Date: Sunday 29th July, 2012,
Hares: Stan, Paul, Andrew , Robert, Daniel
Time: Briefing 9:15am, ride off 9:30am
Venue: Setia EcoPark Corporate Tower, public car park. GPS: N3 06 29.8 E101 28 38.8
Find your way onto the New Klang Valley Expressway – NKVE (E1); head west toward Klang. Stay on the freeway and exit at Exit 102 - Setia Alam. (To get to Setia Alam, go past the turn off to KLIA, and then on past the exit to Bukit Jelutong, the Setia Alam exit is the exit after Bukit Jelutong)
The Setia Alam exit road leads to a toll plaza, you are now on Persiaran Setia Alam. Follow the road around the bend past the School on the right, and take the exit ramp to the left, up to the junction on the bridge above the road. Make a U-turn across the bridge and head back down on to the road heading back toward the toll plaza.
Take the first left exit to Setia EcoPark. Go straight through the first 2 roundabouts. At the 3rd roundabout turn right (2nd exit). You have arrived at Setia EcoPark Corporate Tower and Canopy Club.Turn left into the on-grade car park and find a parking space.
Description from the Hares
This bash is in an area that is undergoing major development. You will get plenty of opportunity to marvel at the productivity of Malaysian residential property developers as you do this ride. Although the bulldozers are leveling the land in all directions, this bash is not flat….consider yourself warned.
This area has some active mountain biker residents and you will get to enjoy the fruits of their labour. The trails are flowing and fun and are quite technical in places. The trails are generally dry and rocky, a bit like the trails I remember from Australia. However there is also a bit of road and something for the full-face helmeted types.
It’s Ramadan so it will not be a long one. About 20km for the long and the short will be short.
There are open sections, so pack the suncream, plenty to drink and get your brakes checked. (I mean it).
The Scenic Ride
The Scenic Loop is approximately 10km long and will be through jungle and a bit of palm plantation. It will pass through a zone that the ghost trucks occasionally pass through so just be a bit sensible.
The Long Ride
The Long Loop is a Ramadan appropriate 20ish km with plenty of nice single track and a killer non-technical climb with a good reward for those willing to pause and enjoy the view. Keep something in the tank for after the big climb, there is some great single track still to come.
Do’s and Don’ts
There is varied riding on this bash, a bit of road, rocks, sand, leaves and foot paths. It is possible that you will meet other users of the trial you are riding on. To ensure the good grace of the KLMBH, always be courteous to other walkers or riders. Particularly do not race if there are people and kids nearby. There is plenty of opportunity to take some risks on this ride without risking running into an innocent bystander.
There are some tough hills, so take your time. More importantly, stay within your capability on the downhills. The downhill sections are quite tricky, long, includes some must walk obstacles and the penalty for failure could be quite high. So if in doubt..go slow or walk.
Having said that, the trails are really good proper mountain biking trails, enjoy.
Here’s a few photos of what to expect, some pristine forest, no doubt secondary, but still beautiful nonetheless… These photos don’t do it enough justice, come see for yourselves!