After weeks of planning and hard work by our illustrious leader ‘Skinny’ this years Annual Dinner is set to be an iconic event.
We have an amazing array of giveaways from our generous sponsors as well as plenty of scrumptious food and beverage provided by our hosts ‘Out of Africa’.
Space is limited and we expect demand to be high, so watch this space over the next day or so for details on how to register yourself and a guest if you choose to bring one.
When we first started to recce this area in Feb 2014, we intended to make this an easy bash after considering that the Epic ride is going to be only a month earlier. However after the year progressed we were pleasantly surprised to discover an area having an extensive trail network in a variety of environment and terrain, making it a quite an interesting area to set a bash. The scenery changes every few km you ride, it goes up and down, round and round. What more can we ask for? Its clear then that if we have made the bash an easy one it won’t do this area any justice, not to mention you guys missing out on some of the lovely trails this place has to offer. So do bear in mind this fact as you suffer through the ride, and take solace in the fact that we’re doing all this to maximize your ROI for driving all the way here. :)
Date: 26 October 2014
Time: 09:15 for the briefing, 09:30 for on on
Hares: YT Chee, Julian Gomez, Rebecca Thomason, Chiang Kwong Hoong, Huang Ying How, Riza Shaharudin.
First of all, I’d like to state that this place just a stone throw away from Jelebu which in Wikipedia states the following. “Jelebu has the warmest climate in recorded Malaysian history. The southwestern part of Jelebu is arguably the driest place in Malaysia.”
So I’m not kidding when I say bring lots of water, as your throat will get parched during the ride especially when the sun is blazing hot - and that happens a lot nowadays. However it is supposed to be the start of the monsoon season so if you’re lucky there will be an overcast weather giving us a cooler ride, but you will still need to prepare yourself for a hard ride. Praying for a little bit of rain wouldn’t hurt either.
Having said that, the majority of the trails are in the shade but there will be some long sections without any cover - hot sections. Did I mention yet bring lots of water? During the Epic we found a number of people who went in without sufficient water supply. If you’re one of these idiots, you have been warned.
The trails in the area will take you through a variety of terrain and vegetation with a few stream crossings tossed into the mix, and hike-a-bike sessions for good measure. In short, some of the trails are pretty wild.
There’s no shortage of technical trails here, so the normal rule applies where appropriate:-
If you can’t ride it, there’s no shame in pushing. Its better than getting a broken collarbone, or any other bone for that matter.
If you’re pushing on the uphill, don’t block the way for those who can ride it. No one likes a selfish sourpuss.
You will also be required to cross or ride on sections of paved road which has quite a lot of traffic on it even on weekends, so if you suddenly come out of the bush into a paved road please take the necessary caution to look for any danger before joining or crossing it. You might not be able to tell the difference between road has a lot of traffic and a lonely kampung road, so approach all paved road you stumble upon with the same caution.
Distance wise, this ride won’t be up to epic category with just about 22km of trails to ride if you’re not a FRB. To the FRB - don’t ask how far you’ll have to ride, just look at the hare list and figure out how bad the checks will be. We could have made it longer, but multiple test rides indicates the majority of the riders won’t be able to finish the ride in a good time if we stretched the distance more. Expect a wee bit of climbing. FRB should be able to complete the ride by 12-1pm, mid-pack out by around 2pm.
If you haven’t gotten the hint yet - its a hard ride. If you have a problem completing a normal long ride in good time, we suggest doing the short instead. We won’t bail you out if you have a problem finishing the ride. In fact, there won’t be any sweepers either. So you’re on your own.
Due to the terrain and trails available in the area, for this bash there would not be any “scenic” ride - just a “short” ride which is as the name implies a shorter version of long ride of around 13km. This means it will be a hard ride, where short and long will be sharing quite a number of trails during the ride. Expect to do a wee bit of climbing, less than the long ride, but definitely noticeable. Definitely not suitable for kiddies, or wusses for that matter.
Chicken out trails and cutoff
After numerous test rides we are certain that not everyone will be able to complete the whole route (READ - some of us didn’t finish the whole ride either, but then again we never claim to be super fit). In lieu of this we will provide places where you can chicken out if you find yourself way over your head. These locations will be at junctions marked with signage appropriately labelled “CHICKEN”. If you want to take this option, please READ THE INSTRUCTION ON THE SIGNAGE on how to cut short the ride, as there will not be any paper laid on the chicken out route to lead you back.
