by John-Chan-9 » Mon May 30, 2011 9:55 am
Firstly, many big Thanks to all the Master Hares for their efforts and contributions in making the Bash 200 a success. Also many thanks to the volunteers manning the registration, drinks, bbq counters and the donors of the bbq food.
The 200 was my returning ride to MTB. White, Red and Blue to choose from has had me pondered which loops to suffer in. For a layman, the definition of White should be plain vanilla, Red may be fast and hot and Blue, my face would turn blue after the ride (Hi Scotty) and so my initial plans was to warm up with the White then proceed to the Blue.
Oh well, the sun was blazingly hot and the weather was humid, period. And so I only rode the White and here are my takes on the Whitey.
It was the deceiving White, deceiving. The White’s Master Hares said “scenic” and “15km”, yea yea rite brothers… I knew I could not trust them in overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the loop especially in good convoy of 7 riders.
There were shredded papers which the master hare said earlier in briefing that would represent “hey there’s a turning, but you love to ride on straight”, I lost count the number of times we missed the meehoon papers and had to backtrack. (the first thing that got to my mind was “hey this is typical H, R & M style, never use obvious trails, must detour one) hehehe … One could see the big efforts being put in , I especially liked the neatly laid bamboo crossing, fun parang-made tight singletracks through rubber and palm branches (halo, you forgot to chop off the branches ), terrace drops, the incredible parang & hand made 15foot slippery “imitation 2k triple terrace” which led us down to a ditch! , the 2009 Epic stage 2 sections and the best of all, you know, you guys can really predict the oven-baking weather that you were so kind to drop 2 water crossings in cool crystal clear waters to refrigerate our skins, very thoughful of you, we loved it.
I am sure all the other Loops’ Master Hares have all put in a lot a lot of efforts too, so here’s thank you all again and keep up the good work. Cheers