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CFAL 2018: Prelude

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The annual Campaign for a Lane (CFAL) ride is the most anticipated event on the R@SKL calendar.  Planning starts in March, as soon as registration for CFAL opens.

The early birds get the best accommodation in Penang.  A room at the Tien Hotel.  Those who were slower off the mark get the next best thing.  Shared accommodation at Tien Residences.  Both locations are courtesy of TH Lim, who once again outdid himself as host extraordinaire.

CFAL 2018 Welcome Banner

Graphic courtesy of TH Lim

TH took care of all the arrangments in Penang.  Dehydration would not be a problem.

CFAL 2018 Hydration CH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

He went to Penang a few days early to make sure the hawker food was up to scratch.

Food Taste Testing TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

He even provided custom-made caps for us.

CFAL 2018 Cap TH Lim

All the rest of us had to do was arrange our travel and get our bikes to Pegasus in time to catch the transporter van.

R@SKLs started travelling early on Friday.

CFAL 2018 Plane Kenix Chiang

Photograph courtesy of Kenix Chiang

Including some from Hong Kong.

CFAL 2018 HK Arrivals Lai Voon Kiat

Photograph courtesy of Lai Voon Kiat

By lunchtime on Friday bikes were in a van and on the road from Kuala Lumpur to Penang.

CFLA Prelude Loading Bikes Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Th’s host duties started early on Friday evening as the first wave of R@SKLs arrived at the Tien Hotel.

CFAL 2018 Early Arrivals TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

The festivities were interrupted by the arrival of the van carrying our bicycles.

CFAL 2018 Unloading Bikes TH Lim

Photograph courtesy of TH Lim

Unloading expended a lot of calories, which of course had to be immediately replaced.  So festivities recommenced at a hawker stall down the road from the Tien Hotel.

CFAL 2018 Eating Lai Voon Kiat

Photograph courtesy of Lai Voon Kiat

A sign of things to come . . . .

CFAL 2018 Sign of things to come Simon Su Hoo

Photograph courtesy of Simon Soo Hu

About alchemyrider

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

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