L’Étape Malaysia Race Day & Winners List @ Desaru Coast

4,700 participants makes L’Étape Malaysia the second largest race after France! The Malaysian cycling scene gained a massive win in prominence and credibility following the unforgettable debut of L’Étape Malaysia, dubbed “the World’s Greatest Amateur Cycling Event” on June 4 in picturesque Desaru Coast. 

YAB Datuk Onn Hafiz, Menteri Besar of Johor Flagging off the riders of the inaugural L’Étape Malaysia 2022

The successful series, which has been organized in over 20 countries including France, China, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil and Australia has now successfully made its way to Malaysian shores which saw the participation of 4,700 participants. 

The mass participation made it officially the second largest L’Étape race after France, with people from all walks of life converging to share a unified love for cycling. 

Eager cyclists getting ready for flag off of the inaugural L’Étape Malaysia 2022 

L’Étape participants certainly felt the aura of a Tour de France rider as they experienced the scenic backdrop of Desaru Coast with its beautiful landscape, smooth flat roads as well as the Speed Zones. 

L’Étape Malaysia 2022 Race Day at Desaru Coast

It was not only an unforgettable experience for the riders, but they also got to revel in several exciting events in the lead-up and on raceday. This included the cultural performances from Warisan Johor, French Music Performances and French Pastry Classes that took place at the Festival Village on June 3-4. 

In total, over 10,000 visitors from participants as well as family and friends turned out to enjoy the activities at the Festival Village which made it an overwhelming success. 

Even though participating in an amateur event, the participants made it a competitive affair that made for an exciting finish especially in the 140KM individual category. 

Gift giving ceremony
from left: Azman Fahmi Osman, Chief Operation Officer of MUSE Group Asia; Riduwan Matni, Chief Executive Officer of MUSE Group Asia; Yang Berhormat Datin Paduka Hajah Hazlina binti Jalil, District Officer of Kota Tinggi; Yang Berhormat Tuan Mohd Hairi Bin Mad Shah, Johor State Committee Chairman for Sports Entrepreneur Development Co-operative and Human Resource; Muhammad Elmi Bin Juhari, L’ÉTAPE MALAYSIA – INDIVIDUAL MEN (140KM) Champion; Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Onn Hafiz bin Dato' Ghazi, Menteri Besar of Johor; Yang Berhormat Dato’ Haji ‘On Bin Jabbar@Ja’afar, Deputy State Secretary of Johor, Sports, Youth & Volunteerism

Muhammad Elmi Jumari was crowned the men’s champion in the 140KM individual category with a time of 3:11:11, while Yeong Zhen Yi crossed the line as champion in the women’s 140KM individual category with a time of 3:14:29. Elmi was surprised with his victory, as he had took part only to help his friend. 

“Me and my friend both reached the final stretch together, and I managed to win it by a whisker. I certainly did not expect this, as I had only came to help him. I would like to thank the Royal Malaysian Police as their employee, to allow me to train full time for this event,” said the 30-year-old. 

Elmi’s reward is an all-expense paid trip and participation to the L’Étape Du Tour de France 2023.

L’Étape Malaysia 2022 Winners List

L’Étape Malaysia co-organizer MUSE Group Asia and Sports Johor Sdn Bhd was thrilled with the success of this debut event. 

“We were excited to bring this event to Malaysia but didn’t know how big it could be until we saw its success this weekend. We couldn’t have asked for a more successful participation from both the amateur and seasoned riders. From the evidence of this event, all the riders and spectators had a great time which is a testament to the growing cycling interest in not only Malaysia, but Asia as a whole,” said MUSE Group Asia CEO Riduwan Matni.

Sports Johor General Manager Hj. Mohd Johari bin Tarmidi said the success of L’Étape Malaysia will pave the way for more sporting events to be held in the state in the future. 

“We are proud to host this event in Johor, and to see how well it has been received. Our commitment to hosting more sports events in the state has been tremendously encouraged after witnessing what sports can bring to the community,” he said.  

Menteri Besar of Johor Datuk Onn Hafiz Bin Ghazi congratulated the organizers for making this a truly memorable event. 

“We had generated RM13 million from this event, which is a testament to the hard work all parties involved had put in to make this successful. L’ÉtapeMalaysia also marks the start of more sporting events to be held in Johor in the coming months,” he said. 

YAB Datuk Onn Hafiz witnessing the mock cheque presentation to National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) by L’Etape Malaysia

Datuk Onn Hafiz also witnessed the mock cheque ceremony by L’Étape Malaysia and Iskandar Investment Berhad to The National Autism Society of Malaysia worth RM21,000. 

The sponsors were also esctatic to be part of this event and shared their enthusiasm.

The partners for L’Étape Malaysia include Official Venue Desaru Coast; Malaysia Airlines as the Official Airlines; Main Partners Chek Hup and Majlis Sukan Negeri Johor; aminoVITAL as the Official Sport Nutrition; Official Radio BuletinFM; and Official Insurance ETIQA General Insurance. Supporting Partners include; Official Cycling Device Garmin, Official Eyewear Oakley, Official Car Hap Seng Star Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Official Watch Tissot, Official Apparel ZOOT, Official Protein Drink OPI, Official Insurance YAS Microinsurance, Iskandar Investment Berhad, Cycology, Majlis Kebajikan dan Sukan Anggota-Anggota Kebajikan (MAKSAK), ChampionChip, Orange Room, FACTOR, Plan A, The Westin; along with Media Partners TIKTOK, TheVibes.com, Cycling Malaysia; as well as Strategic Partners French Embassy Malaysia and CCI France Malaysia.

For more information including the race routes, accommodation ideas, and other FAQs, please visit L’Étape Malaysia

Website: www.letapemalaysia.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/letapemalaysia 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/letapemalaysia 

Tiktok: www.tiktok.com/@letapemalaysia 

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