Nobody cared who I was until I put on the gloves.
It’s like you’re a totally different person once you slip on those half-finger gloves. It’s basically badass level +100.
The stadium is always a popular spot for events in Bukit Mertajam. It’s a popular venue with the regular runners in the area, and there’s an Olympic sized swimming pool around the back. There’s also plenty of parking in the vicinity!
Uh…no, this isn’t the swimming pool.
The actual parking lot of the stadium is always converted into an exhibition and staging zone, with canopies, chairs and food trucks lining the boulevards.
The BM Charity Ride is one of the only cycling events in Malaysia that I know that gives long sleeved bike jerseys with a zippered pocket on the back.
But I digress. The ride itself was well coordinated – the major junctions were well guarded, although the overall police force was still a little thin.
The police worked very closely with the traffic marshalls to keep riders in line. There was a lot of whistling. At least I assumed it was from the marshalls.
There was sufficient signage, pointing out directions for riders as well as a few warning signs of impending doom.
There were a few fun climbs of significant elevation, but fortunately the climbs were short-lived and were mostly rolling hills, providing quick relief to fatigued riders.
The midway water station was very well manned and stocked, with plenty of bananas and bottled water to go round twice!
Riders were well taken care of, not just by the volunteers handing out goodies, but by the overwhelming number of media personnel – there were photographers and videographers and drones coming out our ears!
Pretty sure there were at least three DJI drones hovering at the starting point.
The route was quite pleasant, with a good view of the hills and palm plantations around BM.
It also took us through the old town of BM, ending up with a nice loop of 48 kilometres.
After the ride, there was lots of activities to keep participants occupied. Of course, the ever important food and drink!
It got hot fast today, so a lot of riders left without much ado. However, the ones that stayed got to try out e-bikes and sample tea and ice cream.
Also, there were lots of goodies for all the school children from the many (over 13) schools in the local region that the BM Charity Ride made contributions to. Always heart warming to see such support for our local schools. Or maybe it was just the heat from the scorching tropical morning sun.
Overall, a nicely organised ride with emphasis on safety and being family friendly. The speeches were short, the riders were rambunctious, the weather was wonderful. The downside is the pockets on the jerseys weren’t fully attached to the jerseys, resulting in many droopy pouches popping out people’s backs.
Why are so many people standing around staring blankly? They’re waiting. Waiting for a Guinness Record to be made.
Penang has had no shortage of Malaysian Guinness Book of Record records, but this one actually required some amount of effort! The record was the pull a somewhat heavy SUV a good 51 metres in distance, using only a finger.
The index finger, to be precise.
Yes, this car (Toyota Alphard, in case you were wondering).
The official entry in the Malaysia Book of Records is the “Longest Distance Vehicle Pull with Index Finger” by a Woman.
Organised by Orient Fitness Penang (the one that is no longer at Gurney Paragon), this record setting event was in aid of D’Home Mental Health Association. Isn’t that heart warming? Or I suppose head warming.
Looks rather daunting, doesn’t it?
Well the happy faces clearly indicate that a record was set. And indeed it was – in fact, it was shattered into little pieces! The new distance was over 70 metres!
Behold our champion!
You could say her fingers have been itching for action since her last attempt.
Well, finger. Singular.
The Tour de SPS ride by the Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) concluded this 28th of October 2018, so here’s the event review!
Flag off was at 7:30am, and it was pretty punctual. Riders were funneled around the main police department building (IPD SPS), and the road around the block was a two-lane street, but it felt like a single.
Weather was top notch, with hardly any sun and a strong cloud cover. Nice and cool almost the entire ride, with a light breeze to waft our spirits.
The route was largely flat, with brief elevations over bridges. There were a couple of steep climbs towards the end of the ride, but apart from that they stuck very much to their 56km intended route.
There were two major checkpoints and water stations, with bananas and apples to supplement the water and 100Plus. Bananas depleted quickly at the first water station, but there was still plenty of stuff to go around.
