A cyclist from Terengganu, Siti Nur Alia Mansor has become the first South-east Asian woman to join a professional world acclaimed cycling team.
This after she recently signed on as a rider for Spain-based Canyon-SRAM Racing Team.
According to reports, the 21-year-old will be the first and only national woman cyclist to compete in the UCI Women’s World Tour.
She said she was contacted by Adam Szabo, a former Terengganu Cycling Team coach informing her that he was interested in signing her up.
“The one-year contract offer was like a dream come true. Adam is now coaching the Canyon-SRAM team which is the world’s fifth ranked women’s cycling team,” she said.
She said she took a month to ponder her future and cycling career before agreeing to the contract.
Siti Nur Alia, a Terengganu Malaysia Games (Sukma) athlete, recently received an allowance of RM3,000 from state Youth Development, Sports and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Committee chairman Wan Sukairi Wan Abdullah during an event to celebrate her success.
“This will be a stepping stone or start for me to chase bigger dreams, like competing at the Olympics.
“I will repay the sacrifices made by my family, coaches and the Terengganu cycling fraternity by bringing glory to Terengganu and Malaysia at the world stage one day,” said the 2018 Malaysia Games (Sukma) silver and bronze medalist.