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Sunday’s R@SKLs ride was one of our standard routes.  From D’Bayu in Bukit Jelutong to Rawang via the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE) and the Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Selangor Expressway (LATAR).  Breakfast in Rawang, and then back to Bukit Jelutong.

We had a wet start to the ride.

Rawang Bypass Wet Start Eugene Lee

Photograph courtesy of Eugene Lee

By the time we got to Denai Alam, 8km / 5mi away, it was bone dry.  Hooray.

As we approached Rawang on LATAR, we could see the elevated section of the Rawang Bypass in front of us.

Rawang Bypass Elevated Section SkyscraperCity

Photograph courtesy of SkyscraperCity

The Rawang Bypass, when open, will divert traffic travelling on Federal Route 1, between Kuala Lumpur and Serendah, away from Rawang.  This will ease congestion on Jalan Rawang.  It is a much-delayed project, construction having started in early 2009.

Rawang Bypass Banner Nazrey

Photograph courtesy of Nazrey

Friends have posted photographs of their recent rides on the bypass.  The roadway is complete, and just the finishing touches remain before the bypass is finally opened to traffic.  And therefore closed to bicycles.

Over breakfast we debated riding the length of the bypass.  None of us had ridden it before.  We were all up for an adventure.

Getting to the bypass required crossing two lanes of Jalan Rawang.  Fortunately Jalan Rawang is not very busy on Sunday mornings.  The direction we came from meant that we had to ride up the wrong side of the roadway.

The construction crew didn’t bat an eye as we rode under the barrier and onto the bypass.

Rawang Bypass Start Johan Sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

The high point of the elevated section of the bypass is 65 meters / 213 feet above the ground.  It has to the clear the exit ramp, which is itself elevated, which connects LATAR to the KL-bound lanes of Jalan Rawang.  and it has to pass over the Kancing forest reserve, minimizing disturbance to the green area below.

So we headed upwards.

Rawang Bypass Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

And upwards.  For about 4km / 2.5mi.  The views are very nice, and the gradient is challenging but not excessive.

Rawang Bypass Construction Johan sopiee

Photograph courtesy of Johan Sopiee

We were happy to get to the highest point of the elevated section.

Rawang Bypass Kevin Chin

Photograph courtesy of Kevin Chin

We had the road all to ourselves, so . . .

Rawang Bypass Kings of the Road Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Rawang Bypass Kings of the Road 2 Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

It turned out well to be on the wrong side of the road at first, because there were a lot of workmen and equipment on the other side of the road.

Just after the elevated section the road was closed off.  There were workmen paving the lanes in front of us.  Fortunately there was a break in the concrete central divider, so we could cross onto the correct side of the road.

There was another short climb, and then a high-speed descent to the end of the bypass at Sungai Choh.  Everyone made it back to Federal Route 1 without incident, except for one puncture.

Rawang Bypass Kevin Flat Lee Heng Keng

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

It was worth being adventurous.  We all enjoyed riding the Rawang Bypass.

I propose that the R@SKLs, in the words of Steely Dan . . .

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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