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300km Memories

AUDAX original

History of Singapore AUDAX 300km

The photo above is one of the best memories and pictures of Singapore AUDAX. It has Singapore AUDAX founder Jean-Francois Torrelle, Brian Johnsen, Lundy, Gareth, Barry, Peter and Jeff Kennedy…all the people who rode most of the AUDAX rides.  The photo was taken by another AUDAX original…Denise Silk.  This tin shed provided us some cover from a massive downpour.  The nice family who owned it made us tea to keep us warm.  It was a ride that created strong partnership and created great friendships.

The first 300km of  2017 is coming up on March 4, 2017.  As you contemplate on whether or not you want to tackle this big one, take a look at some memories of AUDAX 300km rides in the past.  The route we take now is the Patrick Williams Way which includes the first 108km of the 200km route before going off to Kluang.  The next 50 km of hilly nice roads take you to Kluang at KM 160 where you can grab some lunch and rest a bit.  After that we power through to Kulai where we do 4km of the J94 rollers before hitting the Kulai hills at KM 244 (save some energy).  Here is the route The New 300km route for 2016-17

August 2009 – AUDAX 300km

At the beginning of every AUDAX ride people are always happy.

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Then something happens in between.  Where did all the smiles go?

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This was Winston’s first ever AUDAX 300km ride…he crushed it.

June 13, 2009- AUDAX 300km

Once again we took the old 300km route to Kluang, Kota Tinggi and then back home via the J94 rollers.  It was an interesting ride…we had a support van due to saftey and we had 13 riders who joined this 300km ride.   By the time we were getting into Kota Tinggi the skies were getting dark.  Stopping at the usual roti prata place for some food we sat and wondered what the weather would do.  We actually sat there for around two hours and then the skies opened up with a massive downpour.  The nice thing about having the van was that eight people were able to jump in it….13-8=5 though.  So five riders had to power on through the remaining 90km in pouring rain and thunder storms to get home to Longhouse.  Martin Reynolds was one of the lucky five riders and he wanted to get a bit of rest before pressing on.

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Reynolds

The weather got a lot worse and by the time we hit the rollers and had a puncture it was pouring down in buckets.  All the riders got home safely and only 5 qualified for this one!

April 2, 2011 – AUDAX 300km

This 300km was on the old route that took riders from Kluang to Kota Tinggi on the way back home.   It was always hot in Kota Tinggi and this young French rider decided to take a little break along the way.  We ended up at the shopping center as the usual roti prata stand in Kota Tinggi was closed.

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When you arrive in Kota Tinggi you had already completed 220km.

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Kota Tinggi did have some fun moments however!  In the past we used to start and finish all the rides at Longhouse….since that has been sold we now finish elsewhere.  Many of the rides ended just like this shot below. Note the bunny did not complete the ride.

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Sept 10, 2010 – AUDAX 300km

Another blazing hot day in the saddle into Kota Tinggi….

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Back in 2010 the peleton experienced the powerful cyclist from Norway and set a then-record time to complete the 300km route.

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April 18, 2010 – AUDAX 300 and 400km 

This was one of the first times we combined the 300 and 400km rides.  In the old days we used to do the final 100km in Singapore for the 400km distance and those who did the 300km pulled off and went home direct from Woodlands checkpoint.   This ride had many of the AUDAX originals!  This photo was taken at the McDonalds in Kluang…which is highly not recommended for food.

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In the olden days it used to take four riders and one manager (Bransby) to fix a puncture!

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August 2016 – AUDAX 300km

Not sure what happened but the pace seemed to pick up on the 300km rides in 2014-15 when many more riders started joining to qualify for the Paris Brest Paris ride. We had a lot of the fast guys from various race clubs out and then some of the other guys just hung on the train to finish faster.  There will definitely be multiple paced groups for the upcoming 300km ride.  These rides provide additional time to meet new people, share some great riding experiences, and enjoy the nice terrain in Malaysia.

Photo by Julian Doyle

Photo by Julian Doyle

Bloody ‘ell!!

Despite being a beautiful day the AUDAX 200km this past weekend had one of the highest failure rates ever!   Ran out of tubes, food poisoning,  ran out of energy, ran into Wes Hughes…you name it, the reasons were plentiful.  More than 50 riders lined up for the ride on Saturday and it looks like almost 20 did not finish.  The preliminary results will be out soon.

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Photo by Vladimir T.

The border crossing took a bit longer than usual which meant that the group was split almost immediately in JB.  The first group set off at a moderate pace in order to train for C-P (Chiang Mai – Phuket) which is happening in late March.  Keeping the moderate pace of 32km/hour meant that they  would keep their breaks short and not be blown to shreds by the end of the ride.  That was the plan.  We rode along with the idea that the Integrated Riders team surely would sweep us up within the first 70km.  Surprisingly we only got caught at the 108km at the Shell station.  The IR team and a few others pulled into Shell with half of the group looking very worn out trying to keep up with the faster paced riders.   To quote one of the riders from Yorkshire upon his arrival at Shell 108km-  ‘bloody ‘ell’!!.    The IR led group had an average pace of 35km/hour at KM 108.  Fast!

