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The R@SKLs Birthday Ride for TH

The word went out one month ago.  There would be a special santai (relaxed) ride followed by lunch to celebrate TH’s birthday.

Then the route was revealed.  We ride from the Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant car park through Batu 14 and over Bukit Hantu to the Sungai Tekala Recreation Forest.  We would then retrace our route back over Bukit Hantu and up 3km / 1.9mi of the climb to Lookout Point back to the restaurant.  So much for a santai ride.

TH Birthday Original Route

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

The day before the ride I was asked to map an alternate route for the “less strong” riders who didn’t want to climb Bukit Hantu.

There was really only one option.   Ride from Batu 14 to Batu 18, and then along Jalan Sungai Lui and Jalan Sungai Lalang to the Jalan Sungai Tekali junction.  Then turn around and ride the same route in reverse.

TH Birthday Alternate Route

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

The alternate route prompted lots of chatter about where to start the ride.  The thought of 140 meters / 460 feet of climbing to get back to the restaurant with Bukit Hantu in our legs didn’t appeal to many.  So we decided to park at the Gou Lou Chicken Rice shop on Jalan Sungai Tekali.

That turned out to be a good choice not just because it eliminated that final climb.  We discovered that the road from the restaurant car park to Jalan Hulu Langat was not only bumpy and heavily patched, it was also steep.  70 meters / 230 feet of elevation over 0.6km / 0.4mi.

Twenty-five of us turned up for TH’s birthday ride.  A discussion in the Gou Lou Chicken Rice shop car park on the relative merits of each of the proposed routes ended with everyone deciding to do the Bukit Hantu climb.

We regrouped at the top of the climb, and again after the descent.

And when everyone got to the Sungai Tekala Recreation Forest, we decided to continue on to the Fatt Hwa Gong Temple in Semenyih.

TH Birthday Route

Map courtesy of Ride With GPS

Two riders chose to wait at the Sungai Tekala Recreation Forest while the rest of us rode to the temple.

“The temple is only 5km from here,” said a few in the group.

Yeah right.  It was 12km / 7.5mi later that we were on the steps of the temple.

TH Birthday Temple Johan S

Photograph courtesy of Marvin Tan

The jaunt to the temple added 25km / 15.5mi to our ride.  When we got back to the Sungai Tekala Recreation Forest we all decided that we would tackle to climb back over Bukit Hantu rather than ride the flatter but longer route to Batu 18 and then back to Batu 14.

It was a challenge going up the steeper side, but everyone got over Bukit Hantu for the second time that morning.  It felt warmer than the thermometer temperature of 29°C / 84°F.  Cold drinks were required before we drove to the Veg Fish Farm Thai Restaurant.

We had some time to burn anyway as lunch wasn’t until 11.00am.

TH Birthday Ride After Drinks Luanne

Photograph courtesy of Luanne Sieh

The restaurant is built around a large fish pond.  The food is delivered from the kitchen to various sections of the restaurant by a small motorboat.

TH Birthday Ride Restaurant Luanne

Photograph courtesy of Luanne Sieh

And food there was aplenty.

Of course there was cake too.

TH Birthday Ride Cake Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Naely and Kevin also have birthdays in June.

TH Birthday Ride Trio

Photograph courtesy of Kenix Chiang

Everyone was stuffed to the gills (pardon the seafood pun!)

Thank you TH for inviting us to a fabulous lunch after a tough but enjoyable ride.  And an especially big thank you to Alison for the behind-the-scenes organisation.

TH Birthday Ride cake cutting

Photograph courtesy of Kenix Chiang

TH Birthday Banner

Yin and Yang

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My riding buddies and I try to do two rides on weekends.  Usually the intent is to make the Sunday ride a slower, more relaxed ride.  Usually the Sunday ride ends up being as hard or harder than the Saturday ride.

In most cases we alternate between a route that includes the Guthrie Corridor Expressway to Kampung Sri Kundang, and a jaunt up Jalan Gombak Lama to Genting Sempah and back.  This time we did a variation of the Kampung Sri Kundang ride on Saturday, and a new loop from Semenyih to Lenggeng and Broga on Sunday.

Weekend Routes

Our Saturday ride started as it usually does, with a relatively quick run to Kampung Sri Kundang for roti canai and teh tarik.  Liang, Marco, Mark, Marvin and I made short work of breakfast.  There were no table scraps for the cat.

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

We then decided to tackle the Dragon’s Back on the way back.  Despite the rising temperature.  We had an 18km run to the PETRONAS Puncak Alam petrol station, where we stopped for cold drinks and the bathroom.

