Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CFAL 6 Here I Come Again - 82km Round-Island Ride 2014

This is another CFAL (Campaign for a lane) and it is the sixth time G Club Cyclists Penang is organising it. As usual among our friends mostly on folding bicycles would gather together and have fun on this awaited day. In fact we had a pre ride a day before CFAL 6. Thanks to our brothers and sisters from Penang for taking care of us you are such a great host.
Below is the chronological order of my ride for the day
6.30am - Arrived at Esplanade. This is my third time taking part in CFAL I cycled from my mother's house in Air Itam. 
7.10am We were still waiting at the back position and have yet to pass the starting line. A total of 4,200 registered cyclists for this mega event excluding many ghost riders probably another 2,000 and that was a lot of riders going round the island on one day.
7.16am - At Weld Quay with Larry & Winnie.
7.20am - Yong Lim appeared from behind with Norman.
7.30am - A photographer on a motorcycle from Attaque Bike at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway
8.02am - Jalan Batu Maung with FS Yee.
Also meeting a rider friend from Gusto Bike Malaysia, Kai Nie with Julian the little rider from Ampang.
8.30am - Ascending Jalan Teluk Kumbar the first major climb of an elevated road.
The climbing was tough but it gets moving on well.
9.18am - At a coffee shop at Jalan Sg Rusa for a bottle of 100 Plus.
A popular rest place for food & drinks too.
9.24am - The ride continued and this time it was ascending Jalan Teluk Bahang, the second major climb.
This climb has many bends and the scenery is awesome.
9.35am - Titi Kerawang
10.06am - Descending towards Teluk Bahang Dam with Harry & Eddie (the Dahon riders)
10.42am - John Ong overtaking me at his leisure ride at Fettes' traffic light nearing Gurney Drive.
11.00am I did it at the the finishing line....yaahooooo...
Thanks to Yong Lim for this memorable picture.
Friends from Attaque Bike were at the finishing point. Thanks to Well for a refreshing and cool ice cream.
12.10pm - Adjourned to New World Park for a lunch with Gusto Bike Malaysia.
My first CFAL was CFAL4 in 2012 with a finishing time of 4hrs 57mins.

Second attempt at CFAL5 I fared slightly better with a time of 4hrs 21mins.

A report card of my last 3 years' performance which I am very happy with it. Hopefully next year I can maintain it (if there is another CFAL).
This year's medal is of a shape of a bicycle bell.
The CFAL 6 route is same like the past years. Bravo! See you again CFAL7!

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