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We Like the Airport Ride

Rain tempted a few of us to go back to bed at 5.30am and have a Sunday lie-in.  But eight of us put on ‘badass pants’ and turned up near the Iskandar restaurant in Bandar Sunway by 6.30am.  By the time we got rolling the rain had stopped.

We started at Bandar Sunway rather than at Bukit Jalil so that we could ride a few more kilometers.

An on the fly decision to take the first exit rather than the second one at the Jalan KLIA 1 / Jalan Pekeliling roundabout added even more kilometers.

KLIA 2 Third Trip

We stopped at the Dengkil stall for breakfast.  Back to that Malaysian favourite – roti canai.  No appelgebak met slagroom here.

KLIA2 Third Trip Breakfast Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

As we left Dengkil we were joined by a local resident out for his Sunday ride.  He suggested an alternate route from the Jalan KLIA 1 / Jalan Pekeliling roundabout to KLIA2.  So we took the first rather than the second exit from that roundabout.

That took us toward the now unused Low Cost Carrier Teminal (LCCT) and alongside Runway 3.  Which provided an opportunity for a plane spotter photo.

KLIA2 Third Trip Marco and Plane Marco

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

And a gratuitous bike shot with the KLIA 2 control tower in the background.

KLIA2 Third Trip Control Tower

The road around Runway 3 brought us to the bus and taxi area on the ground floor of the KLIA 2 terminal building.  There is an NZ Curry House outlet there.  With a glass wall so we could see our bicycles from inside the restaurant.

We didn’t think that a group of ten could have pulled off the bike-on-a-trolley trick that had worked for Liang and I.

KLIA2 Third Trip Bike Lineup Fraz Chow

Photograph courtesy of Fraz Chow

It was getting very hot, so one of these was in order.  An ais kacang.

KLIA2 Third Trip Ice Kacang Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Speaking of hot, this was the temperature during our ride back to Bandar Sunway.  I was missing the 8°C / 46°F of Den Haag.

KLIA2 Third Trip WeatherOn the way we stopped a few times for some shade and a breather.  Including at the R&R Seri Kembangan on the MEX Highway, where we could get food and icy drinks, and sit under a fan in the shade.

Our decision to cover extra kilometers turned the route into a century ride.  It was about 3pm when we got back to our cars.  More than enough time in the sun to have me reaching for this.

KLIA 2 Third Trip After Sun

Good thing the next ride is going to be at night!


Airports Take 2

My cycling buddies were quite amused by the story of my ride to KLIA and KLIA2.  Especially the part where I was escorted along the ELITE Highway by a PLUSRonda vehicle.  There are alternate routes to KLIA, and Liang suggested a ride along one of those routes today.  I was the only one able to take him up on his suggestion.

Liang and I met at Bukit Jalil, and by 6.45am we were on our way onto the MEX Highway.  At the Putrajaya Toll Plaza we exited left toward Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.  At the next cloverleaf intersection we took the exit to the Pintasan Dengkil Bypass.  5km / 3mi later we left the Bypass and rode into Dengkil town.

KLIAs Take 2 Route

Liang has a regular breakfast stop in Dengkil.

Photograph courtesy of Google Maps

Photograph courtesy of Google Maps

It is a simple place.  A canopy under the trees provides a pleasant space for some tables and chairs.  We watched other cyclists ride by as we breakfasted on iced Milo and roti canai.

We rejoined the Pintasan Dengkil Bypass and followed the signs toward KLIA.  14km / 9mi later we were at KLIA.  From there it was 6km / 4mi to the Arrival Hall at KLIA2.  We thought we would try our luck one level down from the Departure Hall, where I had trouble getting my bike into the building on my first ride to the airport.

This time we took no chances.



Photograph courtesy of Liang

The trolley trick worked.  We got a few interested looks from the security personnel, but were able to wheel our way around without questions.  We left our trolleys outside KluangStation while we had a drink and some nibbles.


Two happy cyclists!


Photograph courtesy of Liang

Photograph courtesy of Liang

Happy because we were able to get our bikes into the building.  And happy because the peanut butter and banana toast was awesome.

Photograph courtesy of Liang

Photograph courtesy of Liang

Watered and fed, we wheeled our trolleys back outside and reassembled our bikes.

