KLMBH #212 Long Ride Report, 27th May 2012 @ Hulu Tamu
By Umar - BTP Rawang
This my first shot of being the scribe, I apologize in advance if it’s not the best material you have read on the KLMBH site.
To me the whole experience started on 16 May 2012 when I read email telling us that the next Bash would be in Ulu Rening. Yeah! But the excitement were short lived when I got to the part “…strictly no children or newbie on this ride…”
Damn, that means I won’t be able to ride with my good buddy; Adam, who happens to be my 10 year old son. The regulars to the bash would certainly know Adam. To be honest, I think more people recognize Adam than the guy who drives him to the bash. Long story short, after few FB correspondence with Reza. We got a go-ahead for Adam to ride the long trail.
Thanks to the very accurate GPS coordinates, we got to Batang Kali early on Sunday morning and had breakfast at the local mamak. At 8:30 we were already off-loading our bikes. Met few familiar faces, with Ying How being the first one to greet us. By 9:15 we got ourselves registered and met more familiar faces. Mr. Yeti Kong was one of them.
At 9:30 Ying How gave his simple yet informative briefing. Everything was fine until I got was forced at gun point to volunteer to be the scribe for the long ride. No problem, I said to Adam. I got Endomondo to track our route. “Don’t have to take any notes, we just look at the map and we can write about it”. Big mistake!
At 9:40 sharp the bash began. The weather was fine with good overcast. The first kilometer was a wide gravel road with beautiful scenery. Then we turned left into canopy area and started climbing on small tarmac trail. This is when Adam overtook me and a lot of other riders up the steep climb. Saw Stanley Ng with his big smile, saying “Umar, you better catch your son”. I know then that I won’t be able to use my usual excuse when people see me resting on the trail. “I’m waiting for my son” has passed it’s expiry date.
When I finally caught up with Adam, it was almost on top of the tarmac hill. This trail later began going downhill, which no one complained. Our joy was short-lived as we began a long climb soon after. This was the second toughest hill of the trail. We reached the top of the hill at about 10:50 after just over 6 km. After a “brief” (an obvious understatement) stop, we began a long, long downhill. The journey down was quite technical, single trail with fair bit of loose gravel. As expected, Adam was so far ahead I couldn’t see him. The descend ended with a beautiful river crossing. Some riders used the opportunity to cool themselves down. It was tempting but I had push on and chase Adam. Saw the little bugger when I reached the other side of the river. To rub it in, he had to say “What took you so long Bapak? Did you fell down or something?”. Lawan tokeh betul!!! My Cateye meter showed we just clocked 7 km. The next few kilometer was a beautiful flowing single trail under canopy.
At about 11:10, we reached the big fish pond and decided to stop for 100 Plus and roti. The RM 4.50 we paid was worth every sen. Happy as were with the makan, we realised the sad fact the we have only clocked about less than 9 km and have more than 10 km to go. Arrrrgh!!
Well, we soon resumed our ride and greeted by Reza at the Scenic/Long junction. The Long route that we took led us through a relatively flat open area for the next few kilometers. And then the trail turned left into the biggest climb of the ride. Not sure about the rest of you, but we pushed the whole way up. At this point, Adam couldn’t “tunjuk terror” anymore. We were both equal now. (he he he) Almost 90% to the peak, Reza the sweeper caught up with us. When we finally reached the top, it was 11:50 and we have just clocked about 9.6 km.
After another “brief” (another gross understatement) stop, we began the much awaited downhill. Adam went first, but this time I managed to keep behind him. The descend ended with us needing to carry our bikes across a “longkang”. After that ,there was a huge drop that I can’t resist. I can’t help but ride my bike down. To my horror, Adam also inherited my “crazy and reckless” DNA. Fortunately for both of us, he came down the drop with more grace than his senior. At the bottom of the drop, we met Eric who was also riding with his son. There were also two noble hearted gentlemen helping a fellow rider who had suffered a broken RD. Immediately after this was a small river crossing which was not a big deal. The bigger deal was carrying the bikes over the steep bank on the other side.
