Hares: Robert Spinks, Paul Fejer, Andrew Murray, Stanley Ng & Daniel
A lifestyle filled with late nights, working overtime and too many meetings resulted in this late write up. Sorry guys!
A couple of days before the Bash….” Long okay, aar sweetie. Rob Spinks says only 20kays, no big hills and lots of single track. Setia Alam, easy easy one”. “Sure, sweetie, you know best. Let’s do it”
Yes. Sure….now after the ride, let’s look back and reflect:
Looks easy enough and the description from Rob, spot on. However, having now completed the Long, I would say it was easy for the fit and incredibly tough for the less fit. This clearly reflected by a few riders riding in after 2pm and a few, crawling back after 3pm. The super fit Frbs were back by 12:15pm. Still, on the average hash, the Frbs would have signed out around the 11:30am mark, so this hash was as not as difficult as the Bentong Epic but surely must rank as one of the more difficult ones this year. I wonder if the hash I had set at Ulu Tamu in May was as tough. Your thoughts?
I enjoyed the undulating road ride at the start as it was the perfect warm up leading to the first single track. The single track action leading to Taman Pertanian was really fun. And riding through Taman Pertanian was interesting as we had not visited the place since the early 90s. It has changed and the Skytrex Adventure Park looks really interesting. Note to self to come back and give the ropes a go.
The road climb to the observation tower was challenging. Riders left and right were pushing near the top. A few of the ladies gave it a real go. A few rode in a winding fashion.It was a good work out under the shade of mature trees. It is a really nice section. I also saw Albert Chua clear the first steep section. Not bad, the guy has really improved. Ai Ling did really well and nearly topped it but ran out of gas just before the lip. Good try sweetie! We took a break at the top and discovered that Eric Teo had left his helmet there. Lucky for him, his good mate Mr Low, picked it up and went after him.
The single track action from here was punctuated with fallen trees. The hares had put in a tonne of effort to clear the trail but I imagine this would have been a classic downhill single track if it had been clear all the way down. We exited to a cluster of expensive box-like bungalows at the bottom and cycled out to Jalan Batu Arang. On the way out, thirsty riders flocked at the stall to hide from the sun, drink cold drinks and to refill. It was a hot day and so, having the stall there was heaven sent.
We rode along Jalan Batu Arang for about a kilometre before turning left to climb an eroded trail. Aha! I had ridden it with Mike Kwan and Lee Nya last year when cycling from Elmina towards the trails in the Empangan Subang area. Familiar territory, at last! And that’s when I went off trail. Life’s like that. You make an error when you relax and feel comfortable. At a junction, we turned left and followed shredded paper which turned out to be the reverse scenic ride. Well, we were not the only ones but I would have preferred to have taken the easier way out.
We got back at 1:30pm. It was hot but the wife and I had fun. We had lunch with Tan Seng Kiat, his son, Mike ‘sifu’ Kwan and LeeNya at the Chinese restaurant in the club house. The food was so so but the cool air conditioning was required manna after a hot hot ride.
Many thanks to the hares for putting up a good ride and especially, Rob Spinks for patiently sweeping the last few riders who only came back around 3:30pm. It is a good area for a hash, what with the diversity of trails and angry park rangers giving us the evil eye. Oh what! You didn’t know? Well, that’s a story for another time.
See at the next hash, folks.