AUDAX 300km May 27, 2017

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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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/

200km DONE

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This AUDAX 200km ride was the biggest in Singapore AUDAX history. On Friday night we had more than 70 people registered for the ride.  As usual, we lost some of them due to injuries, illness, alcohol-related issues, or other reasons.  More than 60 people started the ride early Saturday morning as we set off to Malaysia for the first ride in 2017.  The weather was cooperative most of the day and the pace was slower as many were recovering from a hectic holiday season.  The results will be in next week.

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Sporting the 2017 AUDAX Kit

Leaving the JB Shell the fast guys set off with Brian Johnsen while the more conservative riders formed a massive second group. The pace was smart but somewhat influenced by Ben Farnsworth who did a massive amount of front time to try to catch the fast group that left without him.  We arrived in good shape at the petrol station before Pekan Nanas.  The section between Pekan Nanas and Bukit Batu is the nicest section of the ride.   Quiet rolling roads with low traffic volumes was a nice change from the highway in JB.  The second group coasted through this entire section at 35-40km/ hour on the efforts of Stanislav, Andy Bennett and Marcus towing the entire group at a swift and steady pace.  As we approached the next rest stop a few people were starting to suffer due to the pace and rising temperatures.  Ben luckily caught up with Brian and the others in Group One which now had split into two groups.  Now all the fast guys were gone and group two could relax a bit…..so we thought.

In a big group, it is important to realize when people are starting to suffer and to take the necessary steps to ensure they all finish safely and in good shape.  Julian Doyle did just that as we approached the second petrol station and he decided to ease back a bit to support a group of riders who were starting to feel the pain.   Julian led a group of riders through the final 90km to success despite pleas for ‘never again’, ‘I can’t do this’ and ‘Uber!!’…this is not an easy task.  The Julian Group finished at Brewerkz to celebrate a  tough ride and it is likely they are all extremely happy the pushed on and finished.  Julian wins the Lundy Worker Award for guiding this group home safely.  Congrats Julian!

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Doyle wins the Lundy Worker Award

Not all the riders who do AUDAX speed through the ride to get home faster.  Some riders take the time to enjoy the scenery, enjoy lunch, enjoy the ride.   These riders are usually nice people who smile a lot and enjoy the scenery, food and the experience of the full ride.    The Silk Smile Award goes to Koh Ling Ling.   Ling Ling was smiling even before registration and it continued on to the very end!  Ling Ling is a long distance champion who has done every AUDAX distance and no matter how long she rides she always has a smile on her face.   Congrats Ling Ling!

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This AUDAX ride also had many new faces in the crowd which means there may have been people who had no idea where to go.  (Actually…most people don’t know where they are going and hope that someone else loaded the .gpx file into their Garmin).  One of the youngest riders on Saturday was 21 year old Kaela who recently moved to Singapore from Hawaii.  Kaela joined a speedy group at the beginning and seemed to disappear before the JB Shell.  Many assumed she went home and skipped the journey into Malaysia.  It turned out that Kaela made the ride and caught up with Jerome Limozin in Bukit Batu.  A true gentleman, Jerome made the trip to Brewekz to guide Kaela to a well-deserved beer.  Jerome wins the JFT AUDAX Spirit Award for being such a gentleman.  Congrats Jerome!

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Jerome thinking ‘why am I doing this?’

 
All the award winners win a pair of Singapore AUDAX socks!

All photos taken by others…thank you for them.

Finally, special thanks to Kimberly Norman who wakes up early to register the riders and keeps us all organized!  See you February 11th for the next AUDAX 200km….sure to be easier.

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