38km / 23.6mi from, and 1,200 meters / 3,937 feet higher than Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB).
It Almost Didn’t Happen
The weather forecasts from Weather Underground, Dark Sky, Accuweather, Yahoo etc. were unanimous. Thunderstorms were coming to Fraser’s Hill.
A quick 5.00am WhatsApp conversation decided the issue. The R@SKLs would be badass. The ride was on.
Alfred was knocking on the door of this coffee shop in KKB at 6.25am.
As the rest of us were driving to KKB, we passed Daniel, who rode from his home. He had a bit more than a 60km / 37mi warmup, before the 30km / 18.5mi climb up Fraser’s Hill. That was not enough to tire him out. After getting to the summit, he rode back down to the slower riders and proceeded to push them up the hill.
Daniel cemented his Superman status later in the ride – see below.
A Big Group
Twenty of us rolled up the road from KKB.
Views Along The Way
The lake at the Sungai Selangor Dam.
One of the bigger waterfalls.
Success Part One
Part One of the climb is to get to The Gap. The Gap used to be the point where the two-way road became a one-way road for the final 8km to Fraser’s Hill. Traffic went up on even hours and came down on odd hours. If you missed the gate time at the Gap you waited at the Gap Resthouse.
Sadly, The Gap Resthouse is No More
It was closed for renovations and never reopened.
Success Part Two
The Clock Tower shot was particularly sweet for Alfred and Leonard. It was their first time riding up to Fraser’s Hill.
We are in the middle of Ramadan. The oddly named Restoran D’Olio (Oil Restaurant) was the only eatery in the vicinity of the Clock Tower that was open. Actually it was barely open. Everyone had to wait for about thirty minutes for the kitchen to fire up.
You wouldn’t have guessed it by how quickly the food was gulped down, but reports are that it wasn’t worth the wait.
No Sudden End to the Ride This Time
The last time I rode down from Fraser’s Hill, I crashed at this corner. No such mishaps
Take Photo Take Photo
There is a bridge over a ravine about 5km / 3mi into the descent. A good place for a last set of photographs before the non-stop ride back to KKB.
Photograph of the day!
About 7km / 4.5mi from Kuala Kubu Bharu, there is a lay by overlooking the lake behind the Sungai Selangor Dam. Someone had dumped a litter of puppies there. Being puppies, they were gamboling along the side of the busy road connecting KKB and Teranum, near Raub. We tried, with limited success, to usher the puppies off the road shoulder and onto the grass.
On the way back down, Luanne, Tomoe, Chen Li, Daniel and a few others went looking for the puppies. They found two. Superman Daniel carried one in the front of his jersey.
Luanne delivered the two puppies to the Paws Animal Welfare Society. Fingers crossed that they get adopted.
Three rides. Three rear tire punctures. Perhaps we need to buy Simon a protective charm. Thank you Meng for getting Simon back on the road.
Did it Rain?
So much for the accuracy of the weather forecasts.
Did Everyone Have Fun?
The fun didn’t stop with the ride. Some of us met up in the evening at Via Pre Italian Restaurant for coffee, dessert, and sake. An excellent end to an excellent day.