We didn’t take a detour through Dengkil town on the way back to Bukit Jalil.  But we did stop at the Putrajaya Toll plaza and the Sri Kembangan R&R.  It had turned into a very hot morning, and after being broiled for an hour, we needed to rest in the shade and have a cold drink.

Take 2 was definitely an improvement over my first airport ride.  There is already interest in a Take 3.


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My Flipside friends and I have amended the starting point for rides to the Guthrie Corridor Expressway and on to Kampung Sri Kundang etc.  The ride to the GCE now takes us past Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport.  I remember it fondly as Subang International Airport.  It was Kuala Lumpur’s main airport from 1965 to 1998.

The original Subang Airport terminal building is long gone, which is a shame.

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Photograph courtesy of

It has been replaced by a less attractive, albeit modern, terminal.

Today I decided to ride to the airport that replaced Subang.  The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), and the newly opened KLIA2, which is a low cost carrier terminal.

The first part of the ride was along the Maju Expressway (MEX).  The first time I rode along the MEX, I thought it would be my last.  There is one particularly tricky section, the Kuchai Lama Interchange, on the ride back to Kuala Lumpur.  The fact that the MEX is just about the only reasonable ride I can start from my doorstep, and it gets me to the KESAS Highway without having to drive there, now outweighs my nervousness about that interchange.


Now I am pretty familiar with the entire 26km / 16 mi length of the MEX.  MEX is mostly elevated from the on ramp at Jalan Tun Razak to the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex exit.  That means parapets and drainage gratings along both sides of the roadway.  Which makes for a fairly narrow shoulder to ride a bicycle on.

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Photograph courtesy of

Once you get past Exit 2004 the parapets and gratings disappear.  More importantly there is much more of a shoulder to ride on.  Or walk on, as the case may be.

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The new bit on this ride came after the Putrajaya Toll Plaza.  Most times I take the u-turn under the expressway and head back home (in red below).  This time I cut across to the right hand exit to get onto the Putrajaya Link (in green below).  This 8.8km / 5.5mi road links the MEX to the North-South Expressway Central Link, also known as the ELITE Expressway.

MEX to KLIA Ride

I was on the ELITE for about 10km / 6mi before exiting onto the KLIA Expressway.  From there it is about 15km / 9mi to the KLIA.  I rode up to and past the Departure Hall of KLIA before looping over the KLIA Expressway to get to the Departure Hall of KLIA 2.

This is the road through the departure level of KLIA.

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This is KLIA2.


I had planned to stop at KLIA 2 for a coffee and some food.  Only to be told once I got there that bicycles are not allowed into the airport buildings.  I rolled my bike into the Departure Hall anyway, and bought a coffee.  Much to the consternation of airport security, who sent five people to intercept me as I left Starbucks.  They were nice enough about it, but I did have to sit on a bench outside while I drank my latte.

On the ride back along the ELITE I passed a vehicle like this that was parked on the road shoulder.  PLUSRonda is the team that patrols the Expressway and provides assistance to motorists.

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Photograph courtesy of

A few minutes later I heard a beep behind me.  it was the PLUSRonda guys, with the blue lights on the truck flashing.  They told me that bicycles are not allowed on the ELITE.  I asked them to let me ride the remaining 8km / 5mi to the exit to the Putrajaya Link.  They were dubious out of concern for my safety, given the heavy and fast traffic.  They agreed to let me ride on, and followed behind me, lights still flashing.  I felt compelled to ride faster until I got to the exit.

The furore with security at KLIA2 had distracted me from buying anything to eat.  I also made the mistake of ordering a hot latte rather than an iced one.  Which I didn’t finish because I was hot.  So I shouldn’t have been surprised that I bonked on the Putrajaya link.  I made it up the first of the MEX climbs to the toll plaza, but I had to stop for a breather.  My arms were tingling.  A sure sign of hypoglycaemia.

I had 6km / 4mi between me and the Seri Kembangan R&R.  This is the elevation profile for that section.

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

So you can understand my relief when I crested that last slope and rolled down to the R&R in the distance on the left.

Photograph courtesy of Nazrey

Photograph courtesy of Nazrey

I felt much better after an ice-cold Sprite and a short rest under a fan.  With blood sugar levels restored, the rest of the ride back into Kuala Lumpur was fine.

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Even that Kuchai Lama Interchange and the elevated parta.