Description From The Hares
Long Ride: This is a great introductory long ride. It’s 30km in total which includes a short loop in PCP, paved roads, double track, one short “hike a bike” section, a sweet downhill single track run, more nice scenery and palm oil plantations.
This one has it all. It’s reasonably flat (less than 500m of climbing) and in terms of the other hashes that have been set, it is one of the more forgiving long rides. If you ever wanted to do the long ride but were a little unsure of your ability this would be a good starter.
Short Ride : About 13km and for the most part flat, however there will be a number of sections that are on road getting from the Challenge Park to the start of the trails (about 3 km’s). If you have ever driven around Putrajaya on a Sunday the roads are deserted, but still make sure you ride with your kids if you intend to enter them into the short course. There is lots of double track, paved roads and great scenery, so it’s an easy ride suitable for almost everyone.
Note: Both the long and short ride will have similar paper strips laid along the ride, however there will be plenty of signage so no-one should get lost. Did I say ‘should’? We’ll see on the day…..
Read On: Word Of Cautions
Doesn’t every Mountain Bike Rider know where Putrajaya Challenge Park is? Here’s the directions from the Plaza Tol Putrajaya (Klpe).
Be safe and have fun!
On On !
There’s two ways of doing it.
Either you go to MFM-Garmin Map (cGPSmapper) Installation Step-by-Step Guide and follow the procedure - which can be a bit tricky for the non IT-savvy, especially if you want to add the topo contour lines, such as described in Free West Malaysia Topo GPS Map: MFM-SRTMWM 090918…
Or, since we are very nice here at KLMBH and we just love our members, we did compile the MFM road and topo maps. Just download the all stuff from this link (162.8MB) and follow this simple procedure to install it on a Garmin Edge 800:
1. Insert a SD card of 2GB in the GPS
2. Replicate the Garmin internal file structure on the SD Card as follows:
3. Drag & drop the “gmapsupp.img” file in ‘root/Garmin’ location
4. Reboot the GPS; in Settings choose “malfreemaps” and uncheck “POI” unless you do mind about every McDonalds and Petronas POI being displayed, which makes the map very confusing on a small screen
5. You have now the topo map for Malaysia including contours. For free he he.
You may want to use some .gpx files created by others or downloaded from the Net? Just drag & drop them in the folder root/Garmin/NewFiles. They will appear in “Courses” once the device is rebooted.
And stay on paper !!!
[*14 Aug. 2014 update] MFM map update as of 18 Aug. 2014:
Because these Hares are such a gang of w@nkers…
In order to fine-tune the route, the KLMBH #239 is postponed to Sunday 31 August. Watch this space for details.
On On !
A simple answer - you can’t cross the country using only trails. Most of the country is broken up by dense forest and hilly terrain, so there is no point to point network of trails that you can use.
Sites like www.everytrail.com will have a collection of trails spread out throughout the country, but most of them are not connected to each other.
Which hill is Bukit Kiara?
Short : Not suitable for kiddies, some MTB (Mari Tolak Basikal) section, plenty hot open sections and pavement
Long: Same easy route as short for the first 20KM but with an extension of very torturing & technical 15+KM single track.
Word of advice - Bring 3 litres of water, apply sunblock, and save your energy for the last 15KM.
Lots of tree lovers hang out hare
Note: Bright yellow-red square or shredded paper means dangerous section ahead. There are 2 of these sections in the last 15KM in long. Please slow down or you might fly off a cliff. If you have to dismount, please look out for riders behind.
Long is not suitable for feeble newbie riders, complaints will not be tolerated.
Selamat berbuka puasa & selamat hari raya!
Story by: Willem-Jan Nuis
Photos by: Willem-Jan Nuis
Venue: Taman Tasik Biru
GPS Coordinates: N3 14.823 E101 31.466
Hares: Ying How, Mike Kwan, Rebecca Thomason, Albert Chua, Riza Shaharuddin and Ai Ling
Today we choose the scenic ride because it was the first time I took my son Bas who turned 14 last month to a Bash. I should naturally have done that much earlier but you know how it is. He is busy with school, friends and other plans; but with the summer break well on the way he was free and motivated to join. The weather was beautiful and there was a blissful lack of haze. API readings below 75 and at 9.30am it was on on.
As advertised the scenic ride was 17km through well shaded, palm oil plantation. With a relatively flat and flowy start and enough hills and some ditches.We started with a little tarmac to lead us on a single file trail out of the housing area.
The trails were in very good condition due to the dry weather. The hills were therefore also very well rideable provided your engine is strong enough.
