Ride brief was given by a Rebecca Tomlinson and while heading out, I kept in mind her scenic route instructions that there wasn’t much to worry about except after an up-hill section, where there would be a steep gravelly descent and beginners/kids were recommended not to ride down.
From the parking area, it was about 2km on tarmac to the trail-head. As I was about to turn onto the trail, I heard my husband Chee say, “Sh**, I’ve got a flat!” So I patiently stopped by the side of the road and waited while he changed his inner-tube.
By the time he was almost ready, we were clearly at the back of the pack. As a couple of families with small kids (Olivier, Marie and Paul Fejer) were about to turn onto the trail, Chee asked me to go ahead with the families and he would catch up with me after he had packed up his tools.
That was the last time I saw him until I had almost completed the route! So most of my ride was a solitary one but very pleasant as unlike my supposedly experienced ride partner, I had no problems following paper and just enjoyed the scenery, riding at a my own pace.
The ride mainly consisted of relatively flat terrain through wide double track, shaded oil palm. This was fortunate, given the sweltering hot sunny morning. There was a short stretch riding past a scenic pond towards the start of the ride. At about 4.5km there were some gradual climbs. When we hit the relatively steep gravelly decline, there were a few screams from kids and as I walked down as briefed. Also saw a few newbies skidding and falling over in clouds of dust. Don’t lock the brakes! Even I know that!
We crossed beneath the highway through relatively dark tunnels a couple of times during the ride. The first time around, I entered the tunnel with some kids and it was amusing to hear them happily screaming through the tunnel like they were on a fair-ground ride.
As I reached an opening, I came across a camera-man (Albert) and saw that I had hit the junction where the short and long split. Albert asked where the Hubby was and I explained that he had a flat so was somewhere behind. I waited for a few minutes but decided to push on and asked Albert to tell Chee to follow the scenic route and to catch up with me.
However, for my other half, it wasn’t quite his day because he never made it to the junction. He somehow rode most of the short in reverse and also part of the long on a very steep uphill climb with about half a dozen other riders who were equally bewildered on why an easy short would have such a long, steep climb. Eventually, after another flat (yup!) and a few calls to the hares for some directions, our paths finally crossed again.
At around this point we found ourselves leaving the oil palm estate and crossing through farmland. We passed banana trees and a vegetable farm. A rider was standing beside a doorway and casually asked whether or not it was the correct way to ride though. After checking that we were on paper, it looked right.
We passed the farmer who watched us cross a small ditch by wheeling our bikes along a narrow wooden plank. After we greeted him, he said jokingly that he was thinking of converting his vegetable farm into a resort and asked if we would return to stay!
We hit a gradual climb and after reaching the top, over-heard a dad say to his kid that he reckoned that was the last climb. And indeed it was. The last few minutes of the ride was a breezy gradual downhill on tarmac, back to the car-park area.
Thanks to Ying How and all the Hares for spending many weekends designing and preparing this Bash! It was an enjoyable ride!
Story by Oskar Engberg; Photos courtesy of Nabil Fuaad; Captions courtesy of bashweb
Beautiful conditions for riding. Photo courtesy of Nabil Fuaad
Some slacker who couldn’t hack it ;). Photo courtesy of Nabil Fuaad
For the lycra minded. Courtesy of Nabil Fuaad
Photo courtesy of Nabil Fuaad
When I think back of it, I believe it was pretty hot too! The climb was about 15 minutes, so those who found it suffering can rest assured it was for all of us! Despite my words about this hill, I think it was a very good climb to feature in a hash. Challenging, yes! But rideable. And the reward at the top for those who went all the way there was either closing check #6 or enjoying the magnificent view.
Description from the Hares
The Long will be between 24km to 28km(TBD) and the Scenic is 9km.
This bash is a mixture of old and new. We revisit the Kuang area of KLMBH#225 in June last year and have an additional jaunt through a new area on the Rawang side.
Starting from the somewhat less than salubrious industrial area of Rawang things improve rapidly as the rides move through housing and into a palm oil estate. For the most part this is where the rides stay.
The short ride follows some lovely, shady undulating trails alongside, and crossing, pretty streams. There are no challenging hills and it’s a good chance to get kids and newbies out on their bikes.
