Saturday, January 31, 2009

300109 PCM #10

I was EverReady like the battery. Right after Maghrib prayers Acap came over & hung the bike on the rear of the car...umm...Daniel wants to follow too! 20 minutes we waited for him, don't tell me u wanna make-up first? This is no peagent.

By the time we're in Precinct 9, the place was already jammed packed. Met Enche Bon & friends & lotta other familiar faces. Kash & hubby all the way from S'pore & Aini "Balls of fire". Daoh was beaming like the moon...Right from the start I just knew that it's gonna be one BIG affair. So people, wat are u waitin for? Be part of the crowd. Come join Putrajaya Critical Mass!

Oh! Might as well add another 0 = PCM #100!

Mamas, papas, uncles, aunties, grannies, nannies & genies.
More people, more new faces & more families!

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Daoh cranking his "New" wheels!


Rudy, Flatfinger & Apai. (Pix by ANEP)




Thanx Rudy, I ripped-off these pix from your Flicker.



Ride on PCM ;P

Thursday, January 29, 2009

280109 Opps! I did it again...

Oh no...did what, cycled to work again. I felt like doin' it so why not!

Had a cuppa cocoa & to the convenience store for a fruit bun. Slightly late so no regular sandwich today.

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Um? Why is Along sleepin' here? Lemme tell u bout Along...no no no...he's no money lender. That's Ah Long not this Along (Eldest son/daughter). To say he's cuckoo he's not, I'm gonna say he's special. He likes cycling more than us & of course he loves the great outdoors.

He's been to Penang, ridin'...year ridin' alone. Parents got worried coz he didn't come back for more than 3 days. 2 days max is normal but a week was weird. Apparently they made a report & some samaritan saw him in Penang. I thought going to work is really far...

I feature Along again if I'm able to tag along his ride, hopefully I have the luck. No easy task coz he doesn't plan his ride. On minute he's at a kenduri & 3am in the wee hours of morning you'll see him sitting at a roundabout looking at cars passing by.

If you're to find him with his trusty bike, take a shot of him & inform me. At least his parents won't be too worried. At times you'll see him smiling at "a friend". People say he has a friend who takes care & follows him everywhere. Scary..but don't worry, he wouldn't hurt a fly.

& so at 7 sharp I left Bandar Baru Bangi, traffic seems to have disappeared. Oh, CNY holidays, everybody leaves KL. The usual bumper 2 bumper are none to be seen. It's so rare to see the road beside Plaza Phoenix so clear. Down at Jalan Loke Yew some bugger kept beeping at me. Jalan dah..apa hon-hon. Rupa-rupanya Sham Dewatta Karengga was following from behind! Today the vid is gonna be different, Sham videoed me cycling. That's the best part.

I was already in KL in 60 min, less than the usual 75 min. Smooth...what do yo expect. Average speed 28 kph. Sham says I'm crazy...Goin' back was a different scenario all together. I got drenched to the bone from Cheras right up till Kajang. Damn, my white jersey got soiled...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

250109 KKB - Bukit Frazer, to hell...well almost








Three scenic shots from Mi Bezitagt2












Two Xcellent climbing shots by Mi Bezitagt2





















I dunno what I ate...3am I'm still awake! Too xcited for the ride probably. 5am, I bounced up. Took a cold shower & prepared 3 slices of bread, 2 slices of chicken & a cup of cocoa. I'm eatin' the sandwich while drivin. Suhaimi PPZ, Anuar & Daoh were waitin' at the Sg. Besi Petonas station. Daoh had to take a rain cheque, he got a headache...um...By 6:25am we were already at the Rawang toll booth for Subuh prayers.

That's settled, & the 35km drive to KKB, thats boring. Took a wrong turn pulak, luckily we didn't end up in Batu Caves. Back tracked & there they are, 3 riders already unpacking their machines. Abg. Din & his son from Manjung...Manjung?!! Plus another from KL. Me, Suhaimi PPZ & Anuar had to kena something b4 the ride. Finishing my sandwich with a pair of half boiled eggs & a banana in between.
Riders trickled in at the parking lot right front of the post office as we watched over from the mamak restaurant.

To the amusement of locals, about 8am, thirty (30) bespectacled, odd looking humanoids or so were seen loitering around KKB with rainbow coloured skintight & odd looking turtle shaped headgear. Each of them boarded a craft with two Saturn like rings with triangular shaped beams & reverse horn like front
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After the customary briefing & doa selamat, we set off to our destination. Unknowingly what's in store for us. I was trailing behind with Amir Shah Alam until he had to wait for his friend. Forward ahead I could see Arif & tagged along for a while. Probably 20 mins or so I sped off & there they were Suhaimi PPZ & Anuar. I kicked off the journey with a movie of these two fellas spinning like crazy which they themselves obligingly took shots of me spinning too.
It's kinda tiring climbing beside the dam. View's great from here. Wish for a dip. 2 cyclist zoomed pass me. Thought of following them but, nah...I'm gonna take my own sweet time, which made me regret later. Which I did... It's hellish enough to ride alone for 22 km but riding uphill alone is murder!