We cycled few more kilometer and saw Ying How waving at us. This is when we realised that we have been looped. Damn! We did not reached the check point on time. The time was 12:10 and we have just clocked 11.5 km. The next two and half km was through an oil palm plantation which was familiar to us. Adam dictated that we stop to finish the “roti kelapa” that we packed. Thank God he did, my energy was already running on reserve. The remaining of the journey was through the same gravel track we passed in the morning but in reverse order. As the ground was almost level all the way, we managed to make up time. Reaching the finishing point was a victory in itself to us even if we were among the last to finish at 12:43. Total ride distance was 16.53km but it defiantly felt like 50. ; )
Thank you to the Hares (Ying How, Mike Kwan, Riza, Reme, Ajis, Wan). You guys have gone out of your way to make this a truly a wonderful experience to all the riders.
Besides those historically involved like TRAKS (Trail Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor), Fakawi Tribe, Liew Khooi Cheng and Dr. Pola Singh from Friends Of Bukit Kiara, whose articles have been features in the New Strait Times and The Star, we’re glad to see more and more people involved.
So get involved ! It’s just a click of a mouse away:
Help Save Bukit Kiara (BK) Land, come together support the ( Save Kiara Hill Campaign ) SMS to +60126542234 your name and email to help us save the green park for our future. The park are great for jogging,cycling, walking and etc come we all may make a different…
Join Save Bukit Kiara on @causes, launched by Paul Lee and Raymond Ng and sign the petition - 190 persons have already done it, among which a lot of people you might know
Be at TTDI bikewash this Saturday, a lady is there with a petition. Sign it and go shred the trail
Bukit Kiara Trailbuilding - So You Believe In Magic, Huh ?
Many people ask me - “Doesn’t the government clear the way when a tree falls and blocks the passage?”
Today some newbie bikers think the trails always existed for biking. And most hikers think the trails are hiking trails, give way. Some claim to have hike Bukit Kiara for 20 or 30 years, but then it would have been on the rubber plantation roads and terraces made by bulldozer decades ago.
Those old wide roads have all but faded away and the new network of purpose build trails is what we call Bukit Kiara today. How do you know these are hand made bike trails? Aren’t all those nice slipper root and rocks and ravines provided by Nature?
Well, you’ll notice the biking features of low grade, the rolling crown switchbacks, the grade inversions to shed water, the water bars and drains and lack of stairs and vertical lips, the cobblestone sections to prevent a erosion chutes, the ramps & crib work to hold earth, the silt traps, the berms and rollers and speed limiters.
Oh and the 15 sturdy bridges totaling RM1,000s worth of materials and more in our labour, not that of some faceless Ministry.
The huge percentage of all this comes from the Penghulu’s own hands! The rest come from the donations of hundreds of bikers, via volunteering at TRAKS traildays, coming out to help individual trail builders like Pat & I and Tony.
Group efforts by us bikers to rebuild entire trails decimated by DBKL horsing around for the king, blocked by the JLN’s iron curtain or single-use or permanent roads called ‘development’, or just make it totally environmentally sustainable for the sake of the 3 watersheds under Bukit Kiara and thousand and thousand of wheels and feet that will pound on it for years to come. And also the real hard cash donated bike many bikers via T&T fund for our worn down tools and trails and bridges.
So next time you think of walking up the hill to view the cement we call the rest of KL, going for a relaxing hike, do a bit of trail running to train for triathlon, or birding and fern watching, thank a biker.
It the 2nd best loved asset in Bukit Kiara, after the forest itself.
Directions To KLMBH #212 - 27 May 2012 - Hulu Tamu To Hulu Renning Express (Edit 21/5/2012)
Venue: Hulu Tamu, Batang Kali Date: Sunday, 27 May 2012 Important times: As usual, briefing will be at 9.15am, bash start at 9.30am.
Hares: Huang Ying How, Mike Kwan, Riza, Reme, Ajis, Wan
Edit 21/5/2012 - distance has been revised Description:-
#For the impatient:- Long ride - Challenging! It will have all the elements of a hash. Nirvana for hash purists. Scenic/short ride - 12km consisting of a mixture of hilly terrain along orchards and undulating kampung roads.
