by Darcinator » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:54 pm
Wow…… What a Fantastic ride to kick start the year with a variety of sweet trails through the Rubber Research Institute for the first Bash of the year.
In spite of the light rain towards the end, the long route was an AWESOME ride. It started with the single track along the power line which was flowy, fun and quite fast until we were behind Subang airport where we found the first check. I was lucky enough to find paper first by checking in the opposite direction to what you would think and managed to lead the long for a few minutes which was cool considering it was my first long ride ever. Shortly after the first check we all started climbing the hill on the road section before going off trail into rubber.
After a short section of pushing we hit road again and were directed down DH1 the first of many very technical and slippery descents down through rubber and overgrown tracks that were AWESOME fun. They were challenging but ride-able for most riders allowing each of us to really test our bike control skills. This brought us to the second check where TwoDogsRoberts sniffed out paper on another climb and rode off into the distance never to be seen again until the end.
We then proceeded to climb steadily to the very top of the hill where the Hare and his “Mosquito Ready” family were waiting to direct us to the start of DH2. DH2 proved to be a flowing old Downhill track with small jumps that provided plenty of air opportunities. I followed the ever smooth Phil Bee down the flowing trails to the bottom.
The bottom of DH2 was the third check which took a group of us some time to locate and then it was On On up the long bitumen and dirt climb to be directed down DH3. These descents were VERY technical , slippery and challenging and despite my own reservations I managed to ride them all apart from a very slippery fall on one of the two most technical descents . A congratulations to the hares as this was a Fantastic trail laying guys and the highlight of my ride.
Once we hit the bottom we were led through a variety of long open road sections and joined the short ride. We crossed creeks, were led down trails, across rubber and down more road. The speed at the end lifted considerably as we moved away from the hill area and got into time trial mode.
The ride ended by tracking back along some interesting trail beside housing estates and the single track we had started on except this time it was a climb which wasn’t such a big deal as the last half of the 32 km ride had been quite flat and relatively easy on the legs (depending on how hard you were pushing to get home).
Congratulations to the hares who marked out what was a very enjoyable and fast ride, it has set the scene for the remainder of the year. On On