Besides this, we will also enforce a cutoff at 12.30pm the halfway mark - the exact distance will vary depending on the checks. So don’t waste too much time on the first half of the ride and you’ll be fine - we are confident that most of the mid pack riders will meet this deadline going by their normal speed. Slow riders on the other hand will get diverted, because we’re very sure if you can’t pass this point by 12.30pm you’ll only get back to the car very late in the day. Trust us, we’re speaking from experience.
The directions given will be via Kajang-Seremban Highway (LEKAS), as it is the fastest and most efficient way to get to the bash site. We won’t bother with giving directions using any other way, its just not worth it. Expect driving time around 1 hour plus from Petaling Jaya, less if you drive like a maniac.
Instructions below will require you to find your own way to the LEKAS Kajang tool booth (E101°49’34.07” N2°57’25.86”), and will continue from there. You should be able to find this point when you drive towards Semenyih from Kajang. Google Maps
Enter Kajang LEKAS toll booth, reset odometer (E101°49’34.07” N2°57’25.86”)
21.0 km take exit 2104-Mantin
23 km, traffic light after toll booth turn right onto Route 1 that heads towards Seremban
24.1 km take the first left junction onto N34 that heads towards Lenggeng. Enjoy the view of the country side while driving through this section. wink;wink;
31.7 km Turn left onto N30 just before going into Lenggeng town, crossing over a bridge.
32.8 km Turn into palm oil plantation on your left. You have arrived at your destination. (E101°56’0.03” N2°51’9.07”) Google Street View of parking area
If you’re relying on the GPS coordinates, please add another 30 minutes to the travelling time as it will take you through smaller trunk roads which adds more travelling time.
So thanks to Bagsie our KLMBH Chief Financial Officer and BASH Registration Technologist, we now have a definitive if not so accurate means for tracking start and finish times for BASH participants.
So if you’re the competitive type and treat each BASH like something out of the Cross Country World Cup Circuit, you can now see how you roughly fared in comparison to others who also took part.
Remember the BASH is not race, but who cares. Just click on this link below to find out where you placed and more importantly, who won!
PS: We take no responsibility for the inaccuracy of these times :)
It’s happening. Once every twenty years.
Important: There is 2 loops - There is no kiddies ride/ short ride!
Yes folks, it’s back … the Epic. This is special extra long ride which is meant to test your skills in both mountain biking and endurance, give you bragging rights if you finish it, and make you wish you never came out and rode with us that day! It also coincides with the KLMBH turning 20, so we are celebrating it in style by bringing you some pain.
Your Hares are ready to treat you to a wild day.
This was achieved with a total of 10 recces; a back-breaking effort by your Hares. And we even rode the entire thing to make sure it was a) rideable and b) fun! It is!
The ride will be two loops in a figure of eight, with our cars parked at the middle section.
For both loops, it is critical you stay on paper and keep your eyes peeled for signs that we will be posting on the trails. Even if you hear people above or below you, or see people riding somewhere else parallel to you, STAY ON YOUR PAPER. You could inadvertently miss a lovely section of trail and a few extra kilometers of riding.
Even though it’s a special ride, there are no handouts (shirts, stickers etc), no catering, or such… just a pure and simple bash going back to the grass roots days. There will also be no sweeping, no spoon feeding you if you forget to bring enough water or energy supplements, and no coming to rescue you if you’re lost. Stay on paper and you *will* make it out! The only reason we will go back to assist is if you manage to get injured and really can’t get back to the cars on your own.
Loop 1 will be 29.6km with 660m ascending. This loop will have several exposed sections with the sun beating down on your, but also a number of lovely shaded areas in orchards, palm and rubber estates. The first 2/3 of this loop will be a jamboree style ride with wide open trails, several exposed sections for the sun to relentlessly beat down on your, but also lovely orchards where you can ride fast through them. The other 1/3 will be old fashioned bashing/ adventure racing which will ultimately lead you back to the cars.
Prior to reaching the end of Loop 1, signs will be posted to make sure you turn in the correct directions to the cars and that you don’t turn and follow people onto Loop 2. Make sure you go back to the cars first to get more water/ supplements.
