This is a big one…on Saturday we will roll on the first AUDAX 400km ride of the 2014-15 season. This is a PBP qualifier. If you want to do a 300km you can join for the Malaysia bit and skip the last part in Singapore- please advise which one you will do on the sign up page and note that the pace will be controlled by the 400km group (slower) – sign up here
Ride briefing and registration is at 5am and we roll at 5:30 sharp.
We already have a dozen riders signed up for the 400km. There is a good mix of experienced riders and newer riders for this ride and we plan on riding together as one group for safety and sanity reasons. We have visitors from the Philippines (Carmela and Colin) and we have visitors from Thailand (Bryce) to join the Singapore gang. The pace is slower than the 200km or 300km rides as it is more important to complete than to have a good finishing time or get home in time for a dinner date. The cutoff is 27 hours…plenty of time. Last time we did this at a smart pace we were sipping beers before midnight. The terrain is easier than the 300km as we add extra KMs before Kluang and remove the Kulai hills and the J94 rollers. The good news is we will get to stop at the newest and greatest restaurant in Kluang again which has the best vegetarian fried rice in southern Malaysia.
Usually when we return to Singapore we stop for a ‘real meal’. This means it is served on a plate rather than out of a squeeze tube or via a water bottle. Last time we stopped at Jalan Kayu for a steak and chips @ Jerry’s BBQ…it was so good I still remember it. I think we even had a beer too.
Handy tips – bring salt tablets – when it is extremely hot cramps may occur so it may be worthwhile bringing some salt tablets to avoid any cramps…especially if it is blazing hot again. Thanks Mat Lock for the suggestion! Also, charge your Garmin or bike computer…it was amazing how many times on the 300km I heard “*#)#, my bloody Garmin is dead”. Charge ’em up and some may even bring battery recharge packs.
Starbucks at Novena/United Square is open 24 hours, has plenty of seating, and there is a 7-11 there which is also open 24 hours….so this is the closest place that holds lots of bodies and has decent food/drink for early birds. United Square – 101 Thomson Road #01-01 United Square Singapore 307591
What to bring?
The ride is mostly in Malaysia so bring your passport and PR, EP etc cards to cross the border. Bring some Malaysian Ringgitt for stops along the way and bring enough food and water for at least 100km. There are plenty of petrol stations for re-fueling. Bring some sun block too…last weekend a few people got some pretty bad burns. Of course bring tubes, Co2 cartridges, and make sure your bike is in good condition before this weekend. Last but not least, bring your patience. If we are going to ride together then stronger riders can do more front time or help others out but no surging, no breakaways etc.