GEORGE TOWN — A group of endurance athletes have become the first Malaysians to scale one of the world’s highest peaks by riding and carrying their mountain bikes to the top.
The achievement is from endurance specialist Nur Azhami Mohamad Anil Shah, who led nine other Malaysian cyclists to reach the summit of Annapurna Circuit in Nepal 5,416m above sea level, covering a distance of 260km.
Nur Azhami, 29, who is a consultant for an insurance firm, said the team, members of the Malaysian Recreation Council, began training in January for the climb in May this year.
“We used the Batu Caves steps to train as we did not have a similar terrain in Malaysia. We also did simulation exercises in Shah Alam.”
They focused on building up stamina, endurance and mental toughness.
They also carried 40kg of items on their backpacks daily besides their specially-designed mountain bikes which weighed 13kg each.
The group also cycled 100km daily as part of their training in the Klang Valley.
The 10 cyclists were shortlisted from a pool of 112 endurance specialists.
“Along the journey, we suffered from varying degrees of altitude sickness. I was feeling dizzy and had a loss in orientation but we persevered.”