I probably knew about this race about 10 years, long before I followed cycling or knew anything about pro cycling. I remember the start of the stage race was held at the city I was living in, Penang. I remember watching the first few stages of that year and that a stage was neutralised because vehicles were allowed on the road:o
After that I stopped following it, then in 2009 I started watching pro cycling seriously. I believed tour de Langkawi was an absolutely crap race contested by mediocore Asian riders. However, I heard Harmon talking about it and he was mentioning that it was one of the best races in Asia with a monster climb (genting highlands). I have been there and I thought it was a really mild hill and didn't believe what he said. But when I looked at the profile I was shocked. Never would I have believed that malaysia would have such a hard climb with 20km in length. I know it is considered very mild compared to the alps and the pyrenees but it really surprised me.
I also realised that very good riders from the european peloton were competiting in the race and I was shocked by the riders who have won the race
(rujano, serpa, horner, danielson, charteau)
I realised that this was a pretty good race and I have developed an interest in it.
It is also one of the few races near where I live. The other one is the OCBC Singapore criterium but that is a boring flat criterium, although I watched a bit of it on TV and there were good teams like greenEDGE and farnese vini.
I really intend to make the trip to malaysia and watch some real cycling action on the genting highlands one year when I'm free.
It will be a great opportunity for me as it is very hard to watch really good pro cycling live outside areas like europe, australia or USA.
So it really seems like a pretty nice race to me so lets have a discussion on this race.
And tell me what you know and like about this race.