Muhd Nurjamri Johari taking a
picture with the Brunei flag while
competing at the MTB Huangshan
2013 in China.Picture: Courtesy of
Muhd Nurjamri Johari
Muhd Nurjamri Johari couldn't have asked for a better outing at the MTB Huangshan 2013 in China.
The national cyclist, riding under the banner of Endurace cycling team, finished in 26th position out of 127 riders for the April 13-14 event.
He clocked a time of 1 hour and 59 minutes in the 40-kilometre first stage. He completed the 80km second stage with at time 4h 32mins which saw him slip two places.
Nurjamri was delighted with his results having finish inside the top-30 against some top quality riders.
"I'm satisfied with the results because I was aiming to finish in the top-30 and I managed to achieve that," Nurjamri told The Brunei Times yesterday.
"I think that is a good result considering those who competed are riders with world rankings.
"I managed to keep up with the pace but the only problem was the difficulty in adjusting to the weather conditions," he said.
"It was really cold (10-15 degrees Celsius) once we got up to higher ground. It made things really tough. But overall this race was a very good experience for me especially since there were a lot of European riders," continued the Tutong native.
Next on the calendar for Nurjamri is tentatively a race in Mongolia at the end of June.
"That is still in discussion and hopefully I will get to go. As for now I will continue to train and get better," said Nurjamri.
"If I don't go for that race then the alternative is to go to Kuala Lumpur for another competition," he said.
More importantly, he is targeting to be a part of the Sultanate's contingent to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar in December.
He was the only Bruneian to have tried out the course during the pre-SEA Games cycling competition in Naypyidaw last month.
Nurjamri finished ninth out of the 10 competitors in the cross-country event after suffering from technical problems that ended his race prematurely.
"The main target for the year is to compete at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games," said the rider.
"The track in Myanmar was alright but I was unlucky to be hit with bike problems. The chain broke which resulted in me not being able to finish the race," he said.
National cycling coach Yafiz Jamaludin has got 10 cyclists shortlisted for the SEA Games six for the road race event, two for cross-country and two for downhill.
Apart from Nurjamri, the other rider for the cross-country event is Muhammad Raihaan Abd Aziz.
Reduan Yusop, I'maadi Aziz, Rifa'ie Johor, Loqman Hadzid, Syazwi Hairolrani and Nazri Mastani make up the road race team while Azizi Kamal and Shahnizzam Hj Tamit are the ones for the downhill event.
They have been training since last year and are looking to go to Kota Kinabalu to train again after a successful stint there in February.
Courtesy from Brunei Times