Asean mountain biking championship to be held in Brunei


The Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation (BDCF) with the cooperation of the Youth and Sports Department, Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, and the full support from the Brunei Tourism Development Department will be hosting the First ASEAN regional mountain biking competition, the 1st ASEAN Mountain Biking Championship 2009 to be held at the Berakas Forest Recreational Park, from March 12-15, 2009.

Brunei Darussalam was chosen by the ASEAN Cycling Association to host the event last year. Therefore, in preparation for the event, the BDCF will be organizing the Commissaries Course for members and those interested in marshalling for the championship. The course will be held from March 7-11, 2009 (excluding March 9) at the Kuliah Hall, Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium to begin at 8:30 am, where a short press conference for the 1st ASEAN Mountain Biking Championship will be held.

The championship is offering a total sum of about BND $6,000.00 in prize money and will be expecting a total of about 90 cyclists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, and Brunei Darussalam who will be represented by 6 local mountain bikers. One of the international star cyclists of the championship expected to participate is Sigianto Setiawan of Indonesia, a four-time winner of the ASIAN Championship and three-time gold medalist in the SEA Games.

Among the aims of organizing the event are:

– To promote Brunei Darussalam as a sports tourism destination
– To improve the local sports scene by organizing a prestigious mountain biking championship at the ASEAN regional level and hence further develop sports activities in general and to promote mountain biking mainly
– To help the local mountain bikers for their exposure and participation in future international competition
– To promote sports activities in Brunei Darussalam where Berakas Forest Recreational Park is one of the ‘Kenali Negara Kitani’ (KNK) sports activities destination for the general public.

The itinerary for the event are as follows:

March 12, 2009 – Arrival of international mountain bikers
Accommodation at the Games Village, Hassanal Bolkiah Sports Complex, Berakas

March 13, 2009 – Berakas Forest Recreational Park
09:00 hours – Opening Ceremony
– Seeding’s Downhill
– Afternoon practice session

March 14, 2009
09:00 hours – Final Downhill Competition
– Afternoon practice session

March 15, 2009
10:00 hours – Cross Country Elite / Open
15:00 hours – Prize giving and Closing Ceremony

For further information on the above event, please contact Irwan h/p:8893310.