Saving the best for the last, 6th April 2013 is the date that
Zachery Ahmad will remember. He’s the winner of the 2013 King Of The Hill organized by Kayuh Kuat Kuat with an amazing time of 58 seconds. Curiosity kills. So we decide to dig some info from him.
Tell us more about yourself.
My Name is Zachary. i am 18 this year. I’m currently schooling, i just got accepted in Republic Polytechnic.
Do you belong to any team & what are the experience being a part of the team?
I am part of the MonsterFixed Team. Back then, MonsterFixed mostly consist of hearing impaired riders. That is something unique about MFXD. Now the group has expanded, including other riders like myself and more. The experience was something to get use to. For example communicating. we had to learn basic sign language to talk. Overall they are just great especially when it comes to mashing on our bikes.
How did you get into fixed gear cycling?
I got into fixed gear cycling when i was still skateboarding. I was at scape, back then when i saw a group of cyclist came in. they were riding those bikes I’ve never really seen before. then turns out one of them is friend. and what not , i borrowed his bike for a spin. It was totally a different form of cycling. From that day i just had to get one. I do not know how long i saved and waited to get my bike, but i got a simple pre owned bike. From then on i kept on cycling. I also get to know more about the fixed gear scene through CrankArmSteady. Then it just goes on. cycling is like a drug i can’t stop.
Encouragement and support, where do they come from?
All the encouragement and support came from Friends. Friends, we kept pushing each other saying we can do it you know saying things like “is all about the mindset” telling each other we can do it. Family wise, my mother was always concerned about my safety. you know the roads are dangerous and so on. But I always let her know we ride in group so its much safer. Thank god, all the time I’m cycling, I reached home safely till this day and makes my mom more reassured that I’m always careful on the road.
What are your cycling routine and what prep did you took to be at your best for King Of The Hill 2013?
Well to tell you the truth, there is no serious preparation for the king of the hill. I just cycle with my friends, at times just mash around, mash up fly overs you know just keeping the legs moving. well the only training was the day after the location was announced. I did 4 laps up and down the hill with one of my team mate and friends. The next day is resting day and on the event day i just burst out all the way to the top.
Tell us the felling & adrenaline rush when your name is being announced for the 1st placing of KOTH 2013.
Well the feeling was amazing simply because i didn’t expect much. i thought i was a little slow for top 3. But With my mother being there, seeing me race for the very first time and knowing that her son won 1st place, i just can’t describe how it felt.
What are your last words?
I would like to thank kayuh kuat kuat and all those who are involved for organising this great event which i look forward to again and try to defend the title if i could. I would like to thank my team, MFXD for being there, friends form LSF (lapsap fixed) , Fixupyourgear, basically everyone i know! you guys are awesome! A special thanks to Eric and his brother for helping me building up the bike that i won! Its riding Great now!
To all riders ride safe and “KEEP ON PEDALLING MANZ” I remember that particular quote from the CAS soundtrack if I’m not wrong.