#Now the long winded version:- We have to make a confession, this is our favorite playground. You can see this by the fact that KLMBH have set numerous bashes in the area, a few of them of Epic status. Those who have ridden here will remember fondly the long singletracks and lovely streams hidden between serene villages and orchards dotting the area of Hulu Tamu and Hulu Rening. For this bash we’ve string them together to give you a tour of the area using a network of trails that even the locals might not have known existed. We present to you the “Hulu Tamu to Hulu Renning Express” via the scenic route, KLMBH style.
[EDIT: SOLD] FOR SALE: 2012 Scott Scale 29er PRO Carbon - RM6,000
We don’t do this, never ever never, there are good websites outside to buy and sell bicycles stuff… but this one is real cheap and it belongs to the BashPiss. This gives two good reasons to share it first with you Folks, before going public ! So read on:
Price: RM6.000 only - consider it a bargain as RRP is RM9.800
[This post is dedicated to the BashPiss, he knows why…]
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Want a new bike without the price tag?
Want to be able to ride Bukit Kiara and a Bash with the same bike, but don’t like the 29er wagon wheels…? Fit a pair of wheels and tires in 650b !
We covered the topic already in Curious About 650b, Read This; now to check whether your bike frame can accept, just take a ruler in one hand and the spreadsheet above in the other hand and see if it works for you.
It works for mine, I no longer feel like riding a 20”:
You may or may not be aware that I have left Malaysia for a while. (And depending on how long you’ve been involved with the MTB scene, you may or may not even know who I am, or care). Regardless, I would like to take a moment to thank those of you who have made the last 9 years a very special time in my life, and to leave all of you with some parting thoughts.
There is a danger to naming names because if I inadvertently miss any of you you may get the idea that you didn’t make a difference to me, and that is just not so. So if you ever set a Bash, put in a year as a KLMBH or TRAKS committee member, adopted a trail (and actually did some work on it) or joined a TRAKS trail day you made a difference to me, though I may not mention your name here. And if you were one of the following people you were something more, way beyond ordinary, and you have a special place in my heart because of it. Joe Adnan, Huang Ying How, Nick Ong, Stan Ng, Yong Foo Chuen, Melody Tan, Adele Chia, Steve Flintstone, Tan Boon Foo, Phil Bee, Derald Cook, Mike Tighe, Simon Jeffrey, Scott Roberts, Olivier Falcoz, any body with the last name of Stapleton or Moir. If I asked for help, all you asked was when and where. If I asked for blood, you only asked how much. It’s people like you that are the heart of a community because you understand that you have to put in to get something back.
Because of all the things I learned in the last 9 years, there is one that is worth the most. You have to put in a little for something to survive, let alone grow. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but if you only take and never give then you will suck a thing dry and it will wither and die. But if you put in a little, and can convince a few others to put in a little as well, that thing can thrive. (And by the way, the putting in doesn’t have to be a hardship. It can be as much fun as the taking, just ask anyone who’s taken part in a trail day)
I tell people that the things I did for Kiara or the KLMBH or TRAKS were totally selfish, but maybe not in the way you think. You see, what I’ve come to realize is that if you enjoy taking part in something it is absolutely necessary to put something back in order to sustain it. If you leave it for other people to do it for you, and everyone else has the same notion, then you run the risk of seeing something you love disappearing for lack of support. Perhaps it was easier for me to see, because there was a time when only a handful of people rode Kiara and I could see the trails growing over or eroding in front of my eyes, and the Bash was lucky to have 30 or 40 riders and scrambled every month to find hares. I could see that if I didn’t step up and do something then something I liked to do might cease to exist. But because I and people like me (people like the ones on the list above) put a little effort in that didn’t happen.
So now hundreds of riders ride Kiara every week and it’s common to have 200 or more riders out to a Bash. So you might think that it’s a done deal, good to go, no need to do anything except participate, just jump on the machine and go for a free ride.
