emerged champion in the elite category of the National Championship for Individual Time Trial (ITT) 2020 yesterday.

The cyclist, who has represented the country at an international level, clocked a time of 00:45:55.397 to win the race followed by Md Azwar bin Haji Md Hairolrani with 00:47:26.887 and Abdul Qawi Abdullah, 00:49:37.427.

Jointly organised by the Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation (BDCF) and the Department of Youth and Sports, the race covered a distance of 34km. The time trials, which took the riders along the Muara-Tutong Highway, started and ended at the Bukit Shahbandar Recreational Park.

A total of 52 participants competed in the event, which had categories for men, women, youth, veterans as well as those with different abilities.

Elite champion Luqman described the win as a best moment in the first race for the cycling federation this year.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin and other officials with the winners. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

“Of course it is a best moment for me today. It is the first race for BDCF and I’m happy with them organising this event. They ran it very well,” Luqman told the Bulletin.

“I focussed on myself and do my best. I would accept any position. Winning the race today is a bonus for me.”

Luqman, a member of the Wakanda Cycling Team, thanked his teammates, family and friends for their support.

“I take my own teammates as my competition because it was more of an individual race,” Luqman said, who recorded the fastest time for the overall classification.

Meanwhile, Acting President of BDCF Haji Sofian bin Haji Thani said, “I am very pleased with the close collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and BDCF in organising the Individual Time Trial National Championship 2020, a championship that will result in a selection for Brunei’s National Team.”

Having overseen the first cycling competition of the year, Secretary General of BDCF Datin Hajah Sarimah binti Haji Umar also shared that a road race will be held on March 15.

Brunei national para cyclist Hamizan Samsudin, who was invited to participate in the ITT as part of his training for the ASEAN Para Games in Manila next month, clocked a time of 01:07:22.

The other winners included Reduan Yusop in the master category, Pengiran Jaysen bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Asmali in the veteran category, Hafiz Zulfazli Md Alli in the junior category and Marnie Farizan Ahmad in the women’s open category.

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin presented the prizes.