Traffic control and marshall support was superb, with two officers at every major junction. To be fair, this event was run by the police, so you would expect them to hold nothing back.
The ride was open to all ages, and it was encouraging to see a large influx of junior and female riders.
Insert random artsy bike shot:
Alright, that’s enough bike photos. Back to the Tour de SPS!
The route took us through many nice forested areas and green paddy fields, over quiet mountains and around the Nibong Tebal rural district. A pleasant route with decent road conditions.
And for the post-event, there was a medal and solid food:
It was a little spicy, but rice and chicken! Usually would just expect some pickled veggies, or bread.
There were over a hundred lucky draw prizes, from hampers to bike helmets to a motorbike!
Perhaps one thing to do might be to put up some bike parking, as the entire courtyard became a bike dozing zone.
There was a Milo truck handing out drinks, as well as ample water and 100Plus. There was a truckload of bananas and bread to boot.
The lucky draw went by very quickly (largely due to the overcast skies and threat of rain) and was most efficient! The emcee did a great job keeping everyone entertained, and the general feeling was that was satisfaction.
Overall, a great ride event that kept participants around until the end of the event, which is relatively rare for cycling events these days. Safety and support were of a high standard, and everything worked out smoothly.
Keep up the good work, PDRM! Look forward to the Penang Bridge Night Ride (even though it starts in the middle of the night).
Spring time has finally arrived again in the sleepy city on the western coast! Spring in Perth is like no other – it literally transforms into Melbourne. Four seasons in one day – uno, dos, tres, quatro!
The usual foliage starts springing back to life. I wonder if the verb “springing” is to do with springtime or with the act of jumping.
Are you not trypophobed?
Spring brings many unique artists out of hibernation, culminating in displays of opulence such as this.
Spring in Perth is also a time for running and walking and doing outdoor things! Oh wait, that’s spring in most other countries as well.
Well, not quite yet. But she looks to be in a good mood this time round. That’s Summer, your friendly neighbourhood Samoyed, by the way.
Hi all! Been a while since I did one of these.
This idea has been bugging me for a while now, constantly hovering on the verge of my subconscious. Glad to finally get it out there.
I suppose there’s not much else to say…how about a quiz?
Do you know the name of a unique type of bee that produces milk?
I’ll buzz off now.
Did you know there is a new sports complex nestled deep in the heart of Penang Island? Welcome to the Relau Sports Complex!
With Olympic size swimming pool and dedicated diving pool with multiple diving platforms, this complex is a swimmer’s paradise!
Quite striking design, wouldn’t you say?
The diving boards from a unique angle.
There is also a large badminton complex, with ten brand new badminton courts!
And there’s plenty of parking within the complex itself, but if you need there is abundant street parking just down the road.
What better day to take a romp into the wilds of Langkawi than during monsoon season, with waves of precipitation crashing into us intermittently?
Don’t worry – it’s a rhetorical question.
We already did it.
There is this amazing stretch in the cycling trip where you get to jetski across a dam on your bike!
Yes, that’s right! Ride across a flooded dam on your bike!
Not to worry – it’s perfectly safe, assuming the current isn’t too strong or the water is too deep. You’ll be fine.
I mean, most people usually take ATV’s or trucks. But those guys are wusses.
Yeah, you heard me!
Through endless rubber plantations and paddy fields – lush greenery all the way!
And the occasional critter that will stop and stare.
To be honest, I think we’re the ones that stop and stare more.
Did I mention it was monsoon season?
So come join us into the wilds of Langkawi!
Yeah, come join us in this dark and creepy forest…
Another highly memorable section is this super secret pathway that extends out onto the ocean. Technically it’s private property, so I can’t tell you where the entrance is.
It’s part of a wave breaker wall that was privately constructed, but not very well maintained. It curves out over the west coast of Langkawi Island.
And off we go to another adventure!