It is 4 am, posting this out as I am waiting for Lawrence and am way too excited about this morning Ride, drove 400km up-north just to ride this morning after Cold Storage triathlon, I am about to rekindle my love for hill climb, well on bike that is, I am re-visiting Genting Sempah (pronounces as Same-Pa) after a long time with Lawrence,want to train with him for his upcoming Powerman In end October, (am not participating due to my injury) and today is also the day where the long awaited SCKLM which stands for Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon which was postponed due to the haze, there will be thousands of runners pounding the streets of Kuala Lumpur, wishing everyone Good luck running today, I am sure there will be many PR/PB broken as there was extra training time due
(pic courtesy of: Cycling Malaysia)
If you are wondering whats Genting Sempah it is a transit town and also a mountain pass on the border of Pahang and Selangor in Malaysia. Genting Sempah is mostly known as a transit point to Genting Highland. Altitude reaches 5708 feet where its one of the Tour De Langkawi stages, but that’s Genting Highland, I am only doing Sempah which I think has only half of the elevation and last I check stands at only 2000ft, the last time I rode this place was back in early 2000 and its nearly 10 years now after seeing it again. Where I am now has no hill nor mountain,
Every time when I am back I will try to do a hill climb as I really miss aching muscles climbing up hills, I must have so sadistic love for pain. The last time I was back I did Gunung Dato (read it here) with my mountaineering buddy Kah Wane who aspire to climb Everest Soon, I think he is moving to Nepal this coming Year. Well good luck to him.
I know this elevation is pale in comparison to the ones in France or Boulders Colorado but hey beggars cant be choosy, Do you have a favorite Mountain that you bike up or climb up? I would like to know as I would love to add it to my list of things to visit and do, who knows we might be clinking our beer bottles at the summit. Yeah it may not be the Tour or UTMB but hey its sure is a GOOD ADVENTURE
Will I get to the peak after such a long time since I hit the Mountain pass, Will I suffer? or will Lawrence blow me on his attack ? Read on Pt 2 for more pics and video before and after our ride. Thanks for reading guys.
Similar read on Genting Sempah
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update: Just saw this posting and a little thing to celebrate for the LeTua ProCycling team,
“The 19-year old part-time musician involved in the hit-and-run incident that killed Arwah Fizi has been sentenced to 6 years in jail and fined RM10,000 this morning. This is a landmark case, the first time the culprit in a hit-and-run incident in which a cyclist is the victim has received almost the maximum penalty. Our friend is gone, but at least some justice has been served”
It’s a Gorgeous Friday everyone, and if you were wondering what was that icon posted last week, it’s no road sign but a logo of a company that has “YOU” in mind, yes, you the one reading this, and this company is called RoadID.
Before I go any further let me tell you what RoadID is all about, This Company was founded by a father-and-son team and they are none other than Edward and Mike Wimmer. They have been providing safety gear to help keep you safer since 1999, and I am glad they did so. This so called bracelets are like guardian angels, no kidding. With all the unfortunate recent death of Marathoners like Claire Squires in the recent London Marathon , Jeffrey Lee for the Philadelphia Half Marathon , or even Firefighter William Caviness in the Chicago Marathon.
Those people I have mention are not old or unhealthy, they are young and even triathletes at their peak of their health, just saying that we are not bullet proof even if we are at our pink of health. I am trying to say that those death are at a high profile event, given the scenario that we are training alone running 5 am in the morning (which is a fav of mine) and I fall flat to the ground. I would have this ID tag on me telling anyone that finds me all my vital info.
I have been using RoadID since a couple of years back and it has not faded on me nor smelled on me. Why do I talk about RoadID? Cause I truly believe in a product that is for safety and has athletes in mind, but come to think of it, RoadID are not only for athletes but can also be used for everyone including your family members, This little nifty product is a bracelet that carries all the vital information for anyone in an emergency situation, and not only they have bracelet form they now come in 6 different types of design for you to choose from depending where you want to place your ID from wrist, necklace, ankle to even your shoe.
I have the wrist ID Sport on me and it goes where ever I go, I don’t only use it for sport but I use it as a fashion bracelet as well, who knows I might just drop dead when there is a pretty girl that come asking for my number. LOL See it still looks new to me.
