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The interstate ride. Our very own version

I was inspired by PCC Interstate that I joined last year from Kajang to Kuala Pilah to Muar to Johor Baharu. So I decided to have our own version. A shorter distance was covered in just 2 days from Kuantan to Desaru. Eight of us from Kuantan together with around another 7 riders from Maran Cycling Club (majority juniors) started the journey from Kuantan at about 8:15AM. My original plan was to stop only at Nenasi, but since many had not had their breakfast, we stopped at Pekan. We reached Nenasi at about 12:30 afternoon. After 30-45 minutes there, we continued the ride to Rompin. We were crusing slowly at around 30-32 kmh allowing some juniors to keep up. In Rompin, we had our lunch, solat & even a quick shower. The next 50KM was fun especially after Endau where the road was rolling instead of the 130KM super flat previously. We stopped at La Bella Resort in Air Papan, Mersing forthe night.

On Day 2, we started the journey along the scenic road of Air Papan, took our breakfast and immediately after Mersing town the tougher route started! It was a never ending rolling from Mersing to Sedili. Few Johor friends, helped us. We can’t thank enough Joe from Joeleney Bike and others for the assistance. From Sedili (my kampung actually), we rode another 40-45KM along the coastal rough tarmac plus few more climbs under the scorching hot sun to Desaru. We finally decided to go to Tg Balau to complete the ride. In total we cycled more than 320KM!!

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KUANTAN160. My personal muse

KUANTAN160 is finally over. We did post event review yesterday. It was not a perfect event but it is considered OK for the first big cycling event handled by a non-pro event management.

What’s KUANTAN160 for me? Sincerely it was months of headache and frustration. Thing that make me happy were the smiling faces of those who completed the 160km torture. Nightmare for me were moments when people scolded me for not giving them medal. Only one huge problem to be considered when one organising such non-race but competitive cycling event. The expectation of riders. It was just too high to handle. It is just not worth it for me who is not living by organising such event.

When there were mix of fast & very slow riders, both wanna complete the 160km ride, technical & logistic arrangement became so complicated. One main conclusion we got after the meeting yesterday was not enough man-power to cover the huge distance between these two group of riders. Of course there were other problems. Things like riders not following rules, support cars/bike not considering safety of others,  marshalls not doing job as instructed, supply failed to be delivered as promised, lorries failed to arrive ontime etc.

Few important facts about me & KUANTAN160. I am not paid to organise this. I don’t get money organising this. I don’t bother about cert or token for me. I am from IIUM & KUANTAN160 did not have IIUM logo on it. I did 160km sub 7 hours even before the event, and I don’t care about the medal. I only wish one thing, I want people to be happy….. and I failed to make everyone happy.

If there is another KUANTAN160, there will be two categories. One is race, the other is fun ride with pace setter all the way. If and only if!

 

MC Cycling Team

Anyone can guess what ‘MC’ stands for? he he he