Well for those who weren't
there - we had great plans to meet before 6am but ended up
with emergency toilet visits (with Mark having to struggle
the most), need for ID for registration etc and we ended up
registering at almost 7am!
We left at 7.20am and amazingly
the slaggarts (slack laggarts), Airani, Kok Min Yee and me
led all the way to West Coast. Of course that never really
happened again! Evidence in Jason's video footage (yes he
mounted a Video on his rear BASKET). But it was only
favourable lights that helped, and nearly let us catch up
with the first group. This enthusiatic trio would later
struggle at Yio Chu Kang under the mid-day sun!
Nevertheless Chi caught with
us, and we saw Matthaus - a large ang-moh waiting in the
west like Mark said he would. And the ending point for the
first leg was lovely, a nice downslope to a bunch of
enthusiastic riders who were just getting warmed up.
Well it got tougher to mid-day
and then a nice cool ride with winds that sapped us towards
the end. It was simple from Changi.
As the day wore on, I grew thankful for the
remedies I took or had taken - a Recipe
for long rides:
- Slick tyres - borrowed from Mark, I felt
the difference immediately.
- Bike shorts - good move that I bought
'em the day before; saved my ass;
- Power bars - most critical was the choc
bar Mark gave me at NTU, my stomach was an empty pit then.
- Muscle gels - especially the Salon Plas
Ye Chen gave me; had felt the fragility of thigh muscles acting up
from West Coast onwards.
- Two water bottles - added the second
one on Saturday; used both in a couple of legs, able to safely offer
to others; once even had both used up!
- Support vehicle with 100 plus replenishment
- Catherine came at the crucial moment, just as we needed to
get continuous refills with isotonic drinks. Would have been very
difficult without - they were rationing water!
- Avalanche 1.0 - the lighter bike and gears
helped especially at Thomson/Yio Chu Kang.
- Sunglasses to cope with the glare -
must have helped in Yio Chu Kang, but only there.
- Crew - morale boosting to ride
to each station to reach to you guys. Would have been better if I
was actually riding with you, but let me get a little practise first!
As far as I know, these go
- Kok Min Yee - the
pain in the butt had a pain in the butt from Station 1!
- Airani - desperately
finished her MBA tutorial the night before and rode her
heavy Montana with just one hours sleep.
- Chi Wei - rode the entire
second half with a bad headache that did not relent,
which he suspects was due to his sunglasses!
I guess I win the most
cautious rider award - I was able to get home
and work on some beach cleanup matters last that night. Now
preparing for an NParks workshop. I guess Champion Du Monde
had trained me well enough. The best thing is that my knee
joint is not aching! Great news because damaging that is a
serious no-no. I would not have ridden with CDM
because the strain would have been too bad.
Thanks for waiting at each and
every station - it turns out the rest off you must
have waited about 6 mins per station because my cycling time
was ONE HOUR more than yours! I rode 6 hours+ to your 5
hours+. And with the isotonic drinks and muscle gels, Airani
and I were able to help several people along the way.
- Freshness -
first leg that ended at West Coast park: roads empty and
flat, we were feeling fresh and fine and optimistic and
hopeful that we would make it; and the morning reflected
the feeling. Saw the Terry Fox run people walking towards
Sentosa, and getting video-taped by Jason.
broken - I had always felt Kranji was too
far away. Now I might try it before work!
chatter - talked to lots of people along
- Good plan
- eating and replenishing at Woodlands!
- Nicest rides
- Neo Tiew Road- I liked this stretch and time the
best. A very familiar route to me, but on a bike this
time. A surreal feeling.
- Grand Prix Racing
commentary - complete with crisp English
accent well what I could manage at any rate) that spurred
Min Yee and Airani to jostle for pole position. Quite
exciting, considering how exhausted everyone was and it
all happened on the slopes!
- Relief, Pretty and
festive - the worst was over and the
tree-lined Loyang Avenue was such a relief from the sun
and a beautiful sight. Changi beach had a lovely festive
- Butt first
aid - Kok Min Yee bought a gel seat cover at
riders - who rang their bells in support
when I stopped to apply gel to cramping thighs; something
I learnt and used subsequently,
riders - in obvious distress, but who only
drank our istonic drinks after we reassured them we had
- Most fun
- East Coast Parkway - dodging and weaving
between bikers, skateboarders, bladers, little kids etc.
The Avalanche 1.0's controls help me go faster with its
superior braking control.
relief - knee not strained and not much
post-race aches! I was careful enough in my weak
condition. Ample protection from bike shorts, almost
wearing off in last few stations.
- Toilet hunt
- Morning before we started, no one was there at
6.15am, queuing up to no avail (they need ID), hunting
for a toilet, hunting for tissue, stomach not ready,
problem detected in tyre minutes before start (inner tube
too broad), when are we leaving?
- Slopes and
Sun - Yio Chu Kang tops the list. Good to know
this, for I used to 'break in' new riders there. I must
- almost all the way, from after Station 1!
resistance - Changi Coastal Road, and just after
- No reliable
data - Well, Kin Wee come close with about
10 mins lost. Mark's is for entire time, nit not biking
time, I forgot to compensate for slick tyres; can still
salvage some bits. This would hav ebeen the worst part
for data junkie me (really) if not for the next point:
- Back to
reality - Having to deal with beach
cleanup debriefs, plan and prepare for a workshop on
Tue-Wed, send in reports, etc.
Mark is asking for a
already volunteered to make chicken wings. We should view
Jason's video that day as well. All must wear their XS
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 20:06:14
Subject: [zendogs] U guys had fun?
