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Track Cycling With a Difference

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Many years ago I visited the Sepang International Circuit to watch the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Sepang F1

My memories are that it was a thrill to see Michael Shumacher and his contemporaries in open-topped vintage cars, being driven past the grandstand.  And that is was a very hot day, and that the race was incredibly loud.  And that the only part of the track I saw was the start / finish straight, and if I went to the other side of the grandstand, the back straight.

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Starting in April this year, the circuit has been opened on the occasional weekend morning to cyclists who wanted to ride on the 5.5km track.  I missed the daytime opportunities, but grabbed the first chance to ride on the circuit at night, which was last Friday.

My biker chick came with me.  She sat on the pit lane wall, building LEGO Tie Fighter micro models, while I rode a few laps.  I started at 10.00pm, when there weren’t many others there.

SIC Pit Lane

 

It was a little eerie at first, riding past empty grandstands on a track that was more moonlit than floodlit in places.

 

SIC Straight 2

 

 

I was soon joined by other riders, and it was cool to see lots of blinking red lights all around the circuit.

It was also cool to see families out on the circuit.  Mark and Shelby for example.

Mark and Shelby Sepang

It was a fun evening.  I could be temped to do it again.  Especially if the organisers allow the sale of drinks.  The circuit was quiet on Friday, but it was still a hot night.

An Abridged History

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June has been a quiet month for riding.  The weather, weekend travel, illness and idleness have all kept me off my bikes.  I started 2015 with aspirations to average 1,000km a month.  So far I am 150km per month short of that goal.  Nevertheless 2015 is shaping up to be one of my better years for cycling.

I consider my first day as an avid cyclist to be Sunday January 31st, 2010.  That was the day Big Bill B guided me on a 53km loop around Houston, including a food stop at Carter & Cooley Company Delicatessen in The Heights.

It was the first time I rode with a Garmin cycling computer on my handlebar, which allowed me to commit this and all future rides to that collective memory that is the internet.  I am a bit of a ride data geek.  I started feeding that habit with Garmin Connect.  After a few years I supplemented that with Ride With GPS, and very soon after Strava was added to the mix.  Lately Veloviewer has joined the party.

Why so many tracking apps?  In my case, mostly because they each provide different ways to view my ride data.  Ride With GPS provides nice summaries by month or year.  I can see what my buddies have been up to in Strava.  Veloviewer makes annual comparisons easy.  Charts like these ones provide the grist for this post.

Charts courtesy of Veloviewer

Charts courtesy of Veloviewer

Between January and the end of April 2010 I rode in and around Houston.  Those rides included my first century ride, The Space Race, and my first BP MS150.

Heat Map courtesy of Strava

Heat Map courtesy of Strava

My biker chick had started her new job in Den Haag, The Netherlands, in April.  So my bike spent May in a container, along with our other possessions, on a ship bound for Europe.

I spent the rest of the year exploring the bike paths around Den Haag.

I logged 2,831kms in 2010.  My average ride distance was 59kms.  My average ride time was 2 hours 28 minutes.

In 2011 my total distance covered jumped to 6,886kms.  My average distance went up slightly to 63kms.  The average ride length went up in tandem to 2 hours 33 minutes.

Much of that increase in total distance ridden is testament to the outstanding cycling infrastructure in The Netherlands.  You can’t help but get on your bicycle in a country where the riding in so safe, convenient, and scenic.

In 2012 my mileage again jumped significantly over the previous year.  To 11,019kms.  The average distance stayed almost the same at 62.25kms.  I picked up speed though, with my rides averaging 2 hours 29 minutes.

Heat map courtesy of Strava

Heat map courtesy of Strava

Almost all of my riding over these two years was in The Netherlands.  I did occasionally venture further afield.  I made my first extended cycling trip in 2011.  I went to Ninove in Belgium, to ride in the Ronde van Vlaanderen sportif.

