KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 22 — The introduction ceremony of the 22 teams competing in the Le Tour de Langkawi (LTdL) 2023 cycling race was held in grand style at Dataran Panoramik earlier tonight.
The ceremony was officiated by Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Adam Adli Abdul Halim, and chairman of the Terengganu Youth, Sports and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Development committee Hishamuddin Abdul Karim.
A total of 131 riders representing 22 teams with WorldTeam, ProTeam, Continental and national team status will slog it out in the 27th edition, which covers a total race distance of 1,278.1 kilometres, traversing 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia.
The LTdL 2023, running from September 23 to September 30, starts with Stage One from Kerteh to Kuala Terengganu, followed by Stage Two (Kuala Terengganu to Kota Bharu), Stage Three (Jeli to Baling), Stage Four (Bukit Mertajam to Meru Raya), Stage Five (Slim River to Genting Highlands) , Stage Six (Karak to Melaka), Stage Seven (Muar to Seremban), and ending with Stage Eight (Setia Alam to Kuala Lumpur).
Earlier, a 300-strong crowd turned up to enliven the ceremony, which witnessed the display of the LTdL Trophy for the first time since its organisation.
The Stage One race starts from Kerteh to Kuala Terengganu tomorrow, covering a total distance of 187.4km, with all teams facing two Category Four climbs in Jerangau and Sekayu, as well as three sprint routes in Dungun, Ajil, and Tok Jamal.