Alhamdulillah, for the first time yesterday I managed to join a mass long distance ride at Bukit Jelutong. It was an event co-organised by LeTua cyling team, Bukit Jelutong Cycling Club and the Bukit Jelutong Residents Association. It was initially targetted for 500 riders but on the day of the event more than 800 people were participating.
I drove my car from Kuantan together with Mr Rahim or better known as Rahim Letua, a person who is active in cycling throughout his life and related to LeTua team as coach.
At 3:00AM, I could not sleep anymore. At 3:50AM I drove & fetched Abang Rahim from his house & by 4:05AM we were on our way to Bukit Jelutong. We reached Sime Darby Pavillion at 7AM. There were already many people coming. We parked our car at the nearby empty field, assembled our bike & quickly went to the starting point. It was my first time participating in such event & I was nervous. My worry was that I haven’t had my breakfast & my calf & thigh were still in slight pain after Bukit Panorama climb the day before.
Before the ride started, I managed to see my friends, Taufik & Azmi Tamil. Both have been riding bicycle for a long time & me still newbie.
At about 8:30AM, the race started. For the first 20KM we rode together in one huge crowd…..I didn’t really like it. Too crowded. Few accidents occurred. Not serious though.
But when the climb started, riders became separated. I can’t remember well, but we cycled through some palm estates & it was simple for me. And I am not sure whether it was before or after the feeding point, that I fell, because of cramp when climbing uphill. Let my Garmin’s cycling report from my Forerunner 405CX tell you the rest of the riding experience….
Since then the ride became hell for me. The hill after hill at KM 60-20 were really killing me. With so much pain on thigh & calf of both lower limbs……I managed only to walked & pushed my bike across several hills. I managed to cycled back only after about 25KM from the finishing line.
Along the way I saw many other people suffering the same fate. Many also had to call for support car to carry them home.
Eventually after 4.5 hours riding (1 hour wasted on walking & nursing the pain) I reached the finishing point.
It was indeed a great experience for me. Thanks to Abang Rahim to register me & also to my fellow buddies, Taufik & Azmi for the chat.
It was not the bike or whatever so expensive components you have. But, mental strength that eventually carry you home!
p/s Sorry, I don’t have many pictures to share.