Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kayuhan Raub 2012 - 96km Challenge

This is my first time visiting Raub, as far as I know Raub means gold to me which I was made known during my school days. Raub is synonymous to the gold mining in Malaysia. So I have been to Raub already!

RM78 per night and this was the place we put up in Raub.
2 corners of the town that will be familiar to the folks of Raub.

I registered for this event more than a month ago and I was there a day before the event to collect my participating number 003 for the race. 96km is the distance and challenge that I will be seeking. RM50 was all you need to take part in this event.
There were a total of 7 folding bikes who came from Kuala Lumpur to take part in this event though we might look odd with our bikes but we want to prove we can do it with our small horses. With me is fellow cyclist Mohd Radzi.
The famous curry house Ratha at Raub and we like their popular Kari Ayam. Yes it is different and spicy delicious.
In a classic and historical town full of old details and interesting corners to discover.
We took a walk around the town after our round of roti canai. I like the old shop houses especially the traditional five foot shopping way.
Just after a short walk we ended up in another kedai kopi for coffee and some local pastry.
Restoran Sentosa a place we checked and will be back for dinner later in the evening.
The things found in the goodie bag.
This is the 96km route that we executed. Starting from Taman Tasik Raub down south to Kampong Bahru,  Kampong Lebu. Then north to Lembah Kiau and up again to Sg Ruan & Kg Dong and back to Taman Tasik Raub.
Off we went from the hotel we rode to Taman Tasik for the ultimate event, Kayuhan Raub 2012.
My luck wasn't good, I had a flat tyre and I had cold sweat I thought that was the end of Kayuhan Raub for me and I am going to missed it.Many thanks to my cycling buddies who put a fantastic assistance to recover my hope to be back in the race. Ribuan terima kasih again, what a relief in deed.
One of the many teams seen at the colourful event.
And the race begin we started from the rear of the flag off.
After so much mental deliberation with myself pedalling alone in a land like there is no civilisation for a long while. I will not give up the race even after 66km my ass was in pain and 30km to go. Let finish it pedal by pedal.
We did it, the foldies from Kuala Lumpur. Another medal for my collection.
I am truly glad that I managed to complete this race with an amazing distance of 96km and that is going to be another one of my long riding records. I hope I can come back next year for the event and maybe a separate trip to buy durian in Raub. By the way we started at 7.45am and I finished at 1.00pm that means 5 hours and 15 minutes for the entire ride.
Thanks to Sam Cheong, Fong Kook Keong & Mohd Radzi for their nice pictures I took from them.

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