BRUNEI Darussalam national cycling coach Yafiz bin Jamaludin has vacated the role following the end of his contract earlier this month, marking an end to eight years of service.
The Malaysian, who is one of the long-serving foreign coaches in the country, was first appointed in December 2009.
Yafiz enjoyed regional success on a smaller scale most recently winning bronze in the OCBC Cycle Speedway Southeast Asia (SEA) Championship last year only behind Malaysia and Philippines.
“As a coach who has been given the mandate, the sacrifices that I have made is my responsibility in carrying out my job and what really drives me on is ambition in the development of cycling and to bring honour to Brunei Darussalam in the regional and international level,” said the former national cycling coach in an interview with the media.
The former coach indicated that a memorable moment that stood out in his career representing the national cycling team was guiding the country’s sole representative Muhammad Imaadi bin Abdul Aziz in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) today unveils a new brand identity to help modernise the image of the organisation. A new logo is central to the update.
The distinctive rainbow stripes – which are synonymous with the UCI World Champions – are a prominent feature of the new logo, reflecting the heritage of the UCI and its World Championship events. It is only the second time in 115 years that the UCI has refreshed its logo.
As the international governing body of cycling, the UCI is responsible for eight different cycling disciplines and their respective World Cups and World Championships. The UCI also oversees World Championship events for amateur (Masters) riders, and puts a lot of resources into developing cycling as a recreational activity and a means of transport.
A key element of the brand modernisation is to strengthen the UCI’s identity and to increase its visibility across all applications.
Developed in collaboration with the renowned branding agency SomeOne, the redesigned logo is supported by a broader communications package, including iconography, graphics, photography and typography. The rebrand, which is being implemented across all UCI initiatives, aims to strengthen the UCI’s relationships with its stakeholders, audiences and commercial partners.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “The refreshed brand identity symbolises the UCI’s commitment to modernise and innovate while staying true to the organisation’s heritage and tradition. With the aim of maximising brand exposure in line with the UCI’s development strategy, the new logo and the wider communications package will work more effectively in collaboration with events, partners and sponsors – helping to create a stronger, more recognisable UCI brand.”
NATIONAL cycling coach Yafiz Jamaludin (pic) is encouraging all cyclists to sign up for the National Cycling Championship 2014 Series.
Beginner and junior categories have now been introduced in addition to the individual and team classifications.
Yafiz wants more participation as he is scouting for potential cyclists to partake in his development programme.
“I’m looking for cyclists to join my development team. The junior and beginner categories will join under the BDCF (Brunei Darussalam Cycling Federation) Development Cycling Project,” said Yafiz yesterday.
“I’m looking for six development riders to train with me every afternoon during weekdays and mornings for weekends,” he added.
The routes for the beginner category will be 5.6 kilometres while the latter will be 33km.
Closing date for entry for the new categories is set for Thursday (April 10).
The first-of-its-kind series is organised by the BDCF in collaboration with the Department of Youth and Sports and the 137km race will start and end at the vicinity of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium in Berakas.
The first leg will be held next Sunday and Yafiz is looking at selecting cyclists for an upcoming competition.
“I will make this race on the 13th as my selection for riders (Bruneian and Permanent Resident) to represent the country at the Melaka Chief Minister Cup 2014 on April 27 at Melaka,” said Yafiz.
“Now we see many riders joining the series so why not give them this opportunity to represent the country,” he added.
The top-10 individuals will be awarded points for each race. The winner will get 100, runner-up will receive 80 and third-place will be given 70 points.
The point system for the rest of the top-10 are as follows: fourth (60), fifth (50), sixth (40), seventh (30), eighth (20), ninth (10) and 10th (four).
The rest of the field who complete the race within the allocated time will receive one point. The team classification will be determined by the top-three riders in the team for each series.
A tie on points will be determined based on the best individual position. Cash prizes will be up for grabs at the end of the series.
The series continues on May 11, Aug 10, Sept 14 and Dec 21.
The Brunei Times
NATIONAL cycling coach Yafiz Jamaludin felt that Muhammad I’maadi Abd Aziz’s inability to finish the 168km men’s road race at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday wasn’t entirely the cyclist’s fault.
Although Yafiz shared that the result was not was he expected to see, he added that it was a very bad race as only 12 of the 138 riders managed to cross the finish line in Glasgow.
Yafiz stated that the poor finishing was due to an early crash in the first lap ahead of a large group, causing a jam for the cyclists from the middle of the pack to the back.
Brunei’s sole representative at the Games went on to see himself through to the third of the 12 laps before being pulled out of the race held at the Glasgow City Road Course.
