NOW that cycling in Brunei is starting to develop further, there are no problems in finding elite cyclists to represent the country at the international level.
There are a lot of elite cyclist competing in local races, the difficult part is finding junior and beginner cyclists to join.
National level tournaments that are organised in Brunei find it hard to attract junior and beginner cyclists.
This might be because of school commitments, or a lack of confidence in competing in such races.
They also might not know the correct channels to go through to register for these races.
But junior and beginner cyclists are needed as a back-up, or a developmental squad, for the current generation of elite cyclists.
This development team is part of our long-term plan as we prepare for the 2019 SEA Games, which Brunei will host.
This plan will only work if more teenagers come forward and show their will and ability to be nurtured into developmental cyclists as back-up for the national team.
This plan is still in its infancy and there are still many chances for youths to get involved.
If they get started now, there will be many opportunities for them to be national cyclists in the future.
The Malaysia Games (SUKMA), which Brunei competes as an invitational team, is a short-term plan for this developmental squad.
The search for this generation of developmental squad cyclists will be done every year to scout and identify new talent in the sport.
Desire and a strong will are needed to produce high-calibre cyclists capable of representing the country in the future, and their training programme will be carried out with the school calendar in mind.
There are no barriers to train if a cyclist has a strong interest in the sport as the trainings will be carried out every evening after school.
This training will be carried alongside the training for the national cycling team, making the training more interesting.
By training this way, the national (competitive) series will be more competitive as well.
Attractive prizes are offered during those races, and following a systematic training programme will help cyclists mature and get more experience.
Only by training hard can someone become a champion, and as coaches often say, "nobody is born to be a champion, you have to train to be one."
Interested teenagers can contact me at 8915958, and I hope more Bruneian youth will develop an interest to explore cycling.
The Brunei Times