Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bangi-Bagan Lalang-Bangi 100km Ride

This ride was organized by Bacin, but the organizer pulled out last minute due to family matters (amik report card anak daa). Route suggested was Bangi-Bagan Lalang-Bangi, a 100km backtracking route, with about 95% (!!!) of it are flat road. What an excellent idea!!

Those who joined were (in order of arrival) Abu, Saiful, Adzim, Ali, myself, Kabie, Azwar and Zabil. Semua power-power kecuali yours truly.

We depart at 8am and the plan was to work together until we reach Bagan Lalang. Work together hapekebendenya. I got dropped very early in the ride. Then my chain slipped, which didn't help. Ali slipped his chain too, and got lost. So I had to turn back and wait for him. Both of us didn't know the way. Hey, at least having someone when you're lost is a lot better than getting lost alone.

We manage to navigate our way to Bagan Lalang without much problem. The route was really flat, except occasional low degree incline and one steep hill before De Palma Hotel Sepang.

During the ride, Ali told me I pedal well on flats and that I've got the speed, but I suck on hills. Aaaahaha. Pedulik apa. A compliment is a compliment.

We refueled at Bagan Lalang. I had the best plate of bihun goreng I've ever eaten (not because I was too tired or hungry, it truly is delicious!).

The plan was the same on the way back, work together. I drafted for quite a distance. The Baboon Train was going at 40+km/h!!! Few kilometers after Sungai Pelek town, the group started to pick up speed. Even keeping up with them took a lot of effort, so I backed off and went solo. Boy, was it lonely.

I was left alone, not that I mind. I was raped by a menacing concoction of headwind, crosswind, blistering heat and the occasional stench of rotting roadkill. I was in heaven.

I pedaled on the inclines and flats, and coasted on declines.

Then the durjana hill came, which is a lot steeper on the way back; the kurang asam hill before De Palma Hotel. The road gradually rises up, until a point where it shoots up and form a wall ahead. I knew I had to use the granny. As I reach the foot of the hill, I hit the granny and...................... phoooooiiihhhh!! Semput beb!! I unclipped my shoes, got down, and pushed the bike up the hill. Takpe, takpe. Next time I'm gonna get you, bukit durjana.

After that, there weren't so many problems. I did a lot of sight-seeing today. I saw a car with the plate number NAJ18 and thought that was cool. Then near Bangi, I saw another car with the plate number NAJ8. What are the odds?! Ali told me he saw a kampung called Kampung Semen. That must've been really sticky.

As I reached MTDC, all has left except Ali. But of course! I have his car keys. Haha. Zabil left us with some tuna sandwich, a kick of carbohydrate that brought me back to sanity. Cayalah Zabil. You're the best.

All in all, it's a good route to practice speed work. Truly one of its kind. Where else can you find a flat route that goes 100km with tolerable traffic and is close to KL?

No pictures this time. Orang yang kayuh slow kena denda takleh masuk gambar.



Blogger faie said...

Too bad aku demam, or else nko adalah teman kat belakang tu.

BTW, I'm currently deaf on one ear. Right ear canal swollen because of flu :(

01 July, 2007  
Anonymous nurina said...

Azman, I also wanna join u at the back of the back, best lah all d ladies get to follow Azman. We can push d bike uphill togedder (I only like goin downhill ekceli). Let me know when you join d gang, tak berani on my own, soo lon ely at the back...

02 July, 2007  
Anonymous jaja said...

the bukit durjana, sound interesting, hihi

03 July, 2007  
Blogger Stupe said...

bro...well done la. i wish i could ride as often nowadays.

it seems i'm bitten by the running bug.

11 July, 2007  
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