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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.

What is a Super Randonneur?

Super Randonneur

Super Randonneur

Many people ask questions about medallions, PBP and what it means to be a Super Randonneur.  Firstly, the medallions are used to represent a way of remembering you completed a certain distance.  There are finisher medallions for 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km in every AUDAX year.  If you are able to complete all four of these distances in one year you also qualify for the status of ‘Super Randonneur’ for which there is also a medallion.    In addition, Paris Brest Paris has a medallion for completion.  I believe they have medallions for 1000km rides but I have never seen one and not sure if I ever want one.  I framed my medallions but you really can do anything you want with them.  After the last 300km on April 9th,  Liuyang Wan had already started asking questions about PBP.  The next PBP is in 2019.  Similar to other years, you need to complete the 200km, 300km, 400km and 600km in the preceding 12 months prior to PBP to qualify.  The earlier the better as it seems the demand for PBP has skyrocketed from 5000 riders in 2011 to 6000 in 2015.   So while this is not a ‘PBP year’ you can still aspire to become a Super Randonneur.  It may not land you a job, get you a date, or make you more money, yet you can definitely be confident that you have overcome some tough mental and physical challenges to do all these distances.  Patrick Williams is designing a nice new 600km route for this June which will take us through Rompin National Park and include more hills than the pancake flat ride to Melaka and back.  Thanks again Patrick!   On a sad note I do not believe they have a Hotel Super Cowboy on the new route….but I am pretty confident we can find a quality hotel in most of Malaysia.  For those who want to achieve SR status this year please note the calendar as it is likely we will only have the one 600km this year versus three last year (PBP year).   Disclaimer:  cycling long distances is highly addictive and last year we had two guys going from maximum rides of 160km to doing every qualifier and entering PBP!

Last but not least, I ask that you register early this week for the 300km/400km this upcoming weekend as I am not able to be here and Steven Hon has agreed to lead the ride.  The 300km route we did last time https://www.strava.com/activities/540136025 PLUS 100km to be determined by Steven Hon is the route for the 400km.  If you only fancy doing 300km that is also fine…just record your time and send me a PM.  We typically try to do the final 100km in Singapore for safety reasons.   Thank you  Steven for managing the ride this weekend….so to all please register early so I can get the list to Steven SIGN UP HERE

 

Norwegian Ketchup 200km

Post Ride Beers -

Post Ride Beers –

Another thrilling AUDAX 200km ride this weekend with some new faces and the return of some Singapore AUDAX legends.   The 200km group was a bit smaller than usual with people traveling for summer, doing crazy things like RAAM or just plain taking a break from spending the entire day on a bike.   Many new faces which was always encouraging and great to have Ling Ling on-board to represent the sole woman rider on this weekend’s ride.  It was also nice to have a visiting rider join us from Thailand once again!

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