There was also a fair share of casualties due to technical failures. Only a km in we saw broken chains, loose wheels, run-off chains and other failures.
Like Alexius in the picture below; he had a loose crank and came well prepared with a full set of tools like spanners to fix it.
He rode his bike from Bangalore of the famous Hero brand as if he wanted to make a statement; all you other riders with SantaCruz bikes, SRAM XX1 single ring Bling Bling don’t need all that. It can be done on any bike (provided you bring the tools). When I asked him about this social statement he explained, it was only his second ride and first wanted to see if it is something for him to do regularly. So my guess is that we will see Alexius soon on some all singing and dancing full bells and whistles steed of some boutique brand.
The down hill sections were fast and bumpy, some quite scary due to the loose gravel. But certainly a lot of fun. Here we see Bart in action.
Then there were a few ditches and streams to cross.
Bas was very happy that he joined and was one of the first to finish. He also found the trail at a check and shouted on on to lead the pack. He will certainly be back for another Bash, and like any good rider he also regularly joins TRAKS for trail maintenance. Lets all follow his example and support TRAKS.
Rest me to say thanks to the hares: Ying How, Mike Kwan, Rebecca Thomason, Albert Chua, Riza Shaharuddin and Ai Ling ,for an excellent morning of mtb fun.
Willem- Jan Nuis
Firstly, we the hares know that this bash unfortunately falls on the first day of the fasting month. We would have loved to have had it on the Saturday to allow all those fasting to join. However, we just don’t have the manpower to lay paper on Friday (all of us work) and then run the bash on Saturday (some of us also work on this day). We hope you understand and wish you ‘Selamat Berpuasa’.
The lay of the land
This month you have 3 different distances to choose from. So hopefully we have something to suit everyone. All 3 routes are through oil palm plantations and the palms provide shade for most of the ride. The trails are wide, not technically challenging and in pretty good condition all the way.
The long ride is 29km.This will be a fast and furious ride for the FRBs. The start of the ride is relatively flat and flowy but save some energy for hill climbs towards the end. There are a few large ditches to carry your bikes across and slow you down a bit.
The scenic ride is 17km thorough the same kind of terrain. You have the same ditches to scramble across and also the climbs towards the end that the long has, but overall your distance is shorter.
The kiddies ride is a very manageable 9km. All the rides start and end along kampung roads so close supervision is needed here. There are some gentle hills but no big climbs. Younger children will need a helping hand at the ditch crossings but these are smaller than the ones on the longer rides. It’s worth taking a break in a shady spot and checking out the owl shelters dotted among the palms. We saw a beautiful owl in one, shyly peeping out at us. Also look for fish in the streams, they like kaya sandwiches!
This view is now unavailable, but Kiara still has plenty to offer. Enjoy what’s left while it lasts!
Bukit Kiara - showing our support for #SaveBukitKiara
Another month goes by and it seems another fence goes up, more barbed wire is laid and more land is being cleared. When will it stop? We all know about the people who built the trails (Pat, Joe, Steve and many others), but what about those greedy few who come to steal it away from the Rakyat. When are they going to be held to account?
What can we do about it, you might ask? Well, we can stand up and make a lot of noise for some thing we care about, or we can watch it all disappear in front in of our eyes. The choice is with us, however if we stand united and in overwhelming numbers we can’t be denied without consequence.
Reason for the Bash?
Well, me the Hareraiser couldn’t find anyone willing to host a bash this month. We are a little thin on the ground with Hares prepared to look for and prepare new places to ride. But never mind because Kiara is always fun and has plenty of options and more than enough volunteers willing to help out.
Bash Description and advise from the hairy Hares
Please note this is no night bash. It is a day time full-on fun Kiara ride! And because it’s the second Kiara bash of the year , we are gonna be nice and make it enjoyable for everyone, especially for the Long riders. This will be an easy 16-18 kms.
The keywords to remember for this bash are uphill - downhill - eat - drink - repeat
The Short ride will be 8-10kms MAX. Do NOT underestimate the Short ride, however, as Kiara can be extremely devious, and while we try to make it as easy as possible, NEWBIES may need to push their bike in places!
Please heed this warning!!
Riding Bukit Kiara can be challenging if you’re unfamiliar with the place. If you are a new rider, and have not ridden in Kiara before, please do the SHORT RIDE.
Kiara regulars will tell you it is by far the greatest place in Malaysia for mountain biking, however it is important to know that it has teeth and can bite when you least expect it.
