Cycling: New team to nurture young riders into future national athletes

Teen cycling enthusiasts now have a new cycling team to develop their skills and be sent for regional and international competitions.

Pro Development Project (PDP), a joint venture by Singapore and Terengganu, was launched yesterday at the Shimano Cycling World bike shop at Kallang Wave Mall.

The cycling team - which is the brainchild of Terengganu State Sports Council, Terengganu State Cycling Association and several Singaporean sponsors including Shimano - aim to develop young riders to become future national athletes.

This comes as good news to the local cycling fraternity, as they struggle to find support for the professional cycling community.

Said PDP's team manager, Loh Kheng Wah: "The local cycling scene desperately needs this.

"Last year, we only had one competition and even then, that was cancelled.

"Terengganu has a great cycling community and I believe this venture will be a big boost for us."

In addition to Loh, the team is also mentored by Terengganu coach Syed Mohamed Hussaini Syed Mazlan, who was named Terengganu's Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

The PDP will provide youth-level cyclists with the resources to train like professionals.

Members will also be given the opportunity to compete more regularly, giving the local riders here much needed experience that would go a long way to help them excel.

Currently, the PDP has six members, and a team of four are already scheduled to take part in the Tour of Friendship in Thailand held in May.