In 2012 I did the Ronde van Vlaanderen again, which started and ended this time in Oudernaarde.  I also took two trips to Maastricht, for the UCI World Championships and the Amstel Gold sportifs.

Heat map courtesy of Strava

Heat map courtesy of Strava

In October 2012 my biker chick and I returned to Kuala Lumpur.  My bikes (by this time I had two) followed soon after by air freight.  So it wasn’t long before I was immersing myself in the relatively new and booming road cycling scene in Malaysia.

Cycling in Kuala Lumpur reminds me a lot of cycling in Houston.  You share the roads with traffic.  Sometimes a lot of traffic.  City riding is best done at night, when the roads, or motorcycle lanes where provided, are quieter.  The popular daytime cycling routes are mostly outside the city.

In 2013 I started venturing further afield.  Century rides in various cities around the country become a regular activity, including one international road trip to Hatyai in Thailand.

Despite the number of century rides, my mileage in 2013 was only 7,102kms.  My rides had become shorter, averaging 49kms and 1 hour 58 minutes per ride.  I remember that tropical rainstorms had a lot to do with curtailing riding time in 2013.

The downward trend continued in 2014.  I had four months of enforced time off my bikes because of a crash, and two unrelated surgeries.  Those breaks from cycling resulted in only 3,918kms ridden.  My average ride was surprisingly long though, at 66kms and 2 hours 35 minutes.

Heat map courtesy of Strava

Heat map courtesy of Strava

Almost all of my cycling since the end of 2012 has been in Malaysia.  The exceptions were in 2013, when I flew to the United States to ride in the BP MS150 from Houston to Austin, and to ride in the 5 Boros Ride in New York City.  In between those rides I visited an old friend in Denver, where  I managed to squeeze in a few rides as well.  I came home with bicycle number three.

Heat Map courtesy of Strava

Heat Map courtesy of Strava

That bicycle is a Ritchey Breakaway.  It came with me to Melbourne in December 2013.  My last cycling trip away from home to date.

Heat map courtesy of Strave

Heat map courtesy of Strava

2015 looks good so far.  I am up to 5,078kms as at the end of June.  My average ride length for the year is 71kms.  I must be a bit fitter than I was last year too.  I am riding on average 5kms further this year as compared to last, but my average time is the saddle is only 3 minutes more, at 2 hours 38 minutes.

I’m hoping to take at least one cycling trip outside Malaysia this year.  And I am looking forward to staying healthy and spending as much time as possible riding.

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Century Ride de Kelantan 2015

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The Century Ride de Kelantan 2015 was held during the Labour Day and Wesak weekend.  Mark and I got on the road early Friday morning, joining the throngs of people taking advantage of the four-day weekend to go on holiday or to ‘balik kampung’ (literally ‘return to village.’)

The Hotel Perdana in Kota Bahru was a welcome sight at the end of the slower than normal 450km drive.

Photograph courtesy of Trip Advisor

Photograph courtesy of Trip Advisor

The Perdana was the official hotel for the ride.  So from the check in counter it was a short walk to the ballroom to collect my goodie bag.  We met Keat and Yen there.  They had driven up the day before.  It would be only a trio of Flipsiders doing the ride.

After a short nap it was time to sample some of the great food that Kelantan is justifiably well-known for.  Mark knew where to go.  Warisan Nasi Kukus on Jalan Kebun Sultan.  ‘Nasi kukus’ is steamed rice.  In this case steamed in individual containers.

Photograph courtesy of Boon Chuan

Photograph courtesy of Boon Chuan

We queued up beside the roadside stall to choose from fried chicken, fried fish, squid, beef rendang and vegetables to go with our steamed rice.  We then plonked ourselves down on plastic stools at a table on the street, and tucked in.  Very very good.

Photograph courtesy of Kellie Itoe

Photograph courtesy of Kellie Itoe

For dessert, we ordered some of the best ais kacang ever from the neighbouring stall.  So good that one bowl was not enough.

Photograph courtesy of Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark

The ride started from the hotel car park at 7.30am.  So Keat, Mark and I were at the hotel café when it opened at 6.30am for a buffet breakfast.

