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What a Difference a Day Makes

After the epicness of the ride to Morib, my Flipside buddies and I agreed that we needed a gentle recovery ride the following day.  A 25 km or so ride to Bandar Botanik, a stop for a spot of breakfast, and another 25 km back again would fit the bill.  Seven Flipsiders said that they would do the ride.  At 6.45am there were just three of us at the start point.  The others missed a very nice ride.

We covered the same ground as we did on the way to Morib the day before.  This time without the extra loop at the beginning of the ride.  The route is a bit up and down over the first 8 km, but the rest is as flat as a pancake.  Throw in some canals and some cows, and I could be convinced I was riding around Den Haag!

Botanic

Eric was 50 meters ahead of Marvin and I as we rolled into Bandar Botanik.  We both heard the pop as Eric’s front tire gave way.  Upon inspection we found a tear in the sidewall of the tire.  I always carry a small sheet of rubber in my tool roll to use as a boot, so Eric was able to keep going on his damaged tire after replacing the tube.

Botanic Flat

Not that we went very far before stopping again.  We found a breakfast place all of 500 meters away from where Eric’s tire had failed.

The restaurant even had a fitting name for us hungry cyclists.  “Rezeki” can be translated as “bountiful.”

Botanic Restaurant

There certainly was quite a variety of food to choose from.  Marvin ended up putting three types of fried noodles on his plate.

Botanic Marvin

We were all well-nourished for the ride back to Bandar Sunway.  The morning was overcast and pleasantly cool when we started the ride.  Thankfully it stayed that way for most of the return leg.

We averaged 24.5 kph.  2 kph or 8% slower than I had ridden the day before.  That 8% slower pace translated into a 21% or 29 bpm drop in my average heart rate.

Hence the thumbs up from me, and the smiles from Marvin and Eric, at the end of this ride.

Photograph courtesy of Eric Seow

Photograph courtesy of Eric Seow

A very different end to the ride as compared to the day before.

About alchemyrider

I left Malaysia in 2008 as a non-cyclist. I am back home now with two road bikes and all the paraphernalia that goes with being addicted to cycling.

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