The long ride has some steep climbs. While it is mostly shaded, there are some open areas near the highway. There is a short stretch of brand-new single track cut by the hares, ride-able but not for the faint hearted! Be prepared for a longish hike-a-bike section through rubber and then be rewarded with a sweeping downhill the other side. Riders on the long need to be fit and, as always, bring plenty of water and gels to get you through.
Some Confusion in Google Maps with Street/Jalan Names
Pease note fellow bashers, there seems to be some confusion in Googlemaps with references to the Street/Jalan names.
Jalan Bersatu and Jalan Perusahaan are named Jalan 1c in Googlemaps, the GPS coordinates are correct so use them and we’ll see you on the day!
GPS Coordinates: N3 17.871 E101 34.600
Then you fit the requirements to become a hare so why not?
So you and some of your friends are thinking about setting a hash but you’re a little uncertain, don’t worry they’ve all been answered by the friendly crew at KLMBH, check out the link which answers all the questions a potential hare may have.
Also you can drop the Hareraiser an email and I’ll set you up with another group of would be hares, get you involved in an existing group so you can get some experience or answer any questions so you can be confident in your approach to setting a bash.
Currently we have April 27th, 25th of May 2014, 27th of July and the 14th of December spots open so don’t be scared, put your hand up and experience the satisfaction of setting a bash, being a hare and keeping the KLMBH spirit alive.
Remember without volunteers (yep I know everyone hates that word) the KLMBH wouldn’t be able to host the monthly bashes hence dish out the truck loads of enjoyment, pain and ecstasy it does every month!
Story by Sam Middlehurst
Panzie’s pirates give the Captain a jolly farewell
“A Night ride, in Kiara”… this was certainly not a normal bash. Attracting only the most fearless bashers, the first bash of 2014 will certainly one to remember.
As riders arrived at Sri Hartamas School to check in we were gaily greeted by a band of oddly clad bearded men…should I not recognise Shiney’s paunch and Skinny’s “go go gadget” arms, I might have mistaken them for pirates. Another day maybe…
As riders eagerly awaited the briefing catching up on news of holiday festivities, the idle chit chat was broken by the dulcet tones of one of the hares. A loud, abrasive diatribe ensued, as Shiney eloquently delivered the instructions for the bash. The key points which I can recall were… for the first 20 minutes you will hate us, 3 checks with 6 shots of Captain Morgans rum up for grabs, and this is a night ride so yes you need lights. By this stage one unfortunate basher had made the mistake of dropping his battery pack, for which he was promptly humiliated, while another had a unique mechanical where his crank-arm fell off. When asked when and where the bike had last been serviced, the reply came as a complete shock to most! It was around this point when bash bones piped up with some reassuring words of how the hares had the riders best interests at heart, and how the pirates code meant they never left a rider behind… or something along those lines. By this stage riders were getting restless, and once the first rider decided it was time to go, we were off.
Shiney giving bash ride instructions to riders
We headed on tarmac up to Kiaramas, a nice way to warm up the legs, and then proceeded up the butchered remains of Reverse Boner. It was a sorry sight to behold, the reckless destruction of Mother Kiara at the hands of greedy developers. On we went, up and up, climb after climb, until finally we reached Janie’s Addiction and the man-made hole in the “environmentally friendly” fence. For those not familiar with the great wall of Kiara, it is a site to behold…and then promptly to get angry about and attempt to destroy! Once through the fence, the trail appeared to point towards Pure Quill trail, but this turned out to be a cunning pirate trick. It was only after reaching the end of the trail did I stumble across the first buried treasure of the ride… the frustration of a check back, but the joy at being rewarded with a Captains token!
After re-tracing my steps, I joined the other riders who had worked out the trail was going down Reverse Twin Peaks and then on to Shriners. This was a great flowy section of trail, and a treat for those regular riders of Kiara, as this route is normally for climbing. Joy was short lived however, as we were greeted by 3 smug hares telling us that we had reached check back number two! To say this was annoying would be an understatement, as the inevitable single track bottle neck would soon ensue. Luckily however, Barbie had some Captain’s on had to help ease the pain! And so it was out on to the tarmac, and up to 4 ways, where we re-hit the trails, this time doing Reverse Mission down to the equestrian club. With the trails dry and dusty, this was switch back heaven! It was about this point that day turned to night, and riders began to switch on their lights. Given that we were 2/3rds of the way into the night, it could be argued that this was not a true night ride… those who wish to argue this point, please speak to Panzie directly (good luck)!
