Senior Citizen Completes 8,000km Solo Ride Across Three Countries

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KOTA BHARU – Veteran cyclist Wan Hashim Wan Mahmood successfully completed an 8,000km cycling mission across three countries – Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand – here, Tuesday.

Wan Hashim, 71, was awarded a certificate from the ‘Malaysia Book of Records’ as the first senior citizen cyclist to perform a solo ride across the three countries.

He began his mission on Nov 26, 2015, and arrived at the Kelantan Tourism Information Centre here, at around 12.30pm, and greeted by his family members and State Culture, Tourism and Heritage Committee chairman Maj (Rtd) Datuk Md Anizam Abd Rahman.

In 2014, Wan Hashim was recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records as the oldest male solo cyclist to go around the Peninsula and in the same year rode across Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, with sponsorship from several parties, including the state government as well as a telecommunications company.

Speaking to reporters after the feat, Wan Hashim, who is affectionately called Pak Wan said he successfully completed the mission in 76 days with RM10,000 in funds provided by the Kelantan government.

He said despite the many challenges, he managed to complete the mission as members of his family gave him much encouragement and support throughout the period.

“Among the challenges were, I had to cycle in the rain and hot weather, and experienced two accidents – once with a lorry and when the bicycle tyres were punctured in the jungle, but my family always gave full support to successfully complete the mission this time,” he said.

Asked about his future plans, Pak Wan said he was now looking for sponsors to do a European tour which is expected to take about four months, and requires about RM200,000.

“I will ‘hang up’ my bike after that goal is achieved,” he said. – BERNAMA