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Since starting cycling in mid 2010 I have been longing to participate in the Interstate for years. Missed the one crossing East-West Highway and the trans Cameron Highland ones.
Thanks to Zali, Dr Azmi & all BJCC (Bukit Jelutong Cycling Club) who allowed me to tag with the team for 2012 interstate from Kajang to Johor Baharu.
On Friday, 27th April, I took a leave. Prepared things for the long ride. I managed to install my new bottom bracket bearings from Enduro Real World Cycling (RWC) I ordered online, tuned my gearing even got a new Botrager XXX wheelset. Unfortunately just before I left for KL, my car won’t start. Spent over a thousand MYR to get the fuel pump, fuel filter & a sensor in the bonnet replaced. One good thing tho’, because of the delay, I managed to get the riding plate holder I ordered from Sayuti from Bike Tech Subang the day before. After Marghrib prayer I departed from my house.
About 11PM I reached Taufik’s house in Bandar Tun Hussien Onn. It was an OK drive. The traffic were not that heavy. Taufik gave me my IS goodies pack & I started to mount the riding plate, tune the bike again, fill up the bottles with water (and Hammer Fizz), charge Edge800 & my Jabra Sport earphones. Taufik also loan me his BJCC Coca Cola jersey.
The next day, after Fajar’s prayer Taufik’s wife sent us to Presscot Hotel in Kajang we started the ride. There were alreadt a lot of people. The event was a simple one. No VIP, no politician, no special ceremony. Just a bunch of cracy guys (& gals) who want to torture their butt for hours.
On Day 1, we were served the hills! I did Broga once, so I somewhat can predict what are coming, but the first Madom’s climb was pretty tough. A very steep climb but since I was still fresh I managed the climb well. The next Madom & the Broga were OK but I did stop to catch some breath.
I was seperated with the group actually. I was behind & not sure where was the next stop. And I didn’t recognise the support cars. So I just cycled alone till Kuala Klawang where I refilled my water at Shell. Later only I knew that the group stopped at Petronas! The other petrol pump.
I did stop for breakfast about 20Km after Klawang. A BJCC, Syahiful joined me. From there we rode together until we reached another climb at KM80. Then we separated again as Syahiful had his knee problem & can’t cycle too fast. Again I was alone. The ending was unexpected. The route in the kampung, housing areas…just to punish us with more climbs! That was when I had the cramp! Thanks Azhar aka Atan from BJCC/PCC who offered me the analgesic spray.
When we arrived, we were told to put the bike in a hotel. That was the first time I left my bike in a common area. But I was not worry as there were many more expensive bikes also left at that area.
In day 2, we rode from Kuala Pilah to Muar. An easy 130 KM ride for me. This time I was with the average groups. Riding casually 28-32 kmj. Only occasionally I pulled some groups 40-42 kmj.
In Muar, I met my fellow photographer friends, Jasni, Zali & Ali. We had asam pedas that night. I was feeling great. On the last day, a long 170 KM ride from Muar to Pulai Spring, BJCC already decided to ride as one group. It was indeed a good ride especially when strong riders like Razali Mantis, Roy the Captain & Adli pulled 80% of the time. I used to lead a draft but somehow I was not comfortable leading BJCC gang. I can’t get the rhythm & struggle to keep the speed stable.
We stopped many times. The heat was the real challenge. After the lunch break, my heart rate seldom went below 160 bpm. Finally, after more than 6 hours cycling we reached Pulai Spring. Instead of only 166KM, these BJCC horses made me cycled extra 8KM!! Nevertheless I enjoyed the ride. Thanks to all BJCC friends. I would say, the best part is to be able to have you guys as friends!
To PCC, thank you for organising the ride. It is not easy to manage 250 crazy cyclist!
Added another milestone to my cycling log. Cycled from Bentong to Fraser’s Hill with fellow friends from Kuantan & Bentong. Managed to climb in almost 3 hours time. Not an impressive achievement but it is indeed a great experience.
The road condition was not great. Rough surface & so many cracks on the rode. The last 8KM climb was fun. More mental than physical I would say. I stopped many time. I must learn how to control my cadence. It was too high. Should use heavier gear.
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.