A recent fatal accident involving a fellow cyclist hit by a careless driver was disturbing. Much more when it is somebody I know. A fatherly figure when it we rode together and a joker when it comes to un-common sense chatting. Condolence to the family. And to all other cyclist/runners out there, whatever safety precautions we take, please be reminded that there are a lot of a***holes driving nuts and can whack us anytime.
Me, still chasing the milage for the PCC-IS 2011. The news that came on Saturday morning created massive shocks in the local cycling community. More over when we are hammering the milage meeting the endurance demand. A few of us were planning for a 130km ride that Sunday actually, hence the bad news really hamper confidence. Also considering the route that we are taking prones to hazardous scoundrel drivers, I was in doubt until the morning I woke up.
My second attempt at Bagan Lalang from home. A quick google map measured 130km with loads of sun. First attempt, koyak a few years back. Didn't make it back home on bike. Wifey to the rescue. Lol. Only Alwin, Det and me dared to test the recipe. A few more started from Unikeb as usual. We don't plan to catch up with them, that will only waste their time waiting.
Hazard No. 1
Location : Highway Cheras-Kajang
Highway interchanges always the tricky part for us cyclist. Tricky risking our lives trying to maintain the lane while avoiding vehicles exiting or entering the main line. We made sure four time, no vehicles wanting to exit. Only one motorcyle that we made sure he passed us before we change lane. We made it but in a split second, one Vios swerved behind us and where did this bugger came from. I guess, he came so fast from the high speed lane and made a sudden turn towards the exit. A mere inches and seconds, we would be another victim.
Hazard No. 2
Location : Pekan Sungai Pelek
Hancik was infront doing the pulling work. We slowed down approaching the small town. As usual, small town means cars parked haphazardly. A red Kancil parked on the roadside and suddenly both the front and the rear doors opened. It's either Hancik landed safely in the car behind the steering wheels, or sprawled in the middle of the road.
Hazard No. 3
Location : Jalan Reko, Kajang and Cheras Perdana
Motorists will never respect us cyclists. Be it the weekend warriors or the Banglas commuting to work. They expect we are travelling at almost zero speed, hence jumping infront of us at junctions are like playing games. Two occassions when I had to squeeze the brakes when only a few feet away, these buggers throttled out from a junction. We yelled back in anger, depa buat muka seposen. May someday I have the strength to stop and tazkirah him spot on.
Alhamdullillah we pulled it through. Freaking 133km in 5:15hrs under the blazing sun. I had to acclimatise to the weather, hence it worked so far. But still, from legs down I looked like a tapir. Next week is step back week. It shall be Langat super easy or the nearest mamak :)
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