During the team managers meeting, it was agreed that a rider must withdraw from the race if he is more than 10 minutes behind the leader.
“I’maadi was pulled out of the race by the commissar after three laps because he was too far away from the leader,” Yafiz told The Brunei Times.
“It wasn’t only I’maadi who was taken out at the time… So many riders in his group were pulled off because of the crash.
“The course was very technical, and in addition to that it was raining - making it dangerous for the riders… That’s why so many riders couldn’t finish the race.
“It was a nice course but it’s not good when it’s raining… The rain didn’t stop for the whole race which made the course slippery,” added Yafiz.
Wales’ Geraint Thomas won the gruelling race after recovering from a puncture with just under 6km to go, making the Team Sky rider the first Welsh winner of the road race.
A sprint finish saw New Zealand's Jack Bauer claim silver while Scott Thwaites took bronze for England.
The race, contested in strong winds and torrential rain, was led for 120km by the Isle of Man's Peter Kennaugh.
The 25-year-old held his advantage for eight laps with the rest of the chasing peloton content to leave him out on his own before he was reeled in by Thomas, Bauer and Thwaites with 49km to go.
Kennaugh, who at one stage held nearly a two minute advantage, dropped down the order to eventually finish in eighth.
With 12km left, Thomas made his move to open a substantial gap on his opponents.
England claimed a one-two in the women's road race as Lizzie Armitstead went one better than New Dehli to claim gold.
It was a historic moment for Armitstead as she won England's 2000th Commonwealth Games medal. Only Australia have won more.
The 25-year-old finished the 98.14km course ahead of teammate Emma Pooley who added another silver to the one she won in the time trial.
A photo finish saw South Africa's Ashleigh Pasio claim her country's first road race medal as she just edged Australia's Tiffany Cromwell for bronze following a dramatic sprint to the line.
For Armitstead, the win allows her to banish the memories of finishing second in New Dehli and at the London 2012 Olympics.
Prior to Sunday’s road race, I’maadi also took part in two track events at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on August 26-27 – the men’s 40km point race and men’s 20km scratch race.
I’maadi’s best performance at the Games was when he started his campaign in the point race where he missed the 24-man final by one spot after placing 13th during his qualifying heat. The scratch race saw him get knocked out with 20 laps to go after failing to keep up with the other cyclists.
In a previous report in The Brunei Times, Yafiz applauded I’maadi’s efforts shown on the velodrome despite the country not having one of its own.
The Brunei Times, AFP
NATIONAL cyclist Muhammad I’maadi Abd Aziz was just one of the numerous riders who were unable to finish yesterday’s men's road race at the Commonwealth Games.
T he tough 168 km race saw only 12 contestants finish the course, and according to the BBC, many of the 140 starters dropped out before the end of the 12 laps of the 14km circuit around the centre of Glasgow.
The race was I’maadi’s last event at the Games.
Brunei’s only contestant at the Games, I’mmadi also competed in qualifiers for the men's 20km scratch race and the men’s 40km points race.
He was forced to retire from the former after being one of the two riders left behind by a big group of cyclists, and in the latter, he finished 13th in the field of 17 cyclists.
The men’s 40km points race qualifiers proved to be his best performance as the top-12 cyclists progressed to the final.
Prior to yesterday’s road race, I’maadi said that he was targeting a top-30 finish as that would already be considered a “gold medal” to him.
In the end, though, only a dozen cyclists – none of them Asian - completed a course which saw Welshman Geraint Thomas claim top spot.
THOMAS SURVIVES LATE PUNCTURE TO LAND ROAD RACE GOLD
Thomas overcame the drama of a late puncture in treacherous conditions to win the men's road race with 4:13:05.
Thomas, who took bronze in the time trial on Wednesday, appeared to be cruising to victory before he came to a standstill with around six kilometres left of the 168-km slog through continual rain.
The 28-year-old had to wait what seemed an age to have a new wheel fitted but kept his composure and had enough time in hand on pursuers Jack Bauer of New Zealand, who claimed silver (4:14:26) and England's Scott Thwaites (4:14:26) to take the title.
“That was such a grim day,” Thomas told the BBC.
“To be honest, I felt terrible at the start.
“I was thinking of just stopping, I felt that bad. But then everyone else seemed to come down to my level.
“I was surprised how easily I went away. When I had the puncture I thought 'What have I got to do?' but fortunately I had a decent enough gap to stay in front.
“It was a good day in the end.”
England's Lizzie Armitstead, who won silver medals at Delhi in 2010 and the London 2012 Olympics, took gold in the women's 98-km road race.
Armitstead finished 25 seconds ahead of compatriot Emma Pooley, who cried as she crossed the finish line in the final race of her career, while South Africa's Ashleigh Pasio was third.