Thanks for the ride, guys. It
was a great experience. I will definitely do it all again.
Hopefully they sort the badly organized logistics. And the
lucky draw thing was a con-job, dont you
How heres the hard truth.
My computer data would be more reflective of the intensity
of work we put in:
TOTAL time: 10hr 31min
Average speed: 11.83km/h
Hows the condition of
your respective bodies? We all know that Kok Min Yees
suffering like hell, like he just got caned by a discipline
master. Surprisingly, my bodys not acheing too much.
Suppose the rest stops did the trick. Cycled home from Ye
Chens place last night as a recovery ride, so legs are
as good as new.
Weve done the hard part,
now we have to keep up the good work. Chi Wei & Airani
& Siva, we have to establish regular rides, man!
Thursday evening? Weekends? Lots to discuss during the
Now, about that BBQ/makan fest.
I cant make it on Thu, Fri or Sat this week. Got
dinner with ex-labmates/friends wedding/Grandmas
birthday dinner, respectively. Sundays good,
especially after a ride. Must be road tho. Ankle's still
I dreamt that we had a nice BBQ
at the carpark outside NUS LT32 (Blk S1A). Anyone got 2 zinc
sheets & I can build a makeshift BBQ pit. I got all the
wire meshes and stones. Ill volunteer to start the
fire and probably contribute an assortment of shellfish, if
enough of you guys eat such stuff.
Okay, enough blabbing. At least
mine is not as long as Sivas. Haha!!
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002
Hi, I think I have some
interesting footage of the ride. I've got Interviews, shots
of cyclists in action, hope to be able to put it all in a 15
min video. I could output the video in MPEG2 format, cut it
in a CD-ROM and distribute to interested parties.
Didn't know the extra weight of
camera and water bottles will take such a toll on me, my
legs were screaming up the slopes. Sun block on the face was
no help either, its so stinging on the eyes I was crying
most of the way from westcoat road to woodlands. Better to
wear cap and sun shades next time, no more sun block above
the cheeks. he he
But its really fun, looking
forward to another tirp.
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2002 16:35:03
Subject: [zendogs] The 140km... 126km... 130.5km...
120km... Round island cycle.
Okay, while we wait for the
data junkies to get the distance right, here is my take on
the whole ride (in point form).
- Woke up feeling ok after 4
days of flu. Cat got up at the same time too as she was
taking part in the Terry Fox Run. Had simple brekkie of 2
bananas and 2 slices of peanut buttered bread, carbo
drink. Most important activity - took a dump before
- Picked up Ye Chen, racked
up her bike with strips of inner tube to protect bike's
paintwork. Drove like controlled maniac to stadium to
meet early birds. Car tissue box came to the rescue of
the toilet brigade. Catherine left for Terry Fox
- Found that best laid plans
had gone south due to Toiletgate and ID requirements.
Registered, formed group Phantom, 1.5 (in between first
and second groups), or whatever, and cycled together
(sort of) anyway.
- Started off with 2nd group
after Daniel rounded everyone up with shouts of "lai
lai", and "ka kin ah". Immediately, Siva, Airani, and KMY
raced off into the distance. It would be sometime before
I see them again.
- Rest of us took it easy,
kept pace with Daniel. Passing the Durians (Esplanade
Theatres) early in the day with glow of the rising sun
illuminating the Merlion on the waterfront, I felt that
everything was okay with my world - kind of
- Traffic lights - to stop or
not? Stopped at some but not at others. In the end, only
stopped at those that would have prevented us from
getting a bad case of road rash.
- Went by World Trade Centre
and saw the foxy Terry Fox runners. Wished for Cat to
have a good run.
- I broke away from group 2
to catch up with those up front (Siva, Airani, and KMY).
Lights in my favour. Caught them near Pasir Panjang. Met
Jason on his Videobike, made stupid faces at
- Regrouped at West Coast
with ang moh (Matthau), left for NTU. At NTU, fuelled up
on carbo, 100+, energy bars. Left for Kranji.
- Nice long(?) ride. Got to
practice cycling with no hands. Chatted with Matthau.
Matthau followed close to me and Kin Wee.
- Arrived at Kranji. Tse Lynn
and Athena already there. Short rest then off to
- We were early so no lunch.
Cat arrived with much needed 100 plus. Lunch was good
(fuelled up on carbo). Airani bought tons of 100 plus to
leave with Cat. Left for Thomson.
- Cat (you beaut!) went and
got some ice and stuck it in cooler box with our drinks
in it. Thereafter, we had cold drinks, beer even, if we
- By Hougang, it was HOT HOT
HOT! I had a splitting headache, took all my willpower to
continue. Bloody lousy sunglasses. Time for a pair of
Rudy Projects. Gave 100+ to guy who had
- By Pasir Ris, I could
barely focus. Got off bike and almost fell over coz felt
dizzy. Put head down and rehydrated some more. Nose full
of crud from haze and dust. Developed one handed gold
digging bike control technique as a result.
- Arrived at Changi. Sea
breeze was a relief but also a bane. Coastal Road wasn't
that bad due to some coordinated drafting with Mark, Ye
Chen, Matthau, Tse Lyn, Athena, and Kin Wee. Did this
until ECP when Mark, Kin Wee, and Matthau shot off into
the distance. Totally bonked. Found out that Daniel had
it easy coz he drafted Cat's vehicle!
- ECP was a nice stop.
Recovered just enough to finish the ride. Bloody lucky
draw con job.
So now that the actual distance
is all screwy, how about we do this again this Sunday with
calibrated computers.... NOT!