Thursday, September 06, 2007

I have become Comfortably Numb

That's the feeling that I get after going with the PCC boys and girls in our Biking Holiday from Ipoh, Taiping, Kulim, Bukit Mertajam, Penang Bridge, Balik Pulau and Telok Bahang. The Pink Floyd song kept ringing in my ear as I struggle to finish the last leg while looking for the hotel.

But what can I say about the Interstate2007, its sheer fabulous.

Day 1 Route - Route was excellent, 150km the first day, with just a minor climb at Bukit Berapit. But pace was fast - averaging 30km/hr. Forgot about the small hill climb before Kuala Kangsar though. Had to do three refuel stop, one at kilometer 60, 80 and another at kilometer 110 (ie before the climb). Company was good, notably May Senn and Joanne kept company until Air Kuning and subsequently into Taiping Golf Resort. Arrived at Taiping just about 1 pm.

Day 2 Route - Lead the group out of Taiping Golf Resort, panicked a little for about 20km or so as there was almost 100 eager cyclist dong an average 40km/hr and blocking the whole one and half lane of the road causing jam. Everyone was anticipating the hill climb at 39 km mark, many underestimated the climb and had to push. Went up and down and was breezing with the KOTRT guys at 40km/hr speed upto the 52km mark. Speed went down to average 30km/hr from Selama to the Mahang junction. Nearly bonked due to the heat that day and body overheating. Had it not been due to May Senns' ingenuity of drenching me with a bottle of cold mineral water, I might have to sleep it of somewhere near there. In true friendship and support, she kept company and help me get back to BM (the last 30km). Still managed to reach the Summit Hotel at about 1 pm.

Day 3 Route - The inaugural ride crossing the Penang Bridge was exciting to say the least. Was assisting with the Marshaling of riders upto Queensbay Mall. (Note to self - Don't ever wear pink jersey anymore). The weather was we cross the bridge was not as bright, showered a little as we came to Queensbay Mall. Had a good refreshment at QBM and later pushed up to Balik Pulau at breakneck speed. It rained heavily and visibility was not that good, but still manage to be one of the few to reached there early. Food was not ready and had to linger around for about 1 hour.

Finished daging bakar and air asam and quickly rushed out to start the journey back to the hotel. Not familiar with the route, reserved some energy during the 200m climb. Upon coming down, the descent was exciting and managed to rota tingly drafted and provided drafting between Ariff, Jasmine and me. We reached the hotel at about 1 pm and had boisterous time taking photos. Appeared in Star newspaper the following day though.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

OHHHHHHHH, that BUTT & the familiar bike......kekeekekkeke :p

The Editor said...

ehh..how come u familiar with my BUTT. Please..please don't tell me u are a guy!!!

bola2api said...

WOW BEST NYA!!!!

The Editor said...

Bola2api:Yeah, it is the best get together on bike ever. Just mucking around and sharing bike stories was good. Met up new frens and just vegeing out near coffee shop is also good. U shud have been there....;-)

Dancing Ciken said...

PENANG BEST!

The Editor said...

Macam tak cukup masa dok kat Penang ;-(

Chief Kutu said...

Brudder Mac,
U did a great job & as usual u are humble & dont want to take the credit ...remember u are always there when we need u...
The amount of work that has gone into organising the whole Ride really shows up in the happy faces of ALL riders...good accomodation, good food & most important good fellowship among cyclist.
U did a blady good job my man!

TT said...

well done...

The Editor said...

chief Kutu: I am only the MC and the face for the day. There are many others who have put in a lot of effort behind the scene. Let us not forget that the participant played a key role in making this event successful. Thanks