|Our Seven Riders|
Due to the haze, the event which was supposed to be held on 6-7 July was postponed to 14-15 September 2013.
A chartered bus was arranged to pick us up from Pasir Ris to Malacca.
|Waiting for the bus at Pasir Ris|
|Loading our bikes|
|BC clearing the obstacle course to get to his seat|
We had a smooth bus ride to Malacca. There were pockets of rain on the way to Malacca and we all hoped that the weather will be fine for the ride tomorrow.
|Unloading our bikes|
|Storing our bike for the night|
|Shireen helping us with the admin stuff|
|First we had durian chendol|
|Then we had our Peranakan food|
It was a day of relaxation in preparation for the next two days of action.
On 14 Sep morning, we had breakfast and gathered at the hotel main entrance area for a group photo and flag off. The route was from Malacca to Batu Pahat, a distance of about 104km.
|Malacca to Batu Pahat map|
|Breakfast at the hotel|
|Preparing our bikes at the hotel storage area|
|Loading our bags into the support vehicle|
|Final internal briefing before we start|
|Group photo before flag off|
|Finally we are off|
|All raring to go|
|First rest point|
|Final regroup before heading into Batu Pahat|
|Finally, at the hotel in Batu Pahat|
We had a good dinner in the hotel with everyone sharing our day's experience. It also happened to be the exact date of Victor's 70th birthday. He and all the other September babies were surprised with a birthday cake. We had a jolly good time.
|Victor and the other September babies with their birthday cake|
The next day, 15 September 2013, our journey took us from Batu Pahat to Sunlove Marsiling. We were told that the distance was about 140km.
|Batu Pahat to Sunlove Marsiling|
Our wish came true again and to the extreme. The weather was not hot anymore as the morning started with a heavy thunderstorm. This caused the planned early flag off to be delayed.
|Group photo while waiting for the rain to stop|
Due to safety concerns, we were flagged off only when the rain subsided a little. We were all literally soaked from head to toes. It was a completely different experience from the previous day. We had to cycle in the rain, which was heavy at times, and also through two flooded areas. It was our first experience cycling through a flooded area.
|Replenish energy with bananas at rest stop|
|Getting ready to go again|
The rain finally stopped and for a large portion of the ride till our lunch point the weather was nice and cool. We made good progress, so good that somehow we made it past the first support vehicle and missed a critical turning point. We rode for about 3km before we saw the support car who told us that we missed a turn. Luckily the support vehicle came for us or else we could have rode even further off before realizing it. Anyway, we had to backtrack another 3km for the critical turning point. On the positive note, we got to cycle 6km more for our sponsors.
|The going is good|
|Be careful the road is wet|
|Having a break with Sebastian|
|Lunch at Pekan Nanas|
This was a great experience for all of us. It was the first time we cycled two long rides on consecutive days. Most importantly, it was a nice feeling knowing that we were cycling for charity.
Overall, we managed to raise more than 18 thousand dollars. A big thank you to all the donors for sponsoring this good cause.
A special note of thanks to support vehicle no 3, the young couple with the Toyota Camry, who patiently waited for our guys when they were fixing a flat tire and subsequently leading them back to the main group.
We also like to thank support vehicle no 2 for transporting our bags.