Sunday, June 7, 2015

Kuantan Century Ride 2015

*from a cycling fan's eye..

At 9.30am after a quick breakfast at the hotel, I drove directly to Pekan, as I was pretty sure the cyclists were gonna past that way. After keeping in touch with MKCT's support/photog car (Aunty n Pakdin), I decided to wait at WS2.

Firstly I saw MKCT AdiYus riding in a peloton (at the Pekan -Kuantan Higway) didnt want to honk or whatever, scared to surprised him / caused any harm.. cycling in fast peloton needs full attention. Then I passed by 2-3big pelotons before reaching Clem's peloton. So I waited at WS2.

Surprised! I didn't notice Clem and Yao Shan passed by probably because the peloton was too big and they were at the outer side.. and they didn't stop at the WS2 (as planned).

Took more photos there, and few other MKCT cyclists came. Everybody was looking good, at that time. I drove around the kampung area, try looking for Clem's peloton.. only managed to catch up with them on the highway back before they exited the Tg. Lumpur.

Then I decided to go back to town waiting for everyone at the finish line. Reached the Padang Kemunting at 12.30pm and missed the 1st peloton by just few minutes.. waited for the MKCT cyclists at the finish line..

It wouldn't be fun, without any on site dramas! From the site, 2 MKCT riders vomitted, the body rejected everything I heard. But 1 managed to proceed, another had to bail. Different case, 1 more was cramping and at the very edge of giving up (another 20km to finish line!) after some words of encouragement and challenge by the teammates, he continued cycle and finish. Separate case also, 1 beginner cyclist punctured tube at 70km and end his first 'unplanned' Century ride. 1 seasoned cyclist also had to quit at 70km as the body could not give anymore.1 who always cramped at km100 had a day of his life yesterday, when everytg went perfectly well for the legs. One OP-MKCT surprised himself, to be able to finish unscathed without any training.


Race morning, ready to roll
From left: clem, yao shan, andrew, and henry. (This is henry's seriously unplanned CR, going to ride a hibrid bike for a start, with a lot of unexpected sores coming)

Ironlady Pui San coming through

Big peloton entering the waterstation

Sam was also there

Big smiles from Andrew and Adiyus

after WS2, i tried to track down clem and yao shan's peloton, and met them on the highway back to town before they exited to Tg. Lumpur. Then, I went straight to the finish line to wait for them to come back.

The superbikers. All dried up even after playing under the bomba's water spray.

Rafiq blur blur and Azizi

Saad looks like he is not tired with much energy to spare

Syukri.. always perform well during events

Clement and Yao Shan..
Yao Shan break away with the front pelotons then Clement managed to catch up with him before the last water station. Not bad for a 14 year old.

Azli, Daus, and Clement enjoying the water spray

The white red army of musang

Mr. Clement and Mr. Thomas

Nazri, finally a century ride finisher after battling with cramps 20km from the finish line

Halimey and Azah

Andrew Yaoshan, father and 14 year old son both finished their race and this is their first time doing century ride.
Henry had his tyre puncture and he couldn't finish the race. He surely will be back again for more century rides to come.

Afiq the triathlete, this is his first century ride also, yet he is still looking fresh!

Auzani and Cpt Sepat

Kem and Wanie

Azman and Rosdi

Congratulations to all finishers! To the DNFs, many other events to come, stay calm and keep training.. till next time.


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