Wednesday, August 27, 2014

KIP Mart Melaka Pre Ride 23 Aug 2014

It was over a lunch with 2 Dato' they wanted a proposal from me as to how we can participate in their official opening of another KIP Mart at Melaka. A proposal was then submitted to them followed with 2 subsequent meetings and that was it we were on the road for a mission. 
Our mission was to invade Malacca World Heritage City with a minimum of 25 cyclists but a total of 41 cyclists came for this 2 days event.
One by one, the cyclists reported at Casa Blanca Guest House and by 4.30pm we were out into the town to create "havoc".
Moving around with a bicycle is such a breeze especially when you are out to see interesting places that are scattered apart. With our flags flying in this month of Independence we were somehow part of Malacca's attractions during these two days.
Jonker Walk is an amazing historical place with narrow roads, old shop houses selling old stuffs, souvenirs, pubs, eateries and others.
Our first stop was at the Dutch Square, interestingly Melaka was once upon a time ruled by the Dutch (sometime between 1641–1825) and it was the longest period that Malacca was under a foreign control.
We were also an attraction to many tourists.
Christ Church is the oldest functioning Protestant church in the country and it is also the oldest surviving Dutch church building outside Netherlands.
Moving to other icons of Malacca.
Here we were at A Famosa with our sponsor's banners. A Famosa is a Portuguese fortress. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in South East Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing.
Cruising at the river side of Melaka.
Finally our last batch of riders from USJ comprising of 4 recumbents and a MTB joined us. 
They took 2 days to reach Melaka with a night camping at Port Dickson. I always like their company they are such an attraction to the public. Bravo to these recumbent riders. 
Thanks to Joe & Siew Yung for recommending this lovely place for dinner. The foods were awesome!!!
hApPy Cyclists having a wonderful time at Aunty Lee's restaurant.
One for Malacca and One for KIP Mart!!!
Before we call it a night we adjourned to Jonker's Walk for a hApPy hour.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Let's Go to Penang for another Round-Island Ride - CFAL6 2014

Me and my wife left Kuala Lumpur early in the morning with a plan to have Dim Sum in Ipoh and were able to fixed up with Norman & Co at Foh San for a lovely breakfast. 
By noon we have reached the island and headed straight to Tanjung Tokong. Slowly but surely I am getting another candidate into the cycling craze.
The crowd wasn't big and it was an easy registration cum collection of jerseys at Straits Quay Mall.
Some of the members of the hApPy Cycling group.
Wherever and whenever we go for events we would normally go for a group pre-ride to see exciting places of attraction and this time we have friends from Penang to show us around.
Special thanks to Larry, Jimmy, Winnie and Aliya for their excellent hospitality.
Meeting new friends in the cycling circle is indeed a wonderful thing.
Briefing by the Yellow Man, Larry.
So, the fun gets started....
Joon from Kuching Sarawak was with the ride too.
Our first stop was at Kimberley Street for the famous Teochew Cendol.
We rode towards Sg. Pinang and it was a bit tricky as the traffic at that hour was pretty heavy, nevertheless with our extra attention and caution we were safe.
"Auto World of Penang"
A group shot at the autocity!!
Time to invade Kapal Singh Drive.
Hooray!!! so this is Kapal Singh Drive. We salute to you Mr. Kapal Singh.
It is a nice seaside promenade and the people in Penang has named it with a street name in honour of the Tiger of Jelutong. You shall be remembered Mr. Kapal Singh.

And it's back to the city.
Another street mural for the cyclists to pose and shoot.
So we are back to the city centre and it is dinner time
That's all folks, have a good sleep and get ready for CFAL 6. Ribuan terima kasih to Larry & Co.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CFAL 6 Here I Come Again - 82km Round-Island Ride 2014

This is another CFAL (Campaign for a lane) and it is the sixth time G Club Cyclists Penang is organising it. As usual among our friends mostly on folding bicycles would gather together and have fun on this awaited day. In fact we had a pre ride a day before CFAL 6. Thanks to our brothers and sisters from Penang for taking care of us you are such a great host.
Below is the chronological order of my ride for the day
6.30am - Arrived at Esplanade. This is my third time taking part in CFAL I cycled from my mother's house in Air Itam. 
7.10am We were still waiting at the back position and have yet to pass the starting line. A total of 4,200 registered cyclists for this mega event excluding many ghost riders probably another 2,000 and that was a lot of riders going round the island on one day.
7.16am - At Weld Quay with Larry & Winnie.
7.20am - Yong Lim appeared from behind with Norman.
7.30am - A photographer on a motorcycle from Attaque Bike at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway
8.02am - Jalan Batu Maung with FS Yee.
Also meeting a rider friend from Gusto Bike Malaysia, Kai Nie with Julian the little rider from Ampang.
8.30am - Ascending Jalan Teluk Kumbar the first major climb of an elevated road.
The climbing was tough but it gets moving on well.
9.18am - At a coffee shop at Jalan Sg Rusa for a bottle of 100 Plus.
A popular rest place for food & drinks too.
9.24am - The ride continued and this time it was ascending Jalan Teluk Bahang, the second major climb.
This climb has many bends and the scenery is awesome.
9.35am - Titi Kerawang
10.06am - Descending towards Teluk Bahang Dam with Harry & Eddie (the Dahon riders)
10.42am - John Ong overtaking me at his leisure ride at Fettes' traffic light nearing Gurney Drive.
11.00am I did it at the the finishing line....yaahooooo...
Thanks to Yong Lim for this memorable picture.
Friends from Attaque Bike were at the finishing point. Thanks to Well for a refreshing and cool ice cream.
12.10pm - Adjourned to New World Park for a lunch with Gusto Bike Malaysia.
My first CFAL was CFAL4 in 2012 with a finishing time of 4hrs 57mins.

Second attempt at CFAL5 I fared slightly better with a time of 4hrs 21mins.

A report card of my last 3 years' performance which I am very happy with it. Hopefully next year I can maintain it (if there is another CFAL).
This year's medal is of a shape of a bicycle bell.
The CFAL 6 route is same like the past years. Bravo! See you again CFAL7!