Saturday, January 21, 2012

MTB and Road Training in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

As part of our training leading up to the Cape Epic in South Africa in March, Mike and I spent the Chinese New Year holidays in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Today's ride was from our base in One World Hotel to Genting Sempah - 88 km and 800 m total climb. Thanks to the local boys Edmund and Shang the Animal for their company.

Today's MTB ride was based on the the 2011 Presidential trail in Semenyih. We were led by Cas Brentjens, a Cape Epic veteran who is also racing in the 2012 edition. Despite some mechanical issues and wrong turns, we managed to complete most of the route - 55 km and over 1,000 m total climb.

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Dragon Year! Today’s MTB ride at Bukit Kiara was an absolute gem – technical, lung-busting, yet flowy single-tracks in the old rubber estates and secondary jungles of Malaysia. The trails were pristine and well-drained, topped off with a bike washing bay at the foot of the hills.

Our final training was a 90 km 5 hour off-road jaunt via the Rubber Research Institute to Ijok. The terrain was mainly rubber and oil palm plantations and relatively flat, quite ideal to stay within the “Fuel Efficiency” zone of 115 bpm to build endurance.

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