There were fewer organised rides (often 160km / 100mi long with an entry fee in exchange for partially or completely closed roads, a jersey and a finisher’s medal) on offer in 2018 than there had been in previous years.
In 2013 I participated in eleven organised rides.
In 2014 it was seven events.
In 2015 I rode in six events.
In 2016 the number of organised rides I did went back up to seven.
In 2017 the number fell to five.
The steadily falling number of organised rides I have participated in can be attributed to two things. One is the “done that” syndrome. The only ride with enough appeal for me to consistently take part over the years is the Campaign for a Lane (CFAL) ride in Penang.
The other factor is that there are fewer century rides being organised. A couple of years ago an event was cancelled after the organiser absconded with all the entry fees. Since then the cycling community has been averse to signing up for events unless it is with a known / trusted organiser. There are not many of those on the local scene.
So in 2018, I collected four event jerseys. The first was the CIMB Challenge Ride in April. The highlight of that century ride was that the start and finish were at the Sepang International Circuit, which hosted the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix for many years.
The 10th edition of the CFAL Ride took place in August. The organisers provided a jersey and a t-shirt. That ride is part of a party weekend in Penang for the R@SKLs.
The Avillion Coastal Ride was in October. I managed to give myself a saddle sore the day before the event and couldn’t ride on the day.
Note to self: Always use chamois cream, even if the ride is only 32km / 20mi long.
Hence no ride report for that event. I still got the jersey though
The final organised ride of the year was the King of Mountain Challenge in December. That ride is an approximately 1,800 metre / 5,900 foot climb up to Cameron Highlands.
As in previous years, I offered up these jerseys to anyone who wanted them. As in previous years, the jerseys were rapidly snapped up.
I wonder how many event jerseys I will pick up in 2019.