The Bangsar Cycling Group can be counted on to organise fun rides. The latest one I did with them was a run from Kota Kemuning to Morib. Just shy of 100km / 62mi there and back.
14 of us left the McDonald’s Kota Kemuning car park just after 7.00am. Unfortunately one cyclist suffered a broken spoke 5km / 3mi into the ride, so she and her partner had to turn around.
The rest of us continued along the motorcycle lane beside the KESAS Highway, keeping our ears open for the sound of approaching Hondas, Yamahas and Suzukis. Unfortunately we cyclists don’t get the motorcycle lane to ourselves, even on a Sunday.
It wasn’t long before we on Jalan Klang Banting, sharing the road with all manner of motorised vehicles. I for one was thankful that there seemed to be less traffic than usual on Jalan Klang Banting for a Sunday. Despite how it looks in this photograph.
We spent about 10km / 6mi on Jalan Klang Lama before we turned off that major road onto Jalan Bandar Long and then Jalan Pusara. Both are much quieter secondary roads, or what we would call kampung roads.
One of the goals of this ride was to maintain a pace that everyone was comfortable with, and which allowed people to practice riding in a pack. Always with the option to make a stop or two to ensure that the group stays together.
Once the group was on the really quiet coastal road between Pantai Kelanang and Morib, Foogie and I ran an experiment. We wanted to find out what speed was just that bit too fast for people to hold a conversation whilst they were riding. We put ourselves at the front of the peloton, reduced our speed until there was lots of chatter behind us, and then slowly ramped things up. It got very quiet behind us at about 28kph / 17mph.
In just under two hours from the time we left Kota Kemuning we were all seated at the Medan Selera (Food Court) at Morib Beach, waiting for our drinks and ais kacang.
After we were well-irrigated, we posed for the de rigueur seaside shots.
Photo session over, we retraced our route back to Kota Kemuning. There was talk of making a short detour to Jugra. There is a lookout point with an impressive view of the Langat River, and the Straits of Malacca beyond, at Bukit Jugra, but it is a very steep climb to get to it. We turned right, away from the climb. Maybe next time.
Instead, a few kilometers further on we stopped at a sundry shop along Jalan Bandar to refill bidons, and to pose for more photographs.
We made one more stop just after crossing the Langat River to regroup. When we got back to Jalan Klang Banting, the gloves came off and it was every person for themselves. Those who wanted to could ride as fast as they liked. Some of us – I won’t say who – did exactly that.
No matter the speed, we all got back safely to the McDonald’s in Kota Kemuning. Where most of us immediately ordered something to drink and eat.
“I’ll have a mango sundae. Make that two mango sundaes.”
I was happy. And am looking forward to more BCG rides.