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Grow Your Jersey Collection One Ride at a Time – 2016

This is my fourth annual gallery of jerseys and T-shirts that were given out by event organisers.

You can look at previous year’s galleries here:

2013

2014

2015

The first event jersey for 2016 was collected in April at the BP MS150.  This is normally a  two-day 150mi / 241km charity ride from Houston to Austin.  In 2016 inclement weather forced the organisers to reduce the ride to one day.  I was a part of the team representing Hess Corporation, a company I worked for from 2006 to 2010.

I don’t have the 2016 Hess jersey.  I must have left it in Houston.  Here are my friends and I, in what is one of the better Hess jersey designs that we have worn over the years.

hess-bp-ms150-2016

The RHB Shimano Highway Ride LEKAS was at the end of April.  The unique thing about that event was that it was held at night, on a closed highway, under LED street lights.

lekas-2016

Next was the Perak Century Ride in May.  I didn’t know the significance of the bull that featured prominently on the event jersey was.  Reader Hanafiah Aris pointed out that it is not a bull, but a seladang, or gaur in English.  Hanafiah also reminded me that the Perak  state soccer team is nicknamed the Seladang.

perak-2016

I have a jersey from the Klang Premiere Century Ride that was held in July.  I didn’t ride in that event though.  I opted to do the two-day BCG Tour from Klang to Port Dickson and back, which happened on the same weekend, instead.

klang-premiere-2016

The next event jersey that I “earned” was from the Campaign For A Lane ride in Penang, at the end of August.  For the first time the organisers required participants to wear the event jersey during the ride.  If not riders would not get support at the water stops and at the finish.

cfal-2016

Participants got a finisher’s T-shirt as well.

cfal-t-shirt-2016

The Putrajaya Century Ride was held on the first weekend in September.  This was one of the more elegant jersey designs of the year.

putrajaya-2016

The last organised ride with swag was the Satun International Century at the end of November.  It was a rather subdued affair because Thailand was in mourning following the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyej.

satun-2016

There was a T-shirt for that event too.  The design was very much like the event jersey.

satun-t-shirt-2016

As I have done in previous years, I will offer these jerseys to anyone who wants one.  Better that they are worn regularly by others, rather than sitting at the back of my closet.

I wonder what event jerseys 2017 will bring.

Klang Premiere Century Ride 2014

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After my struggles at the Shah Alam Enduride, I was hoping for a good outing at the Klang Premiere Century Ride.  This was advertised as a 108 km ride.  The route consisted of a loop through Klang town, a run south to Telok Panglima Garang, a second loop with an out-and-back to the coast on Carey Island, and finally the reverse run from Teluk Panglima Garang to the start.

Klang Century Ride Route

I had a 2.15pm flight to catch, so I didn’t have time to do the full 108 km ride.  I planned to skip the out-and-back to Carey Island.  I was told that cutting out  that section would reduce my ride length to 73 km.  I reckoned on about 2 ½ hours to complete my ride.  Which would give me plenty of time to drive the 47 km  back home, shower etc. and get to the airport by about 1.00pm.

Klang Century JM Route

The start and finish were at the Premiere Hotel in Klang.  It was a pretty good choice.  There was lots of room for rider packet pickup the day before, and lots of secure covered parking on the day of the ride.  The goodie bag did have some goodies in it.  Registered riders got a jersey, a t-shirt, a bidon, and some discount vouchers.

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia magazine

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia magazine

There was the usual mix of registered and ghost riders.  Yue-Jin was a registered rider.  I can’t speak for his friends on his right.

Klang Century Yue-Jin

Photograph courtesy of Cheong Yue-Jin

Marco, Mark and I were in our Flipsiders jerseys.  Ching Chua, Cher-Ryl and Griffin were there too.  That is Marco’s and Mark’s post-ride lunch btw.

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Photograph curtesy of Marco Lai

The route was very flat, so once we finished the loop through Klang we rode at a fairly high average speed.  I expected to get to the water stop that marked the beginning of the Carey Island sector after about 45 km to 50 km.

50 km came and went.  55 km came and went.  60 km came and went.  I began to worry about overheating and running out of fluid to drink.  I had been sweating a lot.  It was at least 35 °C / 95 °F, and it felt more like 45  °C / 113 °F.

65 km came and went.  I was slowing down in the heat.  I still had some sport drink in one bidon.  I hadn’t brought anything to eat.  That was a mistake.  I began to worry about missing my flight.

The junction I was waiting for finally came after 72 km.  I had been riding for 2 ¼ hours.  No one manning the water stop was sure how far it was to the finish.  Whatever the remaining distance, it was clear that I wouldn’t make my target finish time of 2 ½ hours.

I filled both my bidons with 100 Plus.  I poured water over my head, and tied a wet bandanna around my neck.  Then Marco, Mark and I set off toward the Premiere Hotel.  We were on our own because the route marshals were manning the junctions on the way to Carey Island.  So we had to stop at red traffic lights.  Perhaps it was because of the heat, but it seemed like almost every traffic light we came to was red.  It was with considerable relief that we got to the finish after only 14 km.

Klang Century Finish

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia magazine

I was only 30 minutes behind my planned finish time as the volunteer crew removed my timing chip.  They were surprised that I was at the finish so quickly.  Our average speed of 32 kph / 20 mph was not the only reason.  I did have to  explain that I took a short cut.

Klang Century Finish Tag

Photograph courtesy of Cycling Malaysia magazine

It took another 30 minutes before I stopped dripping sweat and was able to pull on a t-shirt and shorts for the high-speed drive home.

The good news is that I felt pretty good after a very hot 87 km.  And I made it to the airport on time.