Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A typical cycling nite in putrajaya

I sped off to putrajaya at almost 100km/h. I usually do 80 to adhere to the speed limit...but don't wanna be late.

Reached the information center and the usual guys are there. Abu power, Sue, Esmen, Faisal, Zin, Razak, Syawil.. Went to set up the bike, pump the tires..and we are ready to go.

There's 2 routes. One 55km, and a shorter one 44km. Tonite, we choose 44k.

And for reasons unknown, abu powered ahead early in the ride. The rest of the group were left behind for like 50 meters. I just tagged along behind abu's back, not pushing it. We don't push until we reached the traffic lights heading southwards for a long long downhill ride.

Once at the traffics, Abu sped off. I anticipated that move. I looked back. The rest of the gang is not seen. Cycling alone is not fun actually. But...since Abu went ahead so fast, I would just play along.

First, a few hundred meters climb after the traffics. No pushing it...just cruise up easily up. Then...for the joyride. Here's where I could reached 50 easily. 60 plus if I hammer it. Abu was still far ahead. I could catch a glimpse of him though...but I have no plans to play catch up. I just want to do my own pace...trying to maintain 40 all the way while leaning precariously down on the TT bike.

Towards the end...and to my surprise...more to horror actually, Syawil was right at my back! Where did, or when did he came from?....not a sound...Oh well...I will just have to push on it then...

As usual, just before the first stop the guys at the back sped off leaving me in the dust. I really can't answer that.

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The next phase of the ride would be northbound, then detour towards KLIA toll. And as usual, Abu was leading...I was just hitching a ride. I looked back. Syawil was there. Good...After some ups and downs, we took the left junction downhill to the start of the road to the toll...And that was when I realized the peloton had broken up. Where was the rest? Only 3 of us...Abu can't be that fast?

Oh well..so be it. I let Syawil go behind abu, while I just enjoyed being third. The two were pushing 41km/h. After through the middle of the course, I felt I need to do some work, so I powered up to the front to do some work. 41,..42..43...

And as usual...just before the bridge...Abu somehow pressed the accelerator (55kmh) and I was left in the dust. Hmm...cycling is somehow...unfair, but that's the rules of the game...

Then we went for the u-turn. And I began to start to move up the speed limit...30,32...35..36. Bam..fine. I'll maintain it. Passed Abu who asked to slow down. Sorry..abu..I am so used to going this speed at this stretch...couldn't slow down...

Syawil was still with us. I leaded the 2 of them up to the climb, and wham...they went downhill to execute the final long long climb. TT bikes are notorious for having less power on hills...so as usual..I could just watch them go off.

But somehow syawil slowed down...And sensing I could still beat him...I stood up and pedaled all the way to the top, and sped off to have a 2nd stop at the bridge, to wait for the rest..
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On the way back...we don't usually go fast. We pass by some of the government complexes...I usually clock the most 30km/h. Then for some reason...I could go 35km while in aero. That's cool...rode for awhile...and them pssstt. I had a puncture. There's go another RM150 bucks because it's a tubular.

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Now..I've been carrying an E71 with GPS functionalities. Great thing is...it has a sportsTracker, which you can upload all your running/cycling workout. What's so great about GPS is that it shows you the speed, altitude and at which location you were.

Here's the site:

Nokia Sports tracker


6 comments:

Raymond Hee said...

great work Steven! Am sure your IM2010 next year will make great strides esp the bike segment!

TriNoob said...

hi, hope u can asnwer my qn.

were the entire group riding tri bikes or were some on normal roadies as well?


thanks in advance

yipwt said...

rum...lets hope so..

Trinoob,
I am the only one riding a tri bike. But there's another lady using a tri bike on and off. The rest all roadies...

Anonymous said...

Hi Yip,

Reading this is just like playing cycling manager. so cool.

Jeffry Jorez

yipwt said...

jeff,

cycling manager? a game?...w00t...

kev said...

Scary...