Blazing fast 200km is the best way to describe last Saturday’s AUDAX ride which was the final 200km of the year. With more than 50 people lining up to start, most people disregarded the possible 13 hour time limit and from the very beginning the pace was fast. The majority of the group arrived at JB Shell together for the final 200km of 2016. It was great to see so many new people coming out to the AUDAX rides.
The ride started a bit prematurely after a quick stop at the JB Shell which forced some riders to pedal hard to catch the pack by the next stop (pictured above). By the second Shell the riders split into a group of 8-10 fast guys with a 2nd group of 30+ making their way along the nice country roads in Pekan Nanas. Both groups moved through the nice country side and by the next stop in Bukit Batu the 2nd group grew in size inheriting some of the shattered riders from group 1.
After 110km people made their way to the Kulai Hills after a short stint on the J94 rollers. A few more members of Group 1 joined Group 2 along the way. For the first time in years the official coconut stand was open and actually selling coconuts.
There is no doubt this was a fast one. Group 2 had an average speed of more than 34km/hour for the 200km and we arrived back in Singapore before 1pm.
Awards – each winner gets a pair of Singapore AUDAX socks
The JFT AUDAX Spirit Award goes to Phil Morris who led a group of first timers safely around the course and got some new people out on the road!
The Lundy Worker Award goes to Francis Leong who did lots of front work from Pekan Nanas to the Shell station in Bukit Batu. Despite having a massive group of approximately 30 riders, Francis was regularly on the front pulling the massive train along at 37-40km/hour. Many riders were struggling just to stay on the train let alone taking a pull at the front! Good job Francis.
After a punchy 40km with group 1 Adam Brooks decided to join group 2 from KM 108 for the remainder of the ride. He still managed a smile despite early big efforts and after completing the Kulai hills. Adam wins the Silk Smile Award.
The next and final AUDAX ride of 2016 is on October 29, 2016. More information about the AUDAX 400km on October 29, 2016 will be out shortly. Ride safe.