Last but not least, especially for Kiara regulars, STAY ON PAPER! Should you lose paper, just backtrack to the last paper you saw, wait for other riders, ask around and get back on paper.
PS: If you have a Save Bukit Kiara T shirt, make sure you wear it. :)
A story about someone who completed the “Veeery Long Ride” at the Broga Bash
A gruelliing ride that had one or two people almost lose their head
Story by: Robert Barragan
Photos by: Martin Gilliland, Andreas Huggel, Phil Bee etc.
Captions and the occasional editing by: Bashweb
GPS Coordinates: 2.932454 N, 101.923585 E
Hares: Phil Bee, Steve Thomas, Martin Gilliland, Scott Roberts
My first bash of this year was an extra dose of suffering and extreme fun….(kind of like a marriage). What else I could I ask for?
Extreme fun?… maybe not for these long suffering slackers
It was an epic ride that included tortoise like hiking of more than 3 km to an elevation of 550m. This was hard core climbing on singletrack with my bike on my shoulders most of the time. The lovely leaches that wanted a free ride also lunched on my strong Ecuadorian legs. Once at the summit the real fun started. It involved an awesome technical downhill section that lasted for some time that took us through dense rainforest. This natural beauty is one of the main reasons I’m still living in Malaysia.
This could be the Ecuadorian Amazon… instead it’s on our doorstep in Broga. How lucky are we?
The trail was really well marked considering the challenging remoteness of the area and the rainy weather. Without clear directions anyone could have easily gotten lost in such a thick and steep forest. Great work there hairy Hares.
The fascination of my ride ended abruptly after I passed the difficult forest section and reached the final check at the palm plantation. “Punto Maldito”…my colleague ahead of me (the idiot, it’s all his fault) rode off paper and then …voila!!… I got lost for more than 45 minutes …
But then thanks also to my dear organizers that cunningly put some paper to the west and some to the north to confuse my search got me even further lost! Considering myself an experienced geologist that has never been lost, even in the Ecuadorian Amazon forest, I found myself embarrassingly trapped in a benign palm tree plantation without a clue how to get myself out.
I had no choice but to appeal to technology, so I called my friend Paul Fejer who was behind me (as usual) and who never gets lost (because he’s American) gave me the directions I needed to get myself out of the sh#t.
Anyway, that was quite an adventure which I kind of enjoyed!!
To top it off the rain came at just the perfect time. And how refreshing it was. In fact it was one of the best parts of the ride, cooling me down and cleaning my bike.
And for some there’s nothing like a good post ride body pose :)
So all in all, it was a fun 4 hours 10 minutes ride. I clocked up 40 km which obviously included several kms of being lost.
This ride confirmed for me that Broga has much to offer,us MTB riders. I’ll be back for more.
A big thanks to the organizers …you did a terrific job,!
Story by: Pat Brunsdon
Photos by: Phil Bee, Martin Gilliland, Andreas Huggel
Captions by: Bashweb
GPS Coordinates: 2.932454 N, 101.923585 E
Hares: Phil Bee, Steve Thomas, Martin Gilliland, Scott Roberts
I couldn’t believe my luck to find that smack in the middle of my vacation in Malaysia there should be a Bash in Broga, haired by such a stellar cast. One of the best areas I know of in Malaysia for riding, and some of the best hares the KLMBH has to offer. How lucky can you get? So let me reach into my bag of hyperbole and see what I can find to describe the ride: Awesome. Beautiful. Clever. Dynamite. Exotic. Funky. Groovy. Heavenly. Inspiring ….
Some of the best riding is to be had in and around Broga
Alright, enough already. Are you getting the picture? An absolutely terrific ride, as near to perfection as I can imagine a bash could be. For the stat freaks, 26km and 600m of climbing on the long ride. Just under 3 hours for me (these days a highly average rider) to complete it. There were times that the singletrack seemed endless (and having set a couple of bashes in the past I know how much thought, recce’ing and hard work with a parang it can take to put something like that together).
The checks were well done, enough to get the pack turned inside out at least a couple of times. Trail marking was excellent, considering much of it was apparently washed out by the heavy rain the night before. The organization as always top-notch. So a very big thanks to the hares for making the magic and the rest of the KLMBH Committee for adding those extra touches that bring it all together.
Beware of strangers close to thatched huts.. not that they’ll do you harm
And thanks to all of you who stopped to say hi before, during and after the ride. So nice to see you again, even for just a little while. Some of the best memories of my time in KL involve the KLMBH and the many wonderful people I’ve met through being part of it. So thank you.
A crap photo of Pat… sorry mate