The third installment of Van’s Rumble Cycle Challenge had to be delayed. The date for this event had been 16th June. An unanticipated need to close the shop at 3 Two Square took precedence.
Twenty two participants met at VUBC‘s new shop in Kampung Tunku. The early birds had time for a teh tarik, courtesy of Michael.
Each team of two or three had to ride to eight pit stops. The challenge was to find each pit stop, in order, and once there to complete one or more task to earn points. Winning required a combination of a fast finishing time and as many of the forty points available. Amril covered the rules, regulations and safety advice, and then sent us on our way.
Some got away quicker than others. Mark and I took a while to figure out how to get to the first pit stop . . .
The first stop was at a McDonald’s, where any customer wearing a red t-shirt was asked to pose for a photograph.
At the second pit stop we had to find and photograph a particular shop lot.
Mark and I had our mechanical problem of the day at this stop. Mark’s rear tire was under-inflated. I had a pump. The tire went from being a bit flat to being fully inflated to being completely flat after the valve core unscrewed along with the pump hose.
We got going again fairly quickly and soon got the photograph and telephone number required at pit stop 3.
Pit stop 4 involved finding the price to three items on a restaurant menu.
The fifth stop was at the bus stop nearby. We had to get the full name of the stop, and figure out the fare from that stop to another stop.
Pit stop 6 was at a Light Rail Transit station. I didn’t yet know what the tasks were for this stop, so was very intrigued to see this as we arrived.
This was a collection stop. Three different types of leaves (which you can see at her feet), three different types of flowers, three 10¢ coins, and three strands of white hair.
I was suddenly very popular!
Mark and I got it badly wrong trying to find pit stop 7.
The destination was the KK Supermart, Dataran GLOMAC. There are a number of places with GLOMAC in their names. We elected to ride to one of the wrong ones. A U-turn and some lost time later we arrived at pit stop 7.
We got through the task, which was to buy exactly RM1.90 worth of items, very quickly. Mark went straight for a bottle of 100-Plus, which he knew cost RM1.90.
The task at pit stop 8 was to photograph a vehicle number plate that had a ‘0’ and a ‘5’ in it. Followed by a dash back to the finish line at the VUBC shop.
All members of a team had to be in the shop to present their answer sheet and collected items before the clock stopped.
Then it was time for a cold drink and smiles all around as we waited for the results to be tallied.
It was a close contest. A few seconds here and a wrong answer there separated the top three teams. Chang Pak Loong and his team mate won the prizes for finishing first. They got a goodie bag of Knog products and Bern helmets. Here they are flanked by Vanessa of VUBC, and Wei Yeng of Wheeelove, who donated the Bern helmets.
Thank you everyone at VUBC for organizing a wonderful series of events. We are all looking forward to the 2014 edition of the Rumble Cycle Challenge.