A Malaysian first: Drive and Ride with Infiniti

Cool cars plus a thrilling ride up and down Fraser’s Hill make the Infiniti Drive and Ride an unforgettable outing for all

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The concept of a ‘Drive and Ride’ cycling event was pretty much unheard of in Malaysia, until we got together with sister publication Cycling Plus Malaysia and Infiniti Malaysia recently. Together, we organised the first cycling and driving event of its kind in Malaysia.

It wasn’t your typical cycling event because we managed to combine the experience of testing a selection of dynamic, premium cars with a cycling outing. The aim of the Infiniti Drive and Ride event was to let avid cyclists experience vehicles they usually would not get a chance to drive and, at the same time, let them feel what it’s like to be treated like a professional cycling team.

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The plan was simple. First, we would let all 32 cyclists we invited to take turns to drive a fleet of nine Infiniti cars in convoy, after a flag-off from the Infiniti Centre at Jalan Tun Razak, KL, to Kuala Kubu Baru (KKB) in the first leg. Once there, they would then gear up for the second leg and switch to their prized bikes for the 40km ride up to Fraser’s Hill for brunch at the Shahzan Inn. The third leg would see them cycle 40km back down to KKB before making the drive back to the Infiniti Centre.

Like the bikes our guests brought, the cars Infiniti Malaysia had graciously provided were equally cool. Notable among the nine cars were the sleek Q60 sports coupe, the Q50 hybrid sports saloon and the ever capable QX70 performance crossover. Simply put, we had enough Infinitis to wow any avid petrolhead.

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As there were cyclists and their prized bikes involved, we also had Thule, the Swedish transportation solutions provider. The brand supplied us with its renowned bicycle mounts and racks that easily fitted on the roofs of each Infiniti, allowing the guests to easily secure their bikes for the drive to KKB town and back.

Of course, the fun didn’t just end there. After a full morning’s drive and ride, several participants took home gifts courtesy of Infiniti Malaysia and Thule Southeast Asia, each valued northwards of RM1,000. Judging from the countless smiles, everyone had a thrilling time indeed. The consensus was that it was nice to be treated like pro cyclists, even if it was for a short while.

Could this be the start of something new for us here at TGM and our sister publication Cycling Plus Malaysia? We reckon so. We’ll take this opportunity to thank all our partners, namely Infiniti Malaysia and Thule Southeast Asia, as well as all the participants and the clubs they represented for making this one-of-a-kind outing happen. You can check out more photos of our inaugural Drive and Ride event on Cycling Plus Malaysia’s official Facebook page.

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