NATIONAL cyclists Muhammad Raihaan Abd Aziz and his brother Muhammad Imaadi have signed for new team, the Positiviti Peugeot Cycling Team from Japan.
In an interview with The Brunei Times recently, Muhammad Raihaan said that he had finished his one year contract with the Brunei-based cycling team CCN (Continental Cycling Team) this year.
"This year will be a new journey and challenge for me. I will be joining a new cycling team from Japan with my brother Muhammad Imaadi.
"I'm looking forward to gaining more experience on the road with such a great team next year and I would like to thanks my former club CCN for their support last year," he said.
CCN are Brunei's first professional cycling team and were registered at the UCI (International Cycling Union) in 2011.
Muhammad Raihaan Abd Aziz cycled for CCN for the first time last January at the ADC Cup Tour of Vietnam last where he impressed after finishing 13th (18:20.25).
Arguably the best cyclist in the country, last year was a year of mixed fortunes for Muhammad Raihaan where he started off in January crossing the line in first position in the Men's Open category at the 2nd Sibuti Road Race Challenge in Batu Niah, Miri after finishing second in the Inter-Ministry Sports Festival 88km road race just five days before.
He failed to complete the 180km elite men's road race at the Asian Cycling Championships (ACC) in Kuala Lumpur in February due to injury. He then finished in 51st position at the Jelajah Malaysia 2012 in Kuala Lumpur in May.
The 24-year-old then finished on the podium of the Pehin Dato Awg Hj Yahya National Open Cycling Competition 2012 in July after crossing the line in third place. His younger brother Mohd Imaadi eventually won the race ahead of Fito Bando Prilanji.
First on the calendar this year for Muhammad Raihaan and Muhammad Imaadi is the Asian Cycling Championships (ACC) which will be held on March 8-19 in New Delhi, India.
The Brunei Times