Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Kuantan DH Track

20 minutes of cranking up steep tarmac to enjoy this descent!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cameron Highlands Ride - 26 Dec 2008

SAFRA AVVENTURA 2009 - Rough Ramble

Start point, 7am, Dairy Farm Quarry.

Max was nice enough to drop us off at about 5am.... and return at 5.30 to pass Ling her bib... and come out from home again at 6.15am to pass Ling her helmet.
Before, that LT had to dig out a Gatorade bike bottle from home for Ling, and made his wife stand outside the house at 6am with a Helmet.. waiting for Ling.
The race hadn't started and the cock-up counter was already at #4.

7.15am Flag off!
We take off on foot and turn right at Dairy Farm road. Enter BT MTB Trail in reverse at the Barrier and run towards the Quarry. We were almost last at that point.
Pick up our bikes and Chiong BT in reverse!
Revenge of the MTBers! We're going full bore, with Ling yelling "ON YOUR RIGHT! ON YOUR RIGHT!" Well, sometimes we were on the left, or along a singletrack, but it doesn't matter... they crash out when they hear the yelling anyway.
We meet Esther before the big step staircase...
poor Esther... her chain snapped and she had to backtrack, searching for her chain on the trail. Passed her a SRAM quicklink, and took off, looking for her partner. Found him near Boulder City! He really should have stuck with her.
Head to veggie farm...
where we see Soon and Yew Weng's teams! They were flagged off 15 mins earlier, but Open Mixed teams who showed up had priority of the Open Mens. Too bad....
Mystery Test
was to solve one side of Rubik' cube while being carried by the other Team member. We chose the heavier member to be carried by the weaker one. So Ling got onto my back.

Priceless ...
Was the look on the Ang Mo mixed team who were ahead of us, when we solved the puzzle way before them! Took off on bike to Asrama, our NS and biking backyard! Yee haaaa!
While searching for Hill 265 checkpoint,
We met Soon, Chong, LT and Walter. While chatting, we missed the gravel turnoff on the left, and went up the next one instead, a tortuous uphill climb. Made it to the top, but it was fenced off for roadworks. Oops! That was the start of Mandai hell. We were lost and circling the area for what seemed like eternity.
To cut a long story (with expletives) short,
We finished the 3 tasks in that area (and failed to keep my shoes dry) and headed out the main gate on foot, running the entire distance from Hill 265 to Yishun!
I dunno how Ling managed it, after doing MOST of the running at Hill 265.

I hates it when my feets gets wet!!

la la la la... the water feels so nice and cool....

This is how you do the team biathlon

OK... aim for that bump .. OUCHHH!!!

yee haaaa... managed to hold off the other mixed team
until we reach the Kayak checkpoint

and we leave them smelling our wake...
...but they overtake us at the end of the run to Safra

I'll climb the ladder, while you nurse your cramps, Ming
its a long climb...

Yikes... this is kinda spastic..

okay... tag! You take over, Ming!
Brave try Ling... you did good!

Did I say its a looong climb?

The first place team (were you expecting to see out faces instead?)
We placed 10th for the Open Mixed category.
Disappointed ? Yes.
How could we have gotten lost??
Had fun? Definitely YES!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Record 372 participants compete in one of the toughest adventure races in Singapore - the SAFRA AVventura, Rough Ramble

(Article from Redsports.Sg)

January 12, 2009
Participants crossing the water at Lorong Asrama. (Photo courtesy of SAFRA)

Sunday, January 10, 2009 - Participants of the SAFRA AVventura, Rough Ramble had to run, bike, kayak, scale a towering 25m rope ladder, sport climb, rope ascend, abseil down rugged slopes with their bikes slung over their shoulders, and clear a jungle trail and water crossing in one of the toughest adventure races held in Singapore.
The SAFRA AVventura, currently into its third edition, has also grown to be one of the largest adventure races in Singapore since its debut in 2006. A record 372 racers representing 186 teams competed in the race yesterday morning. This marked a more than 10 percent increase from the 336 adventure enthusiasts who had competed in the Coastal Challenge in September 2007.Chairman of the Organising Committee Mr Kenneth Tan commented: “The popularity of adventure racing in Singapore has been growing steadily in recent years. Besides that, the organising committee for the SAFRA AVventura has also put in extra effort to introduce new elements and new challenges to the race each year. With that, we have been able to draw an increasing number of participants.”
Organised by SAFRA Yishun Country Club and known by adventure enthusiasts in Singapore for its challenging race routes over rugged terrain, the SAFRA AVventura this year took participants from the dirt tracks of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve to new virgin territory such as Lorong Asrama where teams had to navigate, bike, run, rope ascend and abseil down steep rugged slopes together with their bikes.
For the very first time, participants of the Open and Novice categories also had to climb a record 25m and 18m rope ladder respectively, before abseiling down the SAFRA Adventure Sports Centre climbing wall. Participants of the Youth category were also surprised with a shooting challenge at the SAFRA Yishun Indoor Air Weapons Range.
The actual race route, which was only revealed to participants just before the race, covered a total distance of some 50km for the Open and Novice categories, and approximately 40km for the Youth category, which fully challenged the physical endurance, navigation skills and teamwork of the racers.
To inject some fun into the adrenaline rush, participants also had to clear two mystery challenges where they had to solve the Rubik’s Cube while being piggy-backed by their team-mate at Zhenghua Park, and note a series of markers planted along Lorong Asrama to crack a secret code.
Mr Kenneth Tan, Chairman of the Organising Committee, commented: “We took the race up a notch this year to be one of the toughest adventure races in Singapore for participants who may want to challenge themselves against a much tougher race route. Besides increasing the total distance covered, we also introduced new elements such as the 25m rope ladder climb which is the highest done thus far.”
Mr Alex Chan, Chairman of Singapore Sports Council, was Guest-of-Honour at the prize presentation ceremony held at SAFRA Yishun Country Club.
The Men’s Open category was once again won by defending champions Tan Yeow Chung and Eng Yew Kiang who took top place at the SAFRA AVventura – Coastal Challenge in 2007. They completed the race in just 3 hours 48 minutes 12 seconds, the fastest timing in the race.
Thirty-three-year-old NSman Tan Yeow Chung commented: “The race is a lot more challenging and fun this year, especially the biking leg. The route is also safe.”
The Novice Men category was won by Goh Eng Wei and Ong Tian Chang. “The jungle biking trail was very challenging as there were many obstacles that we had to overcome,” commented Goh.
Team ‘We Love the Muffin Man’ made up of national swimmer Christel Fung Shufen, 16, and triathlete Joash Chong, 18, won the Youth Mixed category with a timing of 4:13:37.
Christel Fung said: “This is a totally new experience for me. I did not expect the race to be so tough and challenging, especially for the running segment from Mandai Road as we did not know the destination or how long we had to run.”

The winners of the Men’s Open category: Eng Yew Kiang (Left) and Tan Yeow Chung. (Photo © Les Tan/Red Sports)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lucky Break wasted

The Amazing Race Asia
Season 3
Episode 10

Episode 10 is one nerve-racking episode especially when Vince didn't finished the roadblock... and penalized for 4 hours. If Fuz finished the roadblock they will be spared and become 1 of the final 3 and Hong Kong will be eliminated. I guess they wasted a "Lucky Break" but still I'm proud of the Singaporean Team because they've come this far almost they could taste victory... great example Singaporean Team to the others who hoped to join the next season.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Talking Car

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

BikeAsia 100

100km Mountain Bