Yearly Archives: 2007

Merdeka 50 Freeride

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In commemoration of Malaysia’s 50th Independence, THP paid tribute to the country by doing what we do best, and that is riding street luge in Malaysia. As Malaysia’s only street luge riders, we face difficult challenges in making the sport grow in the country. Well, all that has changed now. Back in February earlier this year, I appeared in a local Malaysian newspaper, Berita Harian. One brave soul from Johor contacted me and expressed his interest to get into the sport. After selling one of my classic luges to him, he took initiative and went practicing on his own. After … Continue reading

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2007 Alpspeed Results

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The 2007 IGSA Alpspeed World Cup in Thun, Switzerland has been a very interesting and dramatic race. With rain threatening the 4-day long event in the late afternoons and evenings starting from Thursday, July 19, 2007, the street luge riders were at the mercy of the wet road during qualifying. During the race however, the weather turned out for the better and the road was dry for the street luge race, with imminent rain looming over the horizon during the consolation and the final. The classic luge race was canceled due to heavy pouring rain that would prove to be … Continue reading

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2007 Almabtrieb Results

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The IGSA Almabtrieb World Championships Street Luge and Classic Luge races featured some really stiff competition on a tight technical course that tested the skills of each rider to the max. 31 Street Luge and 38 Classic Luge competitors raced in six man heats to determine the 2007 IGSA World Champions. Both races were dominated by an increasingly strong French team. Here are the top 16 finishers in each race as well as the Women’s results. Men’s Street Luge Results Gauthier DeKyndt FRA Sebastian Tournissac FRA Jonathan Blotter FRA Loic Zaccaro FRA Beni Weber SUI Yvon Labarthe SUI Edgar DeWit … Continue reading

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Training for Europe 2007

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The IGSA World Cup mayhem in July is now less than a month away. There will be 4 World Cup events all distributed within a one month span. The events will be held in Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, and Austria. I will be going to the 2007 IGSA Almabtrieb World Championship in Jungholz, Austria (July 11-14), and the 2007 IGSA Alpspeed Downhill World Cup in Thun, Switzerland (July 18-22). With airfare prices increasing from last year, it seemed perfect sense to attend more than one race, to make the trip more economical, worthwhile, as well as time and money well spent. … Continue reading

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Scouting hills in Penang

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Team rider William Robyn came down to Malaysia from France to do his 6-month internship at a German company named Schott in Penang. On July 30, 2006, William and I went to scout a hill in Penang that we found on Google Earth. This hill is located in Kampung Sungai Ara located near Bukit Jambul. The course measures 1 km in length and is quite interesting, featuring a large right-hand sweeper, one 90-degree left-hand turn, and one nice large right-hand hairpin, all separated by straight-aways. The only bad thing about this course is that there are these so-called speed bumps … Continue reading

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