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Photo by Vladimir T

The C-P group and the IR group kind of merged at this point so the C-P pace seemed to go out the window.  Some of the  C-P group stayed true and others were tempted of the earlier arrival home in Singapore on the IR Train.   At the turnoff to the Kulai rollers I went home as was suffering from food poisoning.  The only thing worse than food poisoning was the condition of the roads from Kulai on the way back to Singapore.  Holes, cracks and crazy drivers all provided for a nerve racking experience.  I finally cracked and got in a taxi the last 15km in Malaysia and the taxi driver’s driving skills provided another nerve racking experience. 12 km over the border it was time for an Uber to Brewerkz to greet the riders at the end.

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Photo by Vladimir T.

Awards

For those who managed to be on the first group the average speed was 35.5 km/ hour according to Marcus.  He showed up first at Brewerkz looking absolutely wrecked.   Marcus wins the Lundy Worker Award for absolutely shredding himself and doing some serious front time with the fast group.  Marcus had more salt on his jersey than the fries at Brewerkz! Following Marcus was none other than the man from Yorkshire, who once again said ‘bloody ‘ell!!’.  After one beer he seemed to return to normal though.  At 60 years of age, he crushed a 34 km/hour average over 200km!  Congratulations Andrew Woodcock for winning the JFT Singapore AUDAX award for this ride.    Andrew and Marcus both finished strong but there were no smiles until the 2nd round of beers.  Almar Cabato joined for his first AUDAX ride this weekend.  Despite a quick time of 8:32 minutes he showed up at Brewerkz with some of the quicker guys, he realized how accomplished he felt and was smiling from ear-to-ear.  Almar wins the Silk Smile Award for showing that you can go fast and still smile along the way!  Congrats to all of the winners…you guessed it, you all win a pair of Singapore AUDAX socks.

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Bloody ‘ell!!

There were plenty of new faces out this weekend which was great.  The next ride is the AUDAX 300km.  The first 108km is the same but after that you go in the other direction towards the lovely city of Kluang.  The 50km from Shell to Kluang is hilly and scenic with quiet roads and nice views.  At KM 160 you will arrive in Kluang which has a good variety of food for lunch before powering the final 140km.  Due to construction the AUDAX 300km ride will finish at Brewerkz National Stadium.

Feb 11th 200km AUDAX

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This Saturday the second AUDAX 200km ride willl take place.   As usual, the ride will start at the Starbucks at United Square (Address: 101 Thomson Road, #01-01 United Square, 307591) and will finish at Brewerkz at Riverside Point.  The Starbucks is still partially under renovation so there will be limited seats…should be done in March.

We will be following the Patrick Williams Way AUDAX 200km and you can download the .GPX file from this map below.  Meet at 5am to register / sign up and we roll at 5:30 sharp.   Usually people find a group they are comfortable with before we hit the border…after crossing they usually wait and regroup at the JB Shell.


 Riders will have 13 hours to complete the 200km distance.  SIGN UP HERE

First time doing an AUDAX Ride?

The ride is mostly in Malaysia so you need to bring your passport, EP, PR, white card for visitors, return travel tickets for overseas tourists, etc.  Anything you need to cross the border you need to bring.

Nutrition

There are plenty of places to stop for water and snacks. Most of the stops are at petrol stations at approximately 30km (JB SHell), 72km the one before Pekan Nanas, KM 108 before hitting Kulai and then usually the Shell after the coconut stand which should be around 160km.   There is a 50% chance that the coconut stand will be open.   The currency used in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit.  It is usually good to bring some Ringgit and some Singapore dollars for food and drink when you get back home.  Many of the riders usually finish at Brewerkz with some much needed calorie replacement.  It is usually advisable to bring enough food for at least 100km and then top up at the various stops in Malaysia.

Bike

imageMake sure you tires are in good shape. It is usually a good idea to bring two spare tubes, CO2 cannisters, and a friend who will carry a spare tire.  Tighten everything up  as the roads in Malaysia are not as nice as the ones here in Singapore.   If you get a puncture then raise your hand and let people know so they can help you fix your puncture.

Pace

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post ride @ Brewerkz

It is a good idea to pace yourself.    There are riders who will ride at varying speeds and it is usually a good idea to ride at a pace that you feel you can complete the full 200km distance.

At the end of the ride your time will be recorded and sent to Paris for ‘homologation’.  For those who are planning to do long distance rides and who need to use AUDAX rides as qualifiers you will get an official homologation number within two weeks.  Medallions are also available (S$25 each) for finishers who want to remember their time on the bike.   Each of the AUDAX rides have medallions:  200km, 300km, 400km, 600km and for those who do all four there is the Super Randonneur Medallion.

Travel Insurance

It is a good idea to have travel insurance for this trip to Malaysia. (or anywhere really).  I use www.directasia.com

I won’t travel without it!  http://www.directasia.com/blog/cycling-in-asia-be-prepared/