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Movember Recce Ride

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Pegasus Cycles is organising a charity ride in aid of the Movember Foundation.  Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide.

Last night twenty-two of us tested a potential route for the charity ride.  I mapped a route which starts and ends at Pegasus Cycles and does not require crossing major roads.  I had anticipated the first deviation from my plan.  The road around the TPC golf course is closed for repairs.  So we planned to u-turn at Sungai Penchala instead of continuing through Taman Tun Dr. Ismail.

It is a good thing we tested this route out.  When we got to the left turn marked by the arrow below, we found that the road ran through a gated community.  Not accessible by a raffish bunch of R@SKLs.

Movember Planned Recce Route

Map courtesy of Ride with GPS

After a quick powwow with people who knew the area better than I, we rode this route instead.

Movember Recce Route

Map courtesy of Ride with GPS

By the time we deviated from the planned route, we had already decided that it wasn’t suitable for a charity ride.  There was too much traffic and the road surface was poor in places.

We stopped at Plaza Arkadia in Desa Parkcity to link up with Mark and Martin.

Movember Recce 1

Photograph courtesy of Lee Heng Keng

Movember Recce 3

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

Then someone thought it was a good idea to do the 100m / 330ft climb to the water tank at the end of Jalan Desa Bistari.  It is amazing how a camera brings out the smiles, despite the gradient!

The huffing and puffing to get up that hill were worth it.  That is Genting Highlands seemingly floating on the right.

Movember Recce 4

We regrouped at the bottom of the hill to agree on a way back to Pegasus Cycles.

Movember Recce 6

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

Some just waited for a decision to be made.

Movember Recce 9

Photograph courtesy of Robyn Lim

We rode back to Plaza Damas through the various Kiaras.  Most then spent a laughter-filled hour over roti rawa, roti canai, roti tissue, paper thosai, chapati and fried chicken, washed down with teh halia, teh tarik, teh o ais limau and milo.

The food was good, but the company and the laughs were better.

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.

4 responses »

  1. Hi Johan,

    Talking about routes and avoiding traffic, where in KL is a good place to set up base for cycling? Will be in Malaysia in February/March and planning a trip to KL. Hopefully we can ride together.


  2. Hi Surinder. It will be great to see you in KL.

    Riding in KL is tough because of all the traffic. Weekend rides are always outside the city and require some driving to get to the start points.

    Here are the popular routes:
    I usually start this one from where I live – near the PETRONAS Twin Towers. 16km climb.
    This starts in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, or Taman Mayang in Petaling Jaya. Quite flat.
    This one requires the most driving. Rimbayu is about 40km from where I live. Very flat.
    About 25km from where I live. 11km climb.
    About 12km from my home. Lots of shortish hills.

    It won’t be a problem to give you and your bike a lift to where ever we are riding on Saturday and Sunday. There is usually also a 5.30am ride on Wednesdays.

    Let me know what your plans are closer to your arrival in Malaysia and we will plan something.

    • Hi Johan,

      Thanks for your reply and the very useful GPS route information. I see you just came back from Taiwan. Looks like you had quite a trip.

      Thanks for your invitation to ride with you and the group as well as lift to start of the ride. Looks like Saturday March 2nd coincides with one of your ride days.

      I will get in touch nearer the time.

      Best Regards,

  3. Pingback: My R@SKL History Part 5 | Old Roots, New Routes

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