Once back on the tarmac, we were climbing again, past more destruction, this time in the form of a land slide caused by soil erosion. Surprise surprise… this is what happens when you mess with nature! We soon hit trail again, and then were faced with the appealing prospect of look out climb. This was a tough ask coming towards the end of the ride… tired legs and dusty trails resulted in wheel spins and some hike a bike for some riders.
As always, it was a good sense of achievement reaching the top of lookout and feasting my eyes on what is one of the best views of KL there is.However, it was perhaps inevitable that the view was not the only thing waiting at the top of lookout. Sure enough, this was the hares trick number 3… the 3rd and final check bak up the trail, it was not long before we were descending again down Boulder and heading out of Kiara via Plan C.
In our haste however, it may have been the case that the last checkpoint was not properly closed off (cue a guilty gulp!) as stories later emerged of riders climbing lookout into the early hours of the morning!
The first riders arrived back at the start point after about 1hr 10 minutes of fun, fast, flowy riding… sadly however the hares were nowhere to be seen! Rumour has it that they had found pirate gold in the hills of Kiara… no one is quite sure. What we do know is that after around 15minutes of waiting, Bash Piss arrived, and the drinks finally found there way into the hands of thirsty riders. With no sign out taking place on this ride due to the hares looking for rival pirate clans in the jungle (parrot noses were heard apparently, but the origin of the sound could not be pinpointed), riders slowly began to return their cards and head home after an enjoyable ride.
For those new to night riding, this bash was a great introduction. Fun trails. Great conditions. Minimal riding in the dark! To seasoned bashers, it was a novel way to start the 2014 bash calendar…
See you next month.
What’s the fuss with the pirate thingy? More on that later.
Time Has Come To Give Back To Kiara Again And Show Our Support to #SaveBukitKiara
We can’t thank enough the good blokes who have been spending 15 years hand-building this 30km network of MTB trails, Pat, Joe, Steve and many others, too many to be mentioned here. As the Penghulu says, 'Kiara is built by us, for us'. Now another battle is going on and it’s a fierce one against the development of Kiara by Berjaya on the East flank, the destruction of the ridge over the Boner trail to build bungalows and the fencing of the whole perimeter by Jabatan Landskap Negara.
TRAKS, along with Friends Of Bukit Kiara and MNS Malaysia is leading this battle against “those who think Wawasan 2020 means flatten every hill and chop down every tree in site” as Joe says. They need your help and support, by becoming a TRAKS member, posting stuff on Facebook and following them on Twitter. By riding Kiara with us ca also do.
Join us for what is probably one of the last Bash in Kiara ever, since the fence is about to be completed - see this pic taken yesterday at Plan C+ showing the access to Sri Hartamas. There’s a fence. And a gate, fortunately.
Now the Bash:
Description From The Hares
Riding Bukit Kiara can be found challenging if you’re unfamiliar with the place; Kiara regulars will state otherwise, saying it is by far the greatest place in Malaysia when it comes to mountain biking. Roots, rocks, recces…
For those who feel uncomfortable about night riding, see this piece of advise Mountain Biking At Night - Handy Tips For KLMBH #232; it’s just like riding in daylight… be confident and have fun !
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.
Afraid of riding in the dark? See how much fun it is in this video by Phil Bee:
The Long Ride
Not this time folks… See The Short Ride.
The Short Ride
Expect 12km and 550m of elevation on both double and singletraks. Starts with a wee bit of concrete to stretch out the peloton, then fast and flowy trails along a ridgeline, 7mn of down-downhill, twisty singletraks, a piece of concrete again, singletraks and more singletraks. Think you’ve figured out the route? See below…
Still feeling lost in Kiara? Read the excellent Trails Of Bukit Kiara post from Joe Adnan, giving a detailed description of the trails.
Meet at Desa Sri Hartamas School, Jalan 48/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, +3° 9’ 29.88”, +101° 38’ 48.18”
Now Back To The Pirate Thingy
2013 KLMBH President Alan Knowles aka Beyonce aka Cap’n couldn’t attend the annual dinner last Dec. being assigned in a very very far country from here, hence escaping (extremum minimum) a dip in the pool. Although he thought he could get away with it without scares and bruises, there’s a little something for him during this Bash…
Over and </out>, The 2012-13 Bashweb