Sunday, April 6, 2008

Longest Sunday Road Ride – Ride to Coal Stone/ Batu Arang

Huh....where am I ? I guess I overslept . I woke up and found out it's only 9.30 p.m , sunday night. I initially thought it was monday morning. You might want to know why I slept from 4.30 p.m till 9.30 p.m which is the longest afternoon nap I took ever since I started working.
Earlier of the day, I woke up at 5.30 a.m to get ready to meet up with pcc group for a ride to Batu Arang. Since i'm a newbie I decided to choose option 2 where I have an option to U turn back at the petronas in Ijok and the mileage is only 80k.m instead of 110km ride to batu arang but I ended up taking option 1 (50km mileage) during the briefing as there isn't any group taking option 2.
As usual, the ride starts on time and this my chance to apply what i've learned last thursday during the beginners ride at putrajaya. At the beginning everything is easy especially from Centre Point to Kota Damansara and of course i'm quite happy to be able to draft until I reach the traffic lights and drop out from the group when trying to clip the clipless pedal again. Alright time to get back into the group again by increasing the speed to 30km/hour. “errr..arhh.. sTiLL canNot....” This time I increase it to 33km/hour, I wanted to give up being in the group but the traffic is too heavy for me to ride alone. I don't know where am I,when one of the PCC's rider , Terry ride besides me and told me “it's easy to ride in a group, try to follow?“ . I've been trying to get into the group for few thousand minutes ago until I realize their speed is not realistic for me to keep up. At times I wish a dog would chase me from behind so that I can get back into the group again. :(

Tadaaaaaa.... I reached the turn off at Guthrie Corridor and i'm suppose to wait for Nabil the ride leader for option 1 when Bernard Tan was teasing me about choosing option 1 and I told him there isn't option 2 for me to choose. Mac over heard the conversation and volunteer to accompany me to take option 2. It's so nice of him to be the ride leader for option 2 and the ride to ijok is fun as the pace he set for me is not hard for me.

When we reached petronas station at Ijok, the earlier group were already there chit-chating and resting. For me the first thing I did was to swallow a bottle of water and a bottle of 100 plus thinking that i'm a camel trap inside a human body

“Michelle why not continue the ride until batu arang ?” , PK the ride leader and organizer for this ride asked me . “Errr... I can still continue but I have to cycle the speed that i'm comfortable with” that's the only answer as pk and mac ensure me that they will cycle with me to batu arang. Finally I reached batu arang feeling hungry and thirsty. My theory to store water before the ride doesn't really work. I had 2 half boil eggs, 1 wan tan mee , 1 milo ice and 1 barley ice for breakfast which is quite hard for me to digest.

Going back is very tiring for me ,a few km of ride feels like eternity . I starts to imagine parking my car near Guthrie Corridor or somewhere near kota damansara. I really appreciate Vong encouragement and sweeping the last rider which is ME !. Without the sweeper I guess I might take a taxi to Centre Point BU to collect my car after Guthrie Corridor Highway.

The journey ended at where I started and every rider at centre point are clapping and cheering for me . I was smiling away and reminding myself to unclip the pedal as the news of me falling down from the bike due to failure to unclipped the pedal at Ijok travel faster than the wind.

Special Thanks to :
  • PCC riders
  • the ride leader PK.
  • Vong, Mac, PK and Terry to ensure that I wasn't too far behind from the group and lost somewhere .


  1. At the end of the day , i look like a horrible , terrible, ugly looking vegetable :D

  2. well done mich!!!!! next up is frasers loop 190km+ ok!?!?

  3. hehe.. sure , if the traffic is low and you guys willing to wait for me for another hour to arrive. :P

  4. what tulisan only no photo, why reach batu arang did't call me, my hometown, i can belanja u makan.

  5. yalor..doesn't look like me . Wah your hometown at batu arang.. I should have call you . I'll learn to take photo when i'm on the bike next time. :) . BTW are u joining us to Mt Rinjani

  6. it's last sunday 6/4/08 u going to bt arang, i saw few ppl with bicycle at the coffee shop, i'm so sorry to jian Hua coz we did't go to Rinjani, i thot he got lot of fren going ,so ask told him to go ahead to book the flight 1, then i did't book coz the air fare increase alot, then he tell we because of me he have book higher air fare just the match with my date of going. "pai share", u going to angsi this sunday?

  7. yalor.. That's our gang at the coffee shop eating wan tan mee.

  8. if u can see black smoke coming out from a human body, that's ME !!