Wrong. It still (and always) takes the constant input of people to keep something rolling, and there is never enough of those key people. If those key people stop supplying the input then the machine grinds to a halt, the wheels fall off, the ride is over. Hard to get it rolling again. So supplying some of that input is selfish in the sense that it is in your own best interest to keep it rolling. If not you, who? If not now, when? And here’s the really cool part: you do it for yourself, but everyone gets the benefit. How can you beat that?
So what can you do? Here’s a few ways. With my departure the future of some of the things I helped put in place is in question. TRAKS, the TnT fund and the Adopt-a-Trail program are all things that I started or helped start in order to help share the load of taking care of Kiara, whether it was trail maintenance, funding for tools and bridges, or a voice to speak to the people in power. TRAKS in particular is in serious need of some new blood so keep your radar up for news of upcoming meetings as I know those left of the committee would really like to elect a new committee. This is an important time as there are lots of changes coming to Kiara as the National Landscape Department implements some of their plans for the place. So far we’ve had a good relationship with them and they do listen to us (though that is no guarantee that they will always do as we ask). But far better to have a seat at the table negotiating and advising than standing outside screaming to be heard.
If a request for donations for things like tools or bridge construction goes out, don’t be shy. A standard 5’ bridge section like the ones I built for most of the Kiara river crossings costs about RM 400. If an individual (like Flintstone for instance) has the moxie to build a bridge and drag it in to place it isn’t asking a lot for others to help pay for it rather than having him dig into his own pocket. Spread amongst several hundred riders RM 400 is nothing, less than a single breakfast. Put a little in, OK?
If you see a call for a trail day, don’t be afraid to join in. It’s fun, it’s good for you, it’s good for Kiara. And it sends a message that there is a body of people who care about the place. Because actions speak much louder than words.
So. Enough already. Do me a favour and at least think about these things. It’s not for me, it’s for you.
Pat Brundson singlehandedly carved Bukit Kiara’s singletracks, and it’s become a much-loved mountain biking hotspot in Kuala Lumpur. Joe Adnan directs newbies to and around Kiara (leave that GPS at home).
Here’s an update on the developing situation of the Great Wall of Kiara and the Landscape Departments efforts. There have been a lot of rumors circulating because of a lack of information available to the public, so hopefully this can help out.
By ringing in Hutan Kiara with the Great Wall of Kiara, the intent was three-fold; to preserve Kiara as a green lung, to prevent developers from further encroaching on the land, and to prevent the rubber tappers from coming into the area. Overall this is a good thing, but there are consequences to it which everyone needs to be aware of. Some of these consequences appear bad, and others could be. But we still have time to work with all parties to move towards some compromise.
On Saturday, 5 May, Huang Ying How, Julian, Scott Roberts, Paul Lee, Raymond Ng and Michelle Looi met with the Landscape Department to discuss the status of the fence being erected around Bukit Kiara.
The fence will encompass all of Kiara within the next six months, and all aspects of this will also be completed. This includes access roads, gates in the fence and also further landscaping/ planting of indigenous trees.T
There will be five gate access points:
Somewhere near Plan A
On the original Pure Quill (now a double track road) about 25-meters after the intersection of TNT, Dirty Deeds and Pure Quill
At the back of the Bukit Kiara Equestrian Centre
The main park entrance coming up from car park
We have been trying to get another one at Janie’s/ Around the Mountain. The Director of the Landscape Department has denied us this, but his staff are going to try one more time. That’s really nice of them.
The area we know as Plan C, from the road behind the Equestrian Centre to Jalan Bukit Kiara, is being reviewed for possible share swap by an owner of private land that is currently within the boundaries of Hutan Kiara. If this is agreed upon, the fence will skirt the boarder of the road and the block of the northern side of Plan A. We will still (initially) be able to access Plan C from behind the school in Hartamas, but we will not be able to exit out of it. Instead, we will have to go in and out from the same location, then go to Plan A to access Wasteland, etc.
A guardhouse will be built at the entrance to Plan A and it will be manned 24/7. This will be in addition to the guardhouse by the car park.