“This is something I have always dreamed about; it means so much to me. I am always a runner-up,” Armitstead said.
“I am really happy.
“That was the best cycling teamwork I have ever been a part of. It's such a shame Emma is retiring today, it was a fantastic job from her and all the girls, I am really proud of them.”
The Brunei Times, Reuters
A TOP 30 finish in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games men’s road race would be considered a high achievement for national cyclists Muhammad I’maadi Abd Aziz.
Brunei’s sole representative at the Games in Scotland will be taking on the 172km Glasgow City Road Course against some tough competition today.
I’maadi told The Brunei Times that finishing in the top-30 would be considered a “gold medal” to him.
“The course is a really hard one, with five climb sections for every lap (riders will have to complete twelve 14.4km laps),” noted I’maadi.
“The race could be dangerous with the climb and corners, so I need to be well positioned to stay away from it.
“I’m excited to race with the professional riders as it will be good experience for me,” said I’maadi.
Prior to the Games, I’maadi was given the opportunity to train at the Under-23 Road Training Camp at the Union Cycliste Internationale World Cycling Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, in March for three months.
National cycling coach Yafiz Jamaludin hopes his rider will be able to produce good results after gaining experience in the road race event from the training camp.
Yafiz said that there are a lot of professionals taking part and some of them just finished their Tour De France campaign.
“I’maadi has been training on his own with the Malaysian riders… There are too many traffic lights here, so it wasn’t possible for me to escort him during training,” said Yafiz.
“He has done some effort training to increase his performance since he has to make the transition from track to road,” added Yafiz.
I’maadi started off his campaign on the track in the men’s 40km point race and men’s 20km scratch race last weekend at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
He was unable to progress pass the qualification rounds, though he showed his best performance in the point race where he was one spot away from making it through after finishing in 13th out of 17 riders.
The Brunei Times
NATIONAL cycling coach Yafiz Jamaludin had nothing but praise for Muhammad I'maadi Abd Aziz after his gutsy performances in two track events at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Despite being unable to achieve his target of a top-20 finish after failing to qualify for the finals of both his events so far, I'maadi's displays at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome have still impressed Yafiz – largely because Brunei doesn't have a velodrome of its own.
“He does not have any exposure and intensive training when it comes to track cycling, but he was still determined to give it his best,” Yafiz told The Brunei Times on Monday when asked about I'maadi's men's 20km scratch race qualifiers on Sunday.
“For me, he worked hard to put out his best performance, and I am very satisfied with all his efforts.
“If you measure it in terms of his preparation and that of the other cyclists, it is very encouraging because he was the only cyclist from a country that does not have a track, but still joined a track event. I really hope one day Brunei will have its own velodrome,” added the coach.
Adding more weight on I'maadi's shoulders is the fact the 21-year-old is the country's only representative in Glasgow, but he has taken that in his stride.
Competing in the men's 20km scratch race qualifiers, I'maadi managed to hold his own until the later stages of the event.
Yafiz explained that the race started with 18 cyclists and only the top-12 would enter the final.
With 20 laps to go, there were only 14 cyclists who were still in action, but in the last 15 laps, I'maadi and a cyclist from Barbados were left behind by a big group of riders – which meant they were then knocked out.
Yafiz went on to state that the rules allow the race commissioner to disqualify any cyclist who falls too far behind the main group so as not to hinder them.
“It was very disappointing for him... But I advised him to forget about the defeat so he could focus on the road race on Sunday,” said Yafiz.
“Physically, it was obvious I'maadi was the smallest of them all, and there was also a big gap in their experience,” added the Malaysian.
I'maadi was close to qualifying for the final of his first event, the men’s 40km points race on Saturday, when he finished 13th in the field of 17 cyclists.
Both the 20km scratch race and 40km points race divided the entries into two heats, with the top-12 from each heat progressing to the final.
The Brunei Times
NATIONAL cyclist Muhammad I'maadi Abd Aziz was knocked out of the men's 20km scratch race qualifiers at the Commonwealth Games yesterday.
I'maadi failed to finish in the top-12 of the 18-man heat to secure his spot in the final 24 at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, Scotland.
I'maadi kicked off his campaign on Saturday in the men's 40km points race where he barely missed out on the final after finishing a commendable 13th during the 17-cyclist heat.
The top-12 from both heats progressed to the 24-man final, where New Zealand's Thomas Scully went on to seal gold ahead of Isle of Man's Peter Kennaugh and New Zealand's Aaron Gate.
Brunei's sole representative at the Games, I'maadi will now be switching bikes to take part in the men's road race for his last event on Sunday.
The Brunei Times