Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Forget the mind games

PETALING JAYA: National time trial specialist Ng Yong Li has warned his team-mates to be prepared for the worst in Indonesia.

The 25-year-old rider with profesional team Le Tua believes the host nation is waging a psychological war against other countries in the cycling events.

“At first, we were told the individual time trial would cover 35km. Now, checks at their official website show it will be 50km,” he said

All set: Ng Yong Li believes Indonesia is waging a psychological war against other countries in the cycling events.
“The date of the event has also been changed from the 16th to 15th. We must not fall prey to their mind games and concentrate on our preparations.”

Yong Li is the favourite for gold going by his sixth place finish in the Asian Cycling Championsips in Bangkok in February. He will also compete in the team time trial with Akmal Amrun, Mohd Nazri Muhamad and Mohd Raud Nur Misbah.

“We were told at first that the time trial would have four riders in a team, but when we spoke to Indonesian riders during the Tour of Indonesia last month, they told us it would be six to a team.
“Thinking too much about the changes will disrupt our focus so we should just ignore them for now,” said Yong Li.

The time trial will be held in Subang, some three hours away from Jakarta, with a mountain top finish near Tangkuban Perahu in Bandung.

“It will be a different sort of time trial as we will not be able to use specific bikes due to the terrain,” said Yong Li.

“The organisers have definitely outlined the course to their advantage but I am prepared for it,” he said.


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