The 1st group has sped off leaving me behind. Yeah, serves u right for sembang-sembanging at the back of the pack. Luckily we have Darwins "cousins" at every other km waving by. I'm not gonna provoke them, nasty buggers these "Beruk" makyeh. So , there I am minding my own business. Oh ok, who cares...I'll do my own pace. Sucked up the fresh forest scent as waterfalls witnessed my determination.
25km, my bottom was getting all heated up. Every 1-2km or so I stood up riding. Remembering my anak buah Amin Superstar's words to use the bigger chain ring for the optimum speed & use more of your body weight. It helped a lot. 5 km to the Gap, the nerve was gettin' the better of me. I didn't bring my headphones. What a bore, but I kind of "Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode". Until ...unexpectedly I reached the Gap, with a rousing reception.

Someone said "ManCIOCC boleh senyum & amik vid lagi!!!" I trained hard brudder...


Lady luck is on us. The group waited for about half an hour I think. 11:40 am we were allowed to ascend to the final leg, letting the cars go by first. The monstrous 8km. Why am I doing this? Me, Ash, Mi Bezitagt & 2 other rider started the climb on a steady pace. Never ride too close at the edge, lotta moss, you'll slip into the ravine! Same goes if you're descending, lagi kena watch out. One rider crashed! That I don't want. Me takpa , not my bike...
By the halfway mark, a rider felt like fainting only to be reminded to look forward & upward slightly. Thanks Ash. The more u look down, the tendency of you bonking is extremely high. Ok brudder, sikit lagi. To have 2-3 riders with you is a blessing. At least it makes the climb easier. Alone? Would have probably turned back. To some it up, it's nerve wreaking, every bend there's another steep climb like a highway to nowhere. Ravine on your left & cliff on your right. The path (the road is rather narrow) that why traffic is only allowed at an hourly intervals. A Honda cub rider was behind all the way up us to warn us by beeping if there's a car coming up from behind, thanks bro. Ash was using an ol' skook crank & Vitus bike. Whacking the climb with 42-20 ratio. You're crazy man, I'm using 39-23 also dunno what to think already. 8km of %*&$@#!.. By now were counting on our reserved tank. Far beyond we were longing for the shimmering gates of heavens.

The top finally! Phew, what a ride.
Raised the Scott above my head for proof that I'ved conquered Frazer. I'm kissin you clock tower. Hickory Dickory Dock, The riders rode up the clock. The clock struck noon. Riders here too soon & all the goons went loon, Hickory Dickory Dock!

Some brought along meehoon, sandwiches, coffee (boiled on the spot!) & snacks. Thank you all!!! Thanks Big Jack for organizing such a fun but it's a muscle & mind wrenching ride!
TQ to BJ & the gang who initiated ride ni. TQ also to all support crews (cars, videographers, photographers, stenographers, momographers & all) Ayah Mang with his bike checking participants, Ajo and Tezi with their mee hoon, Kay ngan pisang joget and sandwich, AO for coffee. Last but not least, Ash for his fab Tshirt.

It poured like waterfall. Some of us went & got acquainted with some Bangla in his mansion. As long as we're out of da rain we're ok...OK my foot, out of da pourin' cats & dogs don't mean we ain't cold...it was freezin'. Freakin weather, high noon & it's misty. (
Misty Cicles - Dead or Alive) After a lot of picture taking & cooling down we decided to descend as the gates of hell is about to close. If you don't go down by the specific time, you'll be trapped for another hour. Ho ho ho, better get down on it at snail's pace my dear. It's so "Slippery when wet" - Bon Jovi.

My fingers freeze from too much pressure on the brakes, my shoulder aches, teeth clenched from the cold. Rolling down in an igloo...

More photo ops & then demons were the order of the day. Posessed riders.
Ya...madness rule to the breakneck speed of 75kph. 2 riders nearly pounded into one another & guess who's behind them? Scared the s*** out of me! I wanna be home in one piece. Crosswind brudder... Moral of the story, if you're using hi-profile (C50) , use it somewhere else. Feels like flying a kite without a string attatched. 10 km of high speed chase...We rolled on to KKB with such satisfaction. The taste still lingers in my mouth...

This is definitely one of the best group I've ever ridden with. Lotta bling-bling bikes & star-star riders BUT all are really humble folks. To everyone, u all are great people!! I wanna go again! To hell with hell!

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2 pcs white bread -140 kcal + 2 chicken slice -100 kcal + 1 cup MILO-200 kcal
+ 2 half boiled eggs - 150 kcal + 1 banana - 72 kcal
Calories intake, breakfast = 662 kcal
Calories burned = dunno (forgot to bring d heart rate monitor)
Average heartbeat =
(forgot to bring d heart rate monitor)
Distance KKB - Gap = 32 km
Distance Gap - Frazer, Clock Tower = 8 km
Average speed = 18 kph uphill
Total distance KKB - Gap - KKB = 80 km