Anyway since it’s a FRIDAY , I am gonna be doing a “GIVE AWAY FRIDAY “ I will be giving away Gift certificate worth $15 each to 2 lucky readers courtesy of RoadID. All you need to do tell me how many types of RoadID design are there. Leave your answer at the comment box below and like the post. Remember Stay SAFE !
The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and the results will be posted on this blog. Winner will be announced by Monday, May 6, 2012 at Noon. A winner has one week from the announcement of the winner to claim the prize or else a new winner will be chosen (May 13 at 12:00 p.m.). All prizes will be awarded. Thus, if the winner does not come forward, a new winner will be chosen. The writer of this blog will not be held liable for any typographical errors or technical failures.
This Giveaway is now closed. Chosen winners please do contact me as soon as possible.
Heard from a friend that another cyclist perished along the deathly roads of MRR2, I manage to find the article and this was the excerpt of it
A cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident near Shell petrol station on the MRR2 in Hulu Kelang this morning.
The victim, 37-year-old Rafizi Hamdan died on the spot.This was the second fatal accident involving a cyclist
If you notice that I highlighted the word second, its cause the other person killed was a friend of mine P.K. Yeoh, we use to do rides together with his whole family, I’ve seen his son and wife with him usually at the LBS that we use to frequent. its really a sad thing This was taken from Mac’s website if you would like to read, it a tribute to him Memories of PK Yeoh ,
I just notice that its been nearly a year already since his death ! Time really do flies..
This was taken from the Highway code book for drivers.
The New Highway Code Book 2, Advanced Theory of Driving, (Published in consultation with Traffic management, Land Transport Authority)
Cyclist ride on all types of roads excepts expressways. Bicycles are used for both transportation and recreation by people of all ages and sizes; you should expect to find them almost anywhere. Because they rode close to traffic, cyclists are vulnerable to injury in a collision. As a driver, it is your special responsibility to pay attention to them and to provide for their safety.
1. When sharing the road with cyclists, expect sudden moves on their part at all times. A patch of oil, a pothole, an opening door of a parked car and other hazards can force a cyclist to swerve suddenly into your path.
2. When approaching or passing a cyclist, give him/her ample space and be extra alert. Be prepared to slow down or stop. When a cyclist glances back, it is an indication that he/she may change direction anytime.
3. Look out for cyclists riding against the flow of traffic especially at residential areas.
4. Give even more room to cyclists when they are carrying a heavy weight or a pillion. This makes them unsteady and wobbly and they may ride into your path or even hit the side of your vehicle.
5. Just before turning:
i: Check your mirrors and blind spots.
ii. Watch out for cyclists between your vehicle and the kerb.
iii. Don’t make a sudden sharp turn, you may knock down a cyclist.
6. When overtaking, keep a safe gap between your vehicle and the cyclist. Don’t cut in sharply after overtaking the cyclist. This could result in your vehicle “side brushing” or hitting the cyclist.
7. After parking, look out for cyclists coming up from behind before opening your vehicle door.
I do hope there would be more safe cycling clinic conducted to raise the awareness of safe cycling in parts of the World.
Here are some good tips from the past safe cycling clinic rolled out in East Coast
1. Bicycle is considered a vehicle, you drive a bicycle.
2. Observe all traffic rules like any other road users on the roads.
3. Be competent and confident before hitting the road.
4. Know all traffic rules and road signs. Get a Basic Theory Book.
5. Know your skills, your ability, your health. Do not over estimate yourself.
6. Know your bike, it’s performance, it’s ability, it’s wear and tear.
7. Know your equipments, clothing, helmet, gloves, etc. their functions, performances, their life span, when to replace.
8. Know your route. Plan your route before you ride, know it’s traffic conditions.
9. Know your right of way but NEVER INSIST on it.
10. Be courteous and patience with other road users, share the roads.
The most important take home message is:
TREAT OTHERS LIKE HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED RESPECT OTHERS TO GAIN RESPECTS
Just posting some picture I found in my multiply site, lost all the friendster pictures which had all my race pics.. so salvaging whatever I can ..
This are from the Batu Arang 120km with the gang.. those have done weekend ride would know those familiar faces.
Ryna and Dennis
Ashraff on the right enjoying some coffee at the rest stop
This was taken back about 8 years ago with my O2 PDA phone.. so forgive me for the lousy resolution,Looking back at this pictures really reminded me of good time.