Thank you for all taking the poll to see where the AUDAX 300km should be this weekend. Well today there Standard Chartered Marathon barriers were lining Nicoll Highway which reminded us that the big marathon is this upcoming weekend. Therefore we will be doing a hybrid ride this weekend for the AUDAX 300km. The plus side is that we will also have an AUDAX 200km ride on the same weekend. All rides will start at the same time and place.
For either the 200km or the 300km you can sign up here
What is in a name?
Well the Williams-Ahmad-Langlois ride is all about:
- Patrick Williams designed the first 200km of this ride
- Lyn Ahmad reminded me that the SC marathon was on and that doing a 300km ride in Singapore with all the barriers in addition to the traffic lights is utter madness
- The Langlois rule will apply for those doing the 300km which means you can ride and still have a family life
The ride will begin at United Square Starbucks. Registration is at 3:45-4:20 and we will do a ride overview and we roll at 4:30 am sharp. Rides are S$5 for members and S$25 for non members. If you do more than two rides this year (until November 2019 it is always better to be a member…plus you save a lot on kits) You must sign in and register and all riders must complete this ride entry form
The first 200km is the Patrick Williams AUDAX 200km which can be found here
Please download the .GPX file if you have not done the route before. This route is truly amazing and you will see some beautiful places in Malaysia. In addition, you will also meet the Kulai hills at around KM 138. There are plenty of petrol stations to refill your water and get small food but it is ideal to pack enough energy for at least 100km.
Riders should be near 200km when they cross back into Singapore from Malaysia. For those tackling the 300km route then you can choose the final 100km in SG. My recommendation is to go west into Admiralty, Yishun, Ponggol, Changi Coast Road and that should put you in a position to have 300km by the time you reach home. The Langlois rule applies so you can finish where you like to be close to your home as soon as you cross the official distance and get to see your family as soon as possible. You can email your results to firstname.lastname@example.org . For those who are NOT on Facebook please do this as soon as you can because the results are usually posted there many times to verify names, time, etc.
What to bring?
The ride is in Malaysia. Last time we rode leaving at 4:30 am there was no line up at the border. Ideally we will have the same. You need your passport, EP, PR, etc and anything else you need to cross the border into Malaysia.
It is recommended that you have good tires on your bike as the roads in Kulai town are some of the worst around. You should have tubes, cO2s, tools, and make sure everything is tightened on your bike. It is also good to bring some gels or other fuel to ensure you make it home safely. If things do go pear-shaped you can always get a Grab or rest for a night at the Hotel Super Cowboy in Kulai.
For those riders doing the 200km distance you have 13.5 hours to complete the distance (elapsed time). For those tackling the 300km distance you will have a total of 20 hours to complete. These are official qualifying rides for Paris-Brest-Paris. Please do not cheat…if you cheat you are cheating yourself and you will regret it if you do PBP and realize that you actually need to do the entire ride there. 🙂
When you are done you can take a break as this is the last AUDAX ride in 2018. Ride safe!
All photos from Ahmad Studios.