When we made our way to our customary position at the back of the mass of riders at the start, we met up with the EZ Riders.  Many of that group ride regularly from Bukit Jelutong, as do we, so we know quite a few of them.  They had also planned to start at the back of the pack.  We were invited to ride with them, and we were happy to accept.

This is Keat at the start.

Photograph courtesy of Selipar Jepun

Photograph courtesy of Selipar Jepun

EZ Rider Pang Teow Yeong, Mark and I getting going.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

The route took us south and then west through Pasir Mas before turning south again to Tanah Merah.  We then rode east through Machang before heading north to the timing checkpoint at Selising, and then back to Kota Bahru.

Kelantan Century 2015 Route

We had relatively quiet country roads for most of the ride.  Where there was traffic the marshals did a very good job of keeping our side of the road clear of vehicles.  We rode through this grove of trees at the 40km point.

Kelantan Century 2015 KM40 Road

It was a very flat course, with just a couple of climbs at the 105km mark.

Kelantan Century 2015 KM105 Climb

Which suited all of us, because it was an exceptionally hot day. I can confirm that “Feels 45° C” at 11.00am statistic.

Kelantan Century 2015 Weather

By the time we got to the final rest stop at Selising we were all ready for some ice cold water and the chance to catch our collective breaths in the shade.  There was ice on offer too, so I put my core temperature cooling strategy into play.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

The last 25kms were a straight shot north to Kota Bahru.  Since we were such a large group riding together, we had a van with a siren and flashing lights for an escort.  What a treat to have every intersection blocked off so we could ride though unimpeded.

We had that escort all the way to the finish.  We stopped short of the line to regroup, and then rode through the finish together.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

It was a lot of fun riding with the forty or so EZ Riders.  They were disciplined about maintaining a 30kph average pace.  They were conscientious about riding safely, be it in a triple pace line or single file.  They looked after their fellow riders.  And they had fun.  Thank you EZ Riders for letting us tag along.  We really enjoyed it.

Photograph courtesy of Charles Hedwig Fernandez

Photograph courtesy of Charles Hedwig Fernandez

These are the two Tommasini owners, Mark and Keat, showing off their finisher’s medals.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Keat Wong

Photograph courtesy of Keat Wong

As is the norm, there was a lucky draw to close out the century ride.  And as is the norm, we didn’t stick around to see who won a new helmet or bicycle, confident that it wouldn’t be one of us.

Kelantan Century 2015 Lucky Draw

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Instead Mark and I rode off to look for something cold to drink.  Partly because we were hot and thirsty.  But mostly because the event was 155km long, and we wanted to ride the full century distance of 160km.  We found cendol.  Not the nicest cendol I have ever had – that was probably at the Janamanjung Fellowship Ride – but it was good enough to warrant two bowls.

The rest of the day was spent cooling down, getting cleaned up, napping, and eating some more.  We went to an ayam percik restaurant that Mark had heard about for dinner.  Ayam percik is very nicely described by Ai Ping at www.curiousnut.com.

Sadly the ayam percik that we had was disappointing.  We made up for it by going back to the ais kacang stall on Jalan Kebun Sultan.

On Sunday morning we played tourist and visited the Siti Khadijah market.  A Kota Bahru landmark.

Kelantan Century 2015 Pasar Siti Khadijah Kellie Itoe

We didn’t buy anything, but we were tempted.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

After we finished nosing around the market we headed homeward.  Fortunately the traffic back to Kuala Lumpur wasn’t too bad.  We made reasonable time.

I had a great time on the Century Ride de Kelantan 2015.  Definitely one to do again next year.

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Janamanjung Fellowship Ride 2015

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At the Janamanjung Fellowship Ride 2014 I had a crash, and took out three of my Flipside team mates in the process.  My goal for this year’s event was a no-brainer.  Stay upright on my bike.

My biker chick and I drove from home straight to the Sultan Azlan Shah power plant in Manjung to pick up my ride number, t shirt etc.

Janamanjung 2015 Vans Zulfa

This is the eighth edition of this event, and it showed.  The organization throughout was superb.  Starting with the clear signage and multiple ride pack collection desks.

Janamanjung Registration 2 TNBJSB

Photograph courtesy of TNB Janamanjung

It also helps to have your own grounds upon which to host the event.  There was plenty of space for the various tents, stage etc.

Photograph courtesy of Hirosake Watnabe

Photograph courtesy of Hirosake Watnabe

My biker chick and I stayed at the newly refurbished, and much improved Sfera Hotel.  The only thing that hadn’t changed for the better was the view from the room window.

After checking in to the hotel we headed out for a meal.  Manjung boy Shahfiq recommended Dapo Berando.  Pretty cool place, with delicious banana fritters and smoothies.

Janamanjung 2015 Dapo Berando

I hopped on my bike in the evening to recce the 7km ride to the start.  Then it was into the supermarket next door to the hotel to stock up on things to snack on before bedtime, and stuff to eat for breakfast.

The event website had a countdown clock, running down to the 7.00am start time.  I should have been at the start by the time this was displayed.

Janamanjung 2015 Countdown

Instead I was lying in bed looking at my mobile phone, wondering why the alarm hadn’t gone off.

I set a personal best for jumping into my gear, and inhaling a yoghurt, a coffee and a few digestive biscuits before dashing out of the room.  For once I was hoping that the ride would start late.

If I had made it to the start on time I would have been a part of this.

Photograph courtesy of Hirosake Watnabe

Photograph courtesy of Hirosake Watnabe

Instead I was 2 kilometers away when I saw the flashing lights of these escort vehicles coming towards me.

Photograph courtesy of Zhang Ai Man Zahanz

Photograph courtesy of Zhang Aiman Zahanz

I had to roll to the side of the road, turn my bike around, and merge into the peloton as it came past me.  A hundred meters or so down the road I heard my name being called.  The only other Flipsiders at the event, Griffin and Peng Soon, were right behind me.  They had started together with a group of their friends.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

As this wasn’t a race, the pace was controlled by this car.  That meant that the participants didn’t get too spread out along the route.

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

Which made it easier for the marshals to control traffic as we rode through intersections.

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

The excellent event organisation was evident throughout the day.  From the police escorts . . .

Photograph courtesy of Zhang Ai Man Zahanz

Photograph courtesy of Zhang Ai Man Zahanz

to the smiling volunteers at the well-stocked rest stops.

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

Photograph courtesy of Radzi Yusof

It was a hot day – no surprise there – so the ice-cold bottles of water and cans of 100 Plus at the stops was very much appreciated.

We rode a changed route this time.  Last year we headed west towards the coast before cutting inland.  This year we rode a clockwise route east of the power plant.

Janamanjung Routes

There were two mandatory stops to allow the participants to rest, rehydrate, and regroup.  Here I am approaching the first stop.

Janamanjung 2015 JM Sprinter Hemicuda

Photograph courtesy of Sprinter Hemicuda

The rest of the ride went well, despite the rising temperatures and the headwind as we retraced our route back to the power station.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

I was feeling pretty good as I approached the power station – it does help not to crash – but I was still glad to see the finish line.

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

And even more glad to take a shower after getting my finisher’s medal.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Many of the riders tucked into the lunch that was provided.

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

I struggle to eat a full meal after a century ride.  I have no problem with taking in fluids.  As evidenced by the two bowls of cendol I downed before I rode back to the hotel.

Janamanjung 2015 Cendol

Griffin and Peng Soon also earned one of these.

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

We weren’t lucky enough to win one of the bikes that was on offer in the post-ride lucky draw though.

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

Photograph courtesy of Hirosaki Watnabe

Perhaps next year.

Vélocity Café

Chon introduced me to an alternative starting point for the ride to the Sungai Tekala Recreational Park.  Every other time I have ridden to that park, I have started from the police station at Batu 18, Hulu Langat.

