5th July 2008 : Yet another story book
turned reality for Singapore Women's
Cycling Team when Noor Azmah met up
with
Olivier Vaysset, counsellor for
science, education & culture at the French
Embassy yesterday to receive news from
Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli. Ms Longo's
registered mail was promptly handed to
SWCT by the amicable French diplomat
who also took keen interest in the CGI
development.
A recent survey of the Simpang Pulai route
reported a mileage of 93 kilometres
required to complete the climb, 31
kilometres longer than was initially
reported. In Singapore, all  the
undergraduates are currently doing
sustained 6~8 hour climb training, a feat no
less, even for seasoned male amateur
cyclists here
38 world records, Olympic
Championships, 105 medals at the OJ,
World Championships and France
Championships, 3 times Tour d'France
and 13 times World Championships, 30
medals ( World Championships and OJ )
and 54 France Championships.
She clocked the World's Best Hour
performance at 48.159km\h in Mexico,
Ms. Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli is an exemplar
in world professional women's cycling.
Her domination of the sports is unequalled
by any known cyclist of her gender and is
recognised as France's greatest
sportswoman not least, the only woman
cyclist with a legend to her name.
1996 and held the world hour-record in
Mexico City 2000 at 45.094 km\h.
" It is an extremely brave decision for these
12 girls to want to do the CGI. I can only
be there for them at the training but when
the climb starts, I cannot help them in their
personal fight. "
said Noor Azmah
yesterday.
The 12 participants will leave for Ipoh,
accompanied by a retinue of 28 support
personnel on the 6th August and be
baptised with the cycling experience of
their lives on the morning of 8th August.
Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli's written regard for
the CGI, joined by cycling legend Eddy
Merckx and UCI President, Mr Pat McQuaid,
constitutes a collective infirmary needed to
spur 12 beginner woman cyclists to excel
beyond themselves.
Ms. Longo's exploits include at least 1032
victories:
SWCT's tribute to
S.K.Convent,Cameron
Highlands
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The Lady with
a Heart of Gold
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90 kilometre climb
task 2 hours ahead
of schedule...
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Minister of Tourism
Malaysia, Dato' Sri
Azalina Dato' Othman
Said, sent letter of
support...
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Olivier Vaysset,
counsellor for science,
education & culture at the
French Embassy sends
news from Jeannie
Longo-Ciprelli...
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World Cycling Legend
Eddy Merckx relays
congratulatory note
through the Royal
Embassy of Belgium
in Singapore...
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UCI President, the
honourable Mr Pat
McQuaid sent greetings
and well wishes for
the inaugural 2008
CGI event ...
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Well wishes from Senior
Parliamentary Secretary,
MCYS, Teo Ser Luck...