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Then it was on to the main event.  I’ve shown this profile before.  The Dragon’s Back starts at the 47km point with a wall that hits 12%.  Then it is up and down the rest of the way back to Bukit Jelutong.

Saturday Profile

This is Marco, happy to see the end of the first half of the Dragon’s Back.

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Photograph courtesy of Marco Lai

Needless to say we were all toasted by the time we got back to D’Bayu.

So it made a very nice change to have a true recovery ride on Sunday.  About fifteen of us made the drive south from Kuala Lumpur to Semenyih.  After a pit stop at the toll plaza we rode onto the LEKAS Highway.  The same highway we rode during the Shimano Highway Challenge.

Lenggeng Toll Mark

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

This was a very relaxed ride.  VERY relaxed.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

After 25km we exited the highway.  Not long afterwards we came to the only serious climb of the day.  100 meters up in about 2km.  In keeping with our 16kph average speed to that point, we took it very easy up the hill.



The view at the top is spectacular.


We had quiet back roads all to ourselves.


And the leisurely pace meant we had time to explore.  There was a time when rubber was the number one agricultural export of Malaysia.  There aren’t many rubber estates left now.  Most have been replaced by oil palm , or housing estates.


The goal of the ride was the Broga ABC Pan Mee shop.

The best place to be is around the back, sitting at a marble table, eating curry mee.  This was Mark’s order.  With roast pork and cockles.  I had the no-meat option.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

And drinking iced coffee.

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Photograph courtesy of Mark Lim

Now this is the kind of recovery ride that I want more of.

King of Perez Stage 1

Graphic courtesy of Dave Ern

Graphic courtesy of Dave Ern

The 7th in the series of King of 9 Mountains challenges that Dave Ern has put together was held today.  The 100km / 62 mi route took us from Semenyih in the state of Selangor to Kuala Klawang in the state of Negeri Sembilan.  There was a 60km / 37mi option for those who didn’t relish 1,900m / 6,200ft of climbing.

King of Peres Stage 1 Route

About twenty of us gathered in Semenyih for the 7.30am start.  But first a briefing about the route from Dave Ern.

Photo courtesy of Khairuddin Abdul Aziz

Photo courtesy of Khairuddin Abdul Aziz

The turn-around point for those doing the 60km route was 1km up Bukit Tangga.  After the Bukit Mandom 1 and Bukit Mandom 2 climbs.  Bukit Mandom 1 gets the heart pumping.  It is only 1,000m / 3,300ft long, but it has a 400m / 1,300ft section with a gradient of more than 10%, maxing out at 18%.  Bukit Mandon 2 is a bit over 2km / 1.3mi long but it has gentler gradients that do not exceed 9%.

So everyone was ready for a break by the time we got to the local convenience store on the lower slope of Bukit Tangga.

King of Peres Stage 1 Convenience Store

The home-made soft drinks looked good, but this looked better.  I’m sure it tasted better too.

King of Peres Stage 1 Rehydration

The Bukit Tangga climb is about 5km / 3mi long.  If that was not enough to put people off the full 100km route, the thought of doing the climbs from the opposite direction on the way back to Semenyih did.  Only Adrian and I rode on to Kuala Klawang after this group photograph.

Photo courtesy of Khairuddin Abdul Aziz

Photo courtesy of Khairuddin Abdul Aziz

I got to Kuala Klawang in good shape.  Helped by a 65kph / 41mph run down Bukit Tangga.  Adrian and I camped for a while in the Petronas petrol station at Kuala Klawang, guzzling cold drinks in air-conditioned comfort.

By the time we started riding back the way we came it was 11am.


The hottest time of the day.  I didn’t need to tell me that while the thermometer read 35° C / 94° F,  it felt like 43° C / 109° F.  Adrian set a tempo north of 35kph / 22mph.  By the time we started back up Bukit Tangga I was overheating.  My heart rate had come down fairly quickly after the climbs on the outward leg, when it was cooler.  Not so on the return leg.

King of Peres Stage 1 Charts

I should have put some ice in my bottles at that Petronas station.

I tried to keep my heart rate below 150bpm on the climbs by turning as light a gear as possible and going slowly.  Even so my heart rate hit 170bpm on Bukit Mandom 2.  That is higher than I have ever seen it.

The last 20km was all about heart rate management, taking a drink every five minutes, and keeping cramps at bay.

And looking forward to my post-ride beverage of choice.

Durian Fiesta Chocolate Milk

There is a King of Perez Stage 2 planned.  It will be the same route as we rode today, but with an additional 68km / 42mi and another big out-and-back climb beyond Kuala Klawang to cover.

A step too far methinks.