This time seven of us met at the Challenger Sports Centre in Taman Dagang Permai.  17 km / 10 mi away from Batu 18.  More significantly, there was 150 m / 490 ft of climbing over 3.2 km / 2 mi to overcome almost from the start.

Hulu Langat Route

There was more climbing between Batu 18 and the recreational park.

Photograph courtesy of Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark

By the time we made it over the longer 4.2 km / 2.6 mi return climb at 11am we needed a cold drink or two.

Fortunately for us the Vélocity Café had opened last October in The Challenger Sports Centre.  A cycling-themed café catering for the rider who regularly do the Jalan Hulu Langat climb.

There is a large outdoor seating area in the front.

Photograph courtesy of YHien Ting at peaceonearth-poe.blogspot.com

Photograph courtesy of Yien Ting at peaceonearth-poe.blogspot.com

And a larger air-conditioned room with a variety of seating.

Velocity Cafe Interior 2

You order from a fairly extensive menu and pay for your order at the counter at the back of the café.

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Photograph courtesy of Jean at http://www.j-e-a-n.com/

I like the tags they use to identify whom ordered what.

Photograph courtesy of Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark

I ordered a variety of cold drinks:  An Iced Latte, a Passion Fusion, and a Banana Milk.  All were excellent.

We all eyed the food that other patrons had ordered.  The Big Breakfast in particular looked good.

Photograph courtesy of Yien Ting at peaceonearth-poe.blogspot.com

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While enjoying your drinks and meal, you can look at the bicycles for sale.

Photograph courtesy of Vélocity Café

Photograph courtesy of Velocity Cafe

The Vélocity Café was very nice,  I think we will be back.

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Sun 10.30 am – 10.30 pm

Pump It Up

At the Shah Alam Enduride 2015, Marvin, Justin and I came upon two people with flat tires.  Not unusual.  What was more unusual was that neither was carrying a pump.

This post is about my chosen tire inflation devices.  What I carry with me, and what I have at home.

I used to carry CO2 canisters and a chuck, either in a jersey pocket, or more often in a saddle bag.  Much like this set from Genuine Innovations.

Genuine Innovations Chuck

This combination got the job done, but at the risk of freezing a thumb and perhaps a finger or two in the process.

I graduated to an inflator like this one, also from Genuine Innovations.

Genuine Innovations Ultraflate

This type of inflator protects hands from getting frozen, and also has a large trigger that is easier to use that the ‘press to inflate’ chuck.  The disadvantage is the additional bulk.

I was happy with my inflator and CO2 cartridges until I moved to the Netherlands.  I read an article about the wastefulness of discarding empty CO2 canisters.  The Netherlands has a strong recycling ethic, and the combination of the two convinced me to switch to a hand pump.

I read some reviews, and Lezyne pumps got good scores.  So I looked at their website, and made my choice.  A medium sized Lezyne Pressure Drive.

Pressure Drive

I chose the Pressure Drive because it can inflate a tire to 120psi / 8.3 bar.  It also comes with a hose that has a threaded Presto valve connection on one end, and a Schrader valve connection on the other.  I also like the flexible hose because it puts less stress on the valve stem while pumping up a tire than a direct-connect pump does.  The threaded connector is easier to attache to a valve than a hose that attaches with a lever.

Pressure Drive Hose

The medium sized Pressure Drive is 216mm long, and it fits in a clamp that attaches to the frame together with a bottle cage.

Pressure Drive Bracket

 

The Pressure Drive works very well on the road.  So well that I have given away my CO2 canisters and collection of inflators.

But it does take some effort to inflate a tire to 90psi / 6.2 bar and above.  So for home use I bought a Lezyne Classic Floor Drive.

Classic Floor Drive

The Floor Drive will inflate a tire up to 220psi / 15bar, although I don’t fill my tires beyond 90 psi.