The gates will be opened in the morning and then locked in the evenings. The exact timing has yet to be determined, but therein lays the reason behind not having a gate so far away from a paved access point. The guards can’t get to it easily.
Action: we need to determine a way to be allowed to go into Kiara at night for night riding. The guards may allow us to go in, but we need to confirm this.
The idea of a permanent gap in the fence has been deemed inappropriate due to the need to keep out the illegal rubber tappers.
For those of you who wondered why the fence abutting the Equestrian Center now follows the road, a little bit of clarity. BKEC is owned by Berjaya (read: Vincent Tan), and they have a 70-year lease on this land. When DBKL went to take back the designated Green Lung on his land (all those lovely little tracks between the road and Plan A) with the intent of rolling it into Hutan Kiara, Berjaya sued DBKL. And they won! Go figure! Berjaya’s ultimate desire is to build a condominium/ resort in that valley, but the approval process first starts with … DBKL. And they refuse to allow this. If, for some reason, DBKL allows it, then it has to go for a public hearing since the land is gazetted as a Green Lung.
Now what could be terrible news if the map which we were shown is current. The Twin Peak Trail as a “Proposed New Road (Premix)” designation. This must be prevented. That is the core trail/ artery into Kiara and makes Kiara part of what it is today. The only paved road (or manmade infrastructure) that is there and exists should stay that way. e.g. the running/ walking road that is part of 4-Way.
Action: We need to validate (quickly) if this is the intent, and if it is, to prevent it from occurring.
Update as of 8 May: Ying How has already contacted the Landscape Department to express concern. Stay tuned to their feedback.
The same thing applies to Janie’s to Around-The-Mountain and out to the water tank behind TTDI. The map shows a “Proposed New Road (Premix)” designation.
Action: Same as the above.
The Office will also be giving way to a 200-place car park. This has been in the plans for quite some time, and can’t be prevented. The land was already slated for development a few years ago and lays outside of the park.
If we can’t get another fence installed at Janie’s/ Around-the-Mountain, we will have to build a new trail to access Kampung.
Action: wait for six months for the dust to settle!
Yikes. Also on the map is a “proposed new jogging track (premix)” … this is following Carnival. This needs to also be prevented.
As with everything all around the world, not just Malaysia, we have to work “with” people to slowly effect change. Screaming, being rude, throwing other types of tantrums, etc. will not get the results we want. Petitions, reasoning, smiles and working with Jabatan Landscape “will” result in a compromise that suits everyone.
It may not be the best solution as seen in other countries around the world, but for Malaysia it will be a darn sight better than if there had never been a fence. Kiara will be preserved. Just how it ends up is up to us.
Nino Schurter wins inaugural XC World Cup 2012 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on a 650b Scott:
It is much much smoother, not that hectic. It is rolling much smoother but still in cornering it is feeling like a 26″. With the 29er sometimes you need more power to put the bike in the corner, with the 650B it is like cornering with a 26″. When you go straight or over rocks its rolling much smoother you feel quite a big difference compared with a 26″. It is not a big difference with the wheel size but it is quite a bit different for riding and I think for me it is the perfect wheel size. I’m quite sure in the coming years it will be one of the wheel sizes everyone uses.
KLMBH #211 Long Ride, May 6th 2012 @Sungai Buaya - by Scott Roberts
KLMBH #211 Short Ride Log, May 6th 2012 @Sungai Buaya - by Scott Roberts
From Scott Roberts:
You should have seen Rob Spinks climbing each hill as it the terrain was flat! The bugger was only slow on technical sections and downhills, which is where I caught up to him. Then he gave into my sad looks and hung with me to the end!!! Great ride for a group of new Hares, and the paper/ signage was fantastic. Are you sure they were from France?! Maybe they’ve lived overseas too long :-)!
Firstly, like most other sites, you need an account. You might have received an invite to join www.klmbh.org as a member / contributor. Click here, and do that. It’s very easy. They want your email address, a password (make it different to your other passwords, don’t be dumb).
