Ridwan aims to match 'big boys'

Up-and-coming track rider Ridwan Sahrom is determined to overtake his seniors in the coming seasons.

Ridwan, who is the younger brother of national elite rider Shah Firdaus, has shown promising signs over the last few years, and is set to be among Malaysia's next generation of track stars.

The 21-year-old proved he was not far off the seniors at the recent National Track Championships in winning one silver (1km time trial) and two bronze (sprint and keirin).

Only Fadhil Zonis and Shah were better than Ridwan in the individual events.

"I am quite happy with my performance in the National Championships as I am just coming into a new training block," said Ridwan.

"There is still a lot of room for improvement but overall it was a good experience as I was competing against my seniors.

"Over the next few years my goal is to be on the same level as my brother (Shah) as well as the other seniors.

"They have taught me a lot on how to further develop as a rider. I like the approach they take to training and always look forward to racing with them.

"My next major international competition will be the Asian Championships (ACC)."

Ridwan was involved in athletics and hockey in his earlier years before he switched to cycling at the age of 12.

The ACC in New Delhi on June 18-22 will serve as a good opportunity for Ridwan to gauge his form against his regional rivals.

The competition at the ACC is, however, expected to be stiff as more top riders will focus on the Asian meet due to the postponement of the Hangzhou Asian Games to next year.

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