The Floor Drive comes with a large gauge, so it is easy to tell when you have achieved your desired tire pressure.

Classic Floor Drive Gauge

It also has a threaded Flip-Thread Chuck that fits both Presta and Schrader valves.

Floor Drive Chuck

 

I am very pleased with my Pressure Drive and Floor Drive pumps.  I am sure they will continue to serve me well for a long time to come.

Shah Alam Enduride 2015

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The Shah Alam Enduride 2014 was the first, and so far the only cycling event, that I didn’t finish.  I struggled badly from the 60km point.  At about 100kms I packed it in.

So I came into this year’s SAER determined to finish.  Experience has taught me what to do, and what not to do.

To do:

Stay hydrated

Eat enough

Not to do:

Ride hard from the start

Go into the red on the climbs

Marvin, Liang, Justin, Mark and I took our customary positions at the rear of the pack.

Photograph courtesy of Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark

Stephen was with us too.

Photograph courtesy of Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark

The riders at the front were treated to some traditional gamelan music while they waited for the gun.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

We didn’t have to wait long.  This year the VIPs were not late, and the ride started just minutes after the appointed time of 7.30am.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

The Flipsiders, as always, took a more relaxed approach to the start.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia Magazine

The route was not exactly the same as last year’s, but it covered much of the same ground.  A clockwise run from Shah Alam through Sungai Buloh and north toward Batang Berjuntai, with a loop toward Batu Arang, before turning south again through Puncak Alam, and over the two Dragon’s Back sections on the way back to Shah Alam.

Shah Alam Enduride Ride 2015 Route

I was sure to avoid my two “Not to do’s” right from the start.  There was 1,400 meters / 4,600 feet of climbing to be done, most of it in the first half of the ride.  With the Dragon’s Back kickers to come at the end, as you can see from the route profile below.

Graphic courtesy of VeloViewer

Graphic courtesy of VeloViewer

I made sure to observe my “to do’s” as well.  It was well into high 30° C / 100° F territory by about 11am.  It was also very humid, so I was sweating a lot.  By the 75 km / 47 mi mark it was time to stop for a cold drink, a Snickers bar, and a bag of ice.  The cooling strategy I first practiced at the Kedah Century Ride had worked wonders.  It was time to use it again.

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Ice under my skull cap.  Ice in my bandanna against the back of my neck.  Ice in the centre pocket of my jersey.

You can tell from the shadow that by this time the sun was beating down on Marvin and I.

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

We were a trio, together with Justin, for most of the ride.

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Liang, Mark and Stephen had hooked onto faster groups.  We didn’t see them again.

We did however see Marco.  He wasn’t able to participate in the ride, but he appeared beside us on his scooter as we got to the Batu Arang area.

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

And look what he had with him . . .

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Fantastic.  Our own personal support vehicle, loaded with ice and cold water.  Just what we needed an hour later, as we approached the Dragon Back climbs.  We stopped at a PETRONAS station on Jalan Meru Tambahan to replenish my ice-powered cooling system, and for Justin and Marvin to top up their bidons.

Then it was 4 km / 2.5 mi more before the left turn onto Jalan Bukit Cerakah, and the start of the first Dragon’s Back.  The sensible early pace, and the ice on the back of my neck, did me a lot of good.  Last year I was thoroughly cooked after 100 km / 62 mi.  This year I could muster a thumbs up and a smile at the top of the final climb before the left right turn onto the second Dragon’s Back.

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

It was hot.  It was windy.  My ice pack had melted.  But the Dragon’s Backs were behind me.  There was one last sharp little climb up to a roundabout in Shah Alam, and then it was across the line.

Marvin followed soon after.

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Justin finished safely as well.  We were all pleased to have completed the ride, but perhaps none more than I.

Photograph courtesy of Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco

The Enduride lived up to its name.  Lots of climbing.  Poor road surfaces in places.  High temperatures.  Gusting winds.  Everyone who completed the ride deserves their medal.

Shah Alam Enduride 2015 Medal

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