The Bangsar Cycling Group organised a Sunday ride from Kota Kemuning to Morib. I suggested that they use the route that the R@SKLs ride to get to Morib. It avoids the heavily-trafficked and poorly surfaced Jalan Klang Banting, except for 4.5km / 2.8mi stretch from Jenjarom to Jalan Bandar Lama.
None of the BCGers knew that route. That is how I ended up leading the BCG ride.
Coincidentally, the R@SKLs were also riding from Kota Kemuning to Morib on Sunday. They were starting from their usual meeting point, Restoran BR Maju. The BCG were starting from their usual meeting point, McDonald’s. So I arranged for both groups to meet at Bandar Rimbayu, so that we could all do the ride together.
Both groups got to Bandar Rimbayu, as planned, at 7.30am. There were forty two riders in all, including the cameraman for this shot.
From the left:
I set off at the head of this large group of riders, leading them through Bandar Rimbayu and onto the bridge over the SKVE.
As we rolled off the bridge I was still at the head of the group, riding at approximately the advertised moving speed of 29kph / 18mph.
Just as I felt a sense of control over the group, my illusion was shattered. Riders shot off ahead of me, clearly more interested in testing their legs than sticking to 29kph. Oh well!
To no one’s surprise, the faster riders missed the right turn at Kampung Seri Cheeding. Mobile phones to the rescue. A few back-and-forth calls, and Google map consultations, and everyone was reunited 15km / 9mi later at the junction of Jalan Bukit Jugra and Jalan Jeti. Google maps didn’t warn of this road hazard though.
As usually happens, there was some talk of climbing Bukit Jugra. I thought that first getting some food and drink at Morib was the way to go. And that was what we did.
It was about 10.30am, and getting hot, by the time we left Morib for the homeward leg.
The R@SKLs left a bit before the BCGers, and they headed straight back to Kota Kemuning. Some of the BCGers were determined to climb Bukit Jugra. Which is why we ended up here.
Some, probably wisely, elected to wait at the bottom of the hill. Those who braved the up to 17° gradients were rewarded with views of the Langat River from the lookout point.
And the added treat of watching a paraglider launch himself off the slope.
We probably spent a bit too long up on the hill. I had expected that we would be back at Kota Kemuning at about noon. It was 11.30am by the time we all got going again from the base of Bukit Jugra. There was 45km / 28mi, and a cendol stall, between us and Kota Kemuning.
Any thoughts of skipping the cendol stall were dispelled by the 34°C / 93°F temperature. The heat, and the distance, were starting to affect some riders, so a stop for a cold drink and a rest was well worth it.
And then the punctures started. First at the cendol stall, when a tube spontaneously popped. Then 5km / 3mi later. A further 5km and it was my turn. I rode over a rock. Eight of us clustered in the shade under a tree in someone’s front garden to review the damage to my rear rim.
Not good. Fortunately the rim was still rideable.
We weren’t done yet. We had only just got moving again when we had puncture number four. All in the space of 13km / 8mi.
What with one thing or the other, it is no surprise that out of the total ride time of seven hours, we were stopped for three hours. Which explains why we didn’t get back to the McDonald’s in Kota Kemuning until 2.00pm, when the temperature was pushing 37°C / 99°F.
A salted caramel sundae never tasted so good!
We all got split up between Morib and Kota Kemuning. I haven’t heard any reports of missing cyclists, so I can only assume that everyone got back safely. Albeit some with minor scrapes, cramps and sore muscles.
I need to practice being a ride leader. If nothing else, it makes a good excuse!