Once you’ve signed up, you’re ready to rock with the content.
Tumblr adds a few dummy posts to your screen so you can see how it’s going to look, then suggests you add a photo of yourself. How about we do that?
Click the Photo icon to start.
You can either upload a local image file, or point to one you have stored on the web. Add some sort of a caption, and click the Create post button. We can look at the other options a little later.
Tumblr suggests you follow some people next, but I’ll leave that one to you. Click the blue X in the top right of the message, and take control back.
A couple of points. From left to right on the top menu, you can see:
What you can see now is the Dashboard view, and not what your tumblog actually looks like or not what klmbh.org looks like.
By default, you’ll be following “Tumblr Staff” for illustration purpose. Should you want to unfollow it, just click on “Following 1 blog" on the right and Unfollow.
The dashboard lets you explore Tumblr by hashtags - MTB, cycling, biking, food, Nasi Lemak, whatever - follow blogs and content published by others. So long as you are logged in, http://www.tumblr.com will always return you to the Dashboard view. And that’s good, because all the work is done here.
Untitled or whatever name you give it
Untitled is your personal Tumblog; it lets you publish your own content should you want to. You acn pick a theme, choose colors, pick a font, upload a header and a profile picture and write a little “about me” section. I leave it to you.
Here we go, this is where you want to go. Click the actual URL - KLMBH on the upper right corner and you’ll see the content previously published by the Bashweb and the other contributors.
From here, you can like posts already published by others or reblog them. Please do not reblog posts or they would appear twice on the website, which does not make much sense. Feel free to like them to show your appreciation though.
You see from here as well who has liked and reposted, who has joined the blog. Always good to know.
How to add a post
Let’s quickly add a few more posts, and then I’ll tell you about reblogging and tumblarity, I promise.
To make a post, just click the icon of the media type you’d like to post. From there, it’s pretty simple — upload the picture (or video or audio) and fill out all of the fields. Be sure to tag the post with relevant terms, since searching through tags is a great way for people to discover your content. You can publish the post now or schedule it for later.
Make sure you select Post To: KLMBH on the upper right corner and add the following taggs:
Bash number - important, just the number
Directions or Reports
KLMBH - always
Tumblr directly supports all of the media types you can see listed at the top of the Dashboard. They all work in similar ways.
Text ““ Add a title, and then some formatted text. You can add links and images from the web if you wish.
Photo ““ You’ve already seen this. Title, photo from your PC or the web, rich-text caption, and a link if you like.
Quote ““ Text of the quote, and the source if you have it. Each theme has a predefined font, colour, size and layout for quotes.
Link ““ Title, the URL for the link, and optionally a rich-text description.
Chat ““ Not an interactive chat, but a way to record a discussion in such a way as it’s easy to read. Just use alternate lines, and your theme will format it for you.
Audio ““ I haven’t used this. I’m not sure about the legality of uploading audio to the site.
Video ““ Ditto, but it works just like you’d expect.
Your post will be sent to Twitter and Facebook for easier distribution, as well as published on klmbh.org. Nice, huh?
It’s very easy, and very common in tumblogs to steal content. That is, to post to your tumblog something you’ve seen on another one. It’s all quite legitimate, and in the rules for tumblr. Reblogging is easy. Make sure you’re logged into tumblr, and then click on a post you like. In the top corner of your page are some buttons.
You can “˜heart’ a post to say that you like it. The owner gets a notification of that in their Dashboard.
You can choose to follow the blog, which means that from now on the posts to this blog will show up in your Dashboard. Not in your blog, just your Dashboard, so you can see them.
The Dashboard link just takes you back to your own Dashboard from wherever you are.
The Reblog button opens the item so that you can post it on your own blog, and it’s very similar to the screen you would have if you were posting it in the first place.
You can go ahead and repost the item from here, changing the caption/description if you wish. Politeness suggests that you leave the trail of links, so that other folk can find their way back to the source.
In some cases you can also change the type of post. For instance, you can repost an image as a link.