Loop 2 will be 15.6km of riding with 490m of ascending. This will be 95% shaded and will be truly rewarding if you can survive Loop 1. Please bring sufficient water and energy supplements to top up with after the first loop so you can enjoy this one as well!!!
If you’re afraid of water, bring inflatable arm bands! Or fins and snorkel…
Regardless of whether you opt to ride both loops or do only one, you *will bring three liters of water* in a hydration pack and supplements to get you through the ride. Since we come back to the cars near the halfway point, leave extra supplements and water in your vehicle to top up your hydration pack before setting off on the second loop.
If you don’t like adventure racing, this terrain is not for you! This is because you will have some hike-a-bike in a lovely bamboo copse; a vertical climb dodging trees and bamboo which will lead to a single track on the ridgeline which will eventually take you to a beautiful double track.
There will be four checks on the first loop that will be tough enough to hold you back five to ten minutes each. For the person that breaks the checks, you *will* wait until the checks are closed by your fellow Front Riders On Paper (FROPS) aka Front Riding Bastards (FRBs). Failure to do so will mean you will be ridiculed on our FB page!
Recommended Directions from Jalan Kuching/ Batu Caves
Alternative Direction via Rawang/ Serendah
The Bangkok Post | Pongpet Mekloy | 18 Sep 2014
I’d long heard stories about Bukit Kiara, the major playground for mountain bikers in Malaysia’s capital, but until a recent two-day visit to Kuala Lumpur had never actually seen it with my own two eyes….
It was absolutely well worth the trip. I’m now back in Bangkok but the euphoria I felt during the ride on the Malaysian hill has still to fade. I flew to Kuala Lumpur with a good friend from Chiang Mai…
I flew to Kuala Lumpur with a good friend from Chiang Mai who has quite a few mountain biker friends in KL. The local riders, some of whom have visited Chiang Mai and ridden on Doi Pui and Doi Suthep more than once, were kind enough to not only join us for the ride but also provide us and our bikes with transportation between the hotel and Bukit Kiara. You have to be a mountain biker to realise that the borderless brotherhood between bikers is not just incredibly strong, but also genuine.
On the first day, we arrived at Bukit Kiara late in the afternoon to try its downhill track. As an unfit rider from Thailand where downhillers are spoiled with the habit of taking a shuttle truck all the way up the mountain to the trailhead, I was intimidated by the thought of having to do the compulsory road climb on my heavy freeride bike. Thanks to the dropper seatpost, the double chainrings and the encouraging ride buddies, however, it turned out to be not that tough. In fact, it was enjoyable.
Somewhere high on the hill, we broke off from the paved road onto a narrow forest trail. It was only a short ride further up to the starting point of the DH track, but it was still pretty technical so I had to occasionally hop off the bike and push it up instead.
Gliding down the track gathering speed and momentum, we were soon greeted with a number of gap jumps. One of them, known as the Shaolin Gap, was too scary for me so I decided to save my bones and use the chicken run. (What you see in the main photo taken by Damian Gerard is one of Fakawi Banshee Team racers and one of Malaysia’s best, Aaron Chan Chow Hee, effortlessly clearing the Shaolin Gap.)
Further down along the winding trails with several banked turns was a good flow through an evergreen forest. After a while we emerged to an open hillside with a steep gradient and lots of exposed roots. Luckily for me, it was dry that day so I had no problem coming down that section. If there had been rain, it would have been a different story.
After that the trail snakes into the shady woods again. Just as we were nearing the end of the track I was warned to stop and check out what lay ahead.
It was something that made the Shaolin Gap look tame: a series of drops (the first one over 2m tall) down a steep slope followed by a jump with a gap wide enough to park three cars side by side.
Of course, I had no shame opting for a detour. Even if I had time to do another run down the trail that evening, I don’t think I would try it.
The next day we went back to Bukit Kiara to try some of its many cross country trails. Again, I was impressed. Too bad the Malaysian authorities don’t seem to realise that this place is a gem KL and Malaysia should be proud of. The sad fact is that this green area is constantly being nibbled away by “development” projects. Thanks to an NGO called TRAKS and the local biking community that have been strongly campaigning for the preservation of the hill’s forest and its trails, much of Bukit Kiara still remain in good natural condition. Let’s hope that their effort and dream to convince the government to keep this precious place permanently the way it is will soon come true.