700 cyclists join expedition to ride for health
OVER 700 people gathered yesterday in Tutong to take part in the first cycling expedition in conjunction with Pg Muda Mahkota Pg Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah (PMMPMHAMB) Hospital’s 18th anniversary since 1998.
The expedition, organised by the hospital and the Tutong Cycling Team, carried the theme “Cycling for Health” and was aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle.
According to the hospital, the expedition is also hoped to provide the public with an opportunity to take part in sport activities that will help fulfil the Ministry of Health’s vision of a healthy sultanate.
The expedition yesterday gave cyclists two route options: 20km within Tutong district and a 56km from Tutong to Brunei-Muara.
Minister of Health Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Zulkarnain Hj Hanafi was present during the expedition where he took part in the 56km route.
Hj Aminudin Hj Abd Karim, one of the participants, said the expedition is a great effort in making the public more interested in sports and exercise.
“I hope the public will be more interested in cycling and other sports because these sports will be good for them because it will ensure they have a healthier lifestyle,” said Hj Aminudin, who is also the chairman of the Tutong Cycling Expedition Volunteers (BEST).
The chairman said BEST is also planning to collaborate with the hospital to organise more cycling expeditions in the future.
Another participant, Noordin Khalid, said the expedition will help people to look after their health.
“It is good to see people here together to cycle for their health. I hope that people will continue to look after their health by exercising,” he said.
“In life, we need to look after our health, and cycling is one of the ways to ensure we have a healthier lifestyle.”
Mohd Tafiz Jamaludin, another participant who is also the national cycling coach, said the expedition will not only promote a healthier lifestyle, but it could also increase the number of future cycling athletes in Brunei.
“This could help increase interest, overtime, the number of national cyclists could rise and events like these will give them quality training grounds,” he said.
Also present to take part in the expedition were the ministry’s permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretary and the Tutong district officer.
The Brunei Times