Editing your post
Forgot something, made a huge typo or just want to add pictures on a post already published? Simple, get back to the Dashboard and you can edit or even delete your post from here.
Good job on the new site! Been freshened considerably. I like the approach to consolidate everything including all the content from our last few “homes”. Have to get used to the new navigation but definitely a step in the right direction.
Looking forward to the central repository of track logs instead of having to search within Reports.
Directions To KLMBH #211, May 6th 2012 @ Sungai Buaya
Yes, we finally got them ! Before scrolling down to the directions, some news:
Your preferred website has been revamped
Yep, after struggling with the former webhost to get the URL back, it’s now live and kicking at the same URL www.klmbh.org. I hear already the old timer saying “what, we loved our website, why did you do this to ussss”? Simple.
The forum and the website have been merged. Easier to maintain - this is for us, and content is easier to find - this is for you.
You can comment or share any post by using your Facebook ID, or Google+, or Twitter or Yahoo or even Disqus, no need to register again. So you won’t ask us for your forgotten password…
You can search the site content by hashtag (this weird #something you see all over the web). Just scroll down to the Tag Cloud on the right and pick one (hares/cycling/mtb/whatever is listed) or click a Bash number and every post related to this Tag will be listed, including pictures.
Bash track logs will be soon available. should you want to redo a loop with a bunch of friends on a sunny afternoon. We are currently collecting all logs available, so feel free to send me yours and it will be added to the list.
We are currently digging the Bash archives that Riza and Fakawi Chief have been patiently keeping to put them back online. We are currently at Bash #182 and there’s lot more work to do…
An logon has been sent to the 2012 Hares and not to every member; no discrimination here, just and easy way for the Hares and the most active content publishers to post directly on the website. Let me know if you haven’t received it.
Good trails, various scenic views, good diversity of environments, this is also the place of an active mtb club, SBCC. You will ride in palm trees plantation, rubber trees, grass, river (the sungai “buaya“, ha, ha,ha!…), rocks, mud, road, double track, single track, no track.
This bash objective is to offer a trail to every level (… expert riders, rocket climbers, professional descenders, … you will probably recognize yourself in one of the categories we are aiming at !).
The Short Loop is 13km long, flatish through palm trees plantation, forests and open spaces. It is quite scenic and can be suitable for any kind of riders: confirmed, first timers or even trained kids (10+ yrs old) with their parents.
The Long Loop is about 32km long. The ride will alternate with fast flowing sections and, let’s say, slower ones. Actually, you may meet some slopes on the way (one is 115m high…), obviously some downhills too. It is quite long with some significant elevation so may be very challenging if you are not well prepared.
Long or short ride, absolutely mind to bring a lot of water as you need to be self sufficient, sun block as there will be several exposed parts, a first aid medical kit, spare tube, tools, your favorite snack, your bike.
Mind to slow down in the downhill sections and keep a safe clearance with the rider in front of you.
Sungai Buaya is located North of Kuala Lumpur.
There are two ways to get there: the highway or the road. We advise you to take the highway on the way back as it can be busy when you drive across Rawang on Sundays by mid-day.
Follow Jalan Ipoh in direction of Ipoh.
Go across Rawang, stay on Road 1 still in direction of Ipoh and after a few kilometers after Rawang, take left on B56 in direction of Sungai Buaya.
On the next crossroads, keep left to stay on B56.
Follow the B56.
Go under the bridge of the Highway E1. You will enter a small forest.
Once you leave the forest, you will be in Sungai Buaya.
You are still on the B56.
Don’t take the first street on your left but rather turn left at the second crossroad (four main streets N-S and E-W).
Drive 700m and park on the left hand side.
Follow the E1 in direction of Ipoh.
37km after the toll of Mont Kiara, take the exit to Bukit Beruntung.
After the exit toll, take right on B112.
After 7km, turn right on B56.
Follow the B56.
Go under the bridge of the Highway E1.
You will enter a small forest. Once you leave the forest, you will be in Sungai Buaya.
You are still on the B56.
Don’t take the first street on your left but rather turn left at the second crossroad (four main streets N-S and E-W).