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R@SKLs do Fraser’s Hill

The Goal

Fraser's Sign Kelin Chan

Photograph courtesy of Kelin Chan

38km / 23.6mi from, and 1,200 meters / 3,937 feet higher than Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB).

 It Almost Didn’t Happen

Fraser's Weather Lee Heng Keng

Graphic courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

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.  Fraser's Bad AssThe ride was on.

Eager Beaver

Fraser's Early Morning Alfred

Photograph courtesy of Alfred Chan

Alfred was knocking on the door of this coffee shop in KKB at 6.25am.

 Superman

Fraser's Daniel Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

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

Fraser's Start Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

Twenty of us rolled up the road from KKB.

Views Along The Way

Fraser's Hill - Sungai Selangor Dam

The lake at the Sungai Selangor Dam.

Fraser's Hill - Waterfall

One of the bigger waterfalls.

Success Part One

Fraser's Gap Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Fraser's Gap Simon Soo Hu

Photograph courtesy of Simon Soo Hu

Fraser's Gap Normal Shot Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

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

Fraser's Hill - Gap Rest House

It was closed for renovations and never reopened.

Success Part Two

Fraser's Clock Tower Alfred Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

Fraser's Clock Tower Leonard Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

The Clock Tower shot was particularly sweet for Alfred and Leonard.  It was their first time riding up to Fraser’s Hill.

Fraser's Clock Tower Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Refuelling

Fraser's D'Olio Restaurant Daniel Lim

Photograph courtesy of Daniel Lim

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

Fraser's Crash Corner

The last time I rode down from Fraser’s Hill, I crashed at this corner.  No such mishaps
Fraser's Hooraythis time.

Take Photo Take Photo

Fraser's Bridge 1 Kelin Chan

Photograph courtesy of Kelin Chan

Fraser's Bridge 2 Kelin Chan

Photograph courtesy of Kelin Chan

Fraser's Bridge 3 Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Fraser's Scenery 1

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.

Good Samaritans

Fraser's Puppy Tomoe Suga

Photograph courtesy of Tomoe Suga

Photograph of the day!

Fraser's Puppies Luanne Sieh

Photograph courtesy of Luanne Sieh

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.

Kapitan!  Again??

Fraser's Simon Flat Leonard Yee

Photograph courtesy of Leonard Yee

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?

Fraser's No Rain.png

So much for the accuracy of the weather forecasts.

Did Everyone Have Fun?

Fraser's Yes

Photograph courtesy of yesbikes.com.au

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.

 

 

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.

2 responses »

  1. Looks like you guys and gals had so much fun. Too bad I cant join. Down with food poisoning over the weekend.

    Reply

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