[Change of meeting point] Join The Penghulu aka Pat Brunsdon @ KDCF Trail Day @ Kota Damansara Community Forest, Sat. 27 Sep. 2014

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Come join KDCF Trail Day #3 to continue building the next leg of the T5 trail.

  • Date: Saturday 27 Sep. 2014
  • Time: 08:20 sharp
  • Location: Denai Harmoni Trailhead: N 3.18900, E 101.5842863.182094, 101.583663 which is about 200 meters down the road from the previously advertised start point.

It’s a bit of a challenge, we have to be honest. Reasonable fitness levels are required! As the trail work site is now deeper in the forest - it is a hike of about 2 plus km just to get to the head of the trail. Tools will be provided for those without, but if you have your own please bring them. No experience necessary.

Pat Brunsdon aka The Penghulu, our TRAKS trail experts will ease you into trail work with guidance along the way! Bring your own water, gloves, insect repellent.

We will meet at the entrance to Denai Harmoni at 08:20 am sharp, only 10 mn waiting around for stragglers unless you call us on 012 3520215 to get us to wait for you.

(Note that the start point has been amended from my original email as this is a better place for a large group to start. The new spot isa few hundred meters down the road.)

Root Cutting In Bukit Kiara - The Demise Of A Tree Due To Ignorant A**holes

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For every root someone cuts in Bukit Kiara, KDCF or anywhere else for that matter, the consequences are this. STOP CUTTING ROOTS. If you can’t ride over them, get off your bike and walk … or place some rocks nestled against it to fill in the gaps.

Thanks to one of our TRAKS members (Gillie), he documented the slow tilt of this particular tree after it’s lifeline was cut. This is on Snakes & Ladders.

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The tree in question is the back one. From here you can see it is already starting to tilt and the other root has cracked. Note the tree in front. It has rocks armoring the root which was done properly.

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A closer up shot of the cracked root and behind it, the root that was cut.

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Here’s a close up of the root that ultimately caused the demise of this tree.

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And then the need for our TRAKS members to have to repair the trail; something that wasn’t necessary if the root hadn’t been cut in the first place.

[Update: There’s 2 loops] Directions To KLMBH #240 EPIC @ Ulu Rening - 28 Sep. 2014

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  • Date: 28 September 2014
  • Venue: Ulu Rening
  • Time: 09:15 for the briefing, 09:30 for on on
  • Hares: William Lai (Loon), Yap Wei Hong, Winston Loo, Mike Phoon, Morris Montecruz, Lloyd Laughlin, Johnny Monteiro, Olivier Falcoz and Scott Roberts
  • GPS coordinates: 3.4631368, 101.6805804 (Google Map) / Waze

[Update]

Important: There is 2 loops

The Epic planning is now complete and your Hares are ready to treat you to a wild day. Total distance, without checking, is 45.2km and total elevation gain is 1,150m. This was achieved with a total of 10 recces; a back-breaking effort by your Hares. And we even rode the entire thing to make sure it was a) rideable and b) fun! It is!

Loop 1 will be 29.6km with 660m ascending. This loop will have several exposed sections with the sun beating down on your, but also a number of lovely shaded areas in orchards, palm and rubber estates. The first 2/3 of this loop will be a jamboree style ride with wide open trails, several exposed sections for the sun to relentlessly beat down on your, but also lovely orchards where you can ride fast through them. The other 1/3 will be old fashioned bashing/ adventure racing which will ultimately lead you back to the cars.

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Loop 2 will be 15.6km of riding with 490m of ascending. This will be 95% shaded and will be truly rewarding if you can survive Loop 1. Please bring sufficient water and energy supplements to top up with after the first loop so you can enjoy this one as well!!!

For both loops, it is critical you stay on paper and keep your eyes peeled for signs that we will be posting on the trails. Even if you hear people above or below you, or see people riding somewhere else parallel to you, STAY ON YOUR PAPER. You could inadvertently miss a lovely section of trail and a few extra kilometers of riding.

(via klmbh)

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The Bangkok Post: Cycling in the Malaysian playground | Bukit Kiara

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The Bangkok Post | Pongpet Mekloy | 18 Sep 2014

I’d long heard stories about Bukit Kiara, the major playground for mountain bikers in Malaysia’s capital, but until a recent two-day visit to Kuala Lumpur had never actually seen it with my own two eyes….

It was absolutely well worth the trip. I’m now back in Bangkok but the euphoria I felt during the ride on the Malaysian hill has still to fade. I flew to Kuala Lumpur with a good friend from Chiang Mai…

I flew to Kuala Lumpur with a good friend from Chiang Mai who has quite a few mountain biker friends in KL. The local riders, some of whom have visited Chiang Mai and ridden on Doi Pui and Doi Suthep more than once, were kind enough to not only join us for the ride but also provide us and our bikes with transportation between the hotel and Bukit Kiara. You have to be a mountain biker to realise that the borderless brotherhood between bikers is not just incredibly strong, but also genuine.

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On the first day, we arrived at Bukit Kiara late in the afternoon to try its downhill track. As an unfit rider from Thailand where downhillers are spoiled with the habit of taking a shuttle truck all the way up the mountain to the trailhead, I was intimidated by the thought of having to do the compulsory road climb on my heavy freeride bike. Thanks to the dropper seatpost, the double chainrings and the encouraging ride buddies, however, it turned out to be not that tough. In fact, it was enjoyable.

Somewhere high on the hill, we broke off from the paved road onto a narrow forest trail. It was only a short ride further up to the starting point of the DH track, but it was still pretty technical so I had to occasionally hop off the bike and push it up instead.

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Gliding down the track gathering speed and momentum, we were soon greeted with a number of gap jumps. One of them, known as the Shaolin Gap, was too scary for me so I decided to save my bones and use the chicken run. (What you see in the main photo taken by Damian Gerard is one of Fakawi Banshee Team racers and one of Malaysia’s best, Aaron Chan Chow Hee, effortlessly clearing the Shaolin Gap.)

Further down along the winding trails with several banked turns was a good flow through an evergreen forest. After a while we emerged to an open hillside with a steep gradient and lots of exposed roots. Luckily for me, it was dry that day so I had no problem coming down that section. If there had been rain, it would have been a different story.

After that the trail snakes into the shady woods again. Just as we were nearing the end of the track I was warned to stop and check out what lay ahead.

It was something that made the Shaolin Gap look tame: a series of drops (the first one over 2m tall) down a steep slope followed by a jump with a gap wide enough to park three cars side by side.

Of course, I had no shame opting for a detour. Even if I had time to do another run down the trail that evening, I don’t think I would try it.

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The next day we went back to Bukit Kiara to try some of its many cross country trails. Again, I was impressed. Too bad the Malaysian authorities don’t seem to realise that this place is a gem KL and Malaysia should be proud of. The sad fact is that this green area is constantly being nibbled away by “development” projects. Thanks to an NGO called TRAKS and the local biking community that have been strongly campaigning for the preservation of the hill’s forest and its trails, much of Bukit Kiara still remain in good natural condition. Let’s hope that their effort and dream to convince the government to keep this precious place permanently the way it is will soon come true.

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Bukit Kiara: Destruction On Boner Trail Resumes To The Benefit Of The Happy Few
Back in October 2013, we did alert the public about the Boner trail starting from Kiaramas Ayuria being destroyed in spite of the battle led by TRAKS, FoBK, MNS and others to - See The Battle To Save Bukit Kiara, A National Treasure - By Chui Lim.

After the works being halted for a year, destructions have resumed on both sides of the ridgeline facing Kiaramas Aruya and Kiaramas Danai condos, on the North-East part of Bukit Kiara. A massive clearing has been done lately. And we mean it, massive!
To the benefit of the happy few… If you wonder who, see video on Youtube…

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Bukit Kiara: Destruction On Boner Trail Resumes To The Benefit Of The Happy Few

Back in October 2013, we did alert the public about the Boner trail starting from Kiaramas Ayuria being destroyed in spite of the battle led by TRAKS, FoBK, MNS and others to - See The Battle To Save Bukit Kiara, A National Treasure - By Chui Lim.

After the works being halted for a year, destructions have resumed on both sides of the ridgeline facing Kiaramas Aruya and Kiaramas Danai condos, on the North-East part of Bukit Kiara. A massive clearing has been done lately. And we mean it, massive!

To the benefit of the happy few… If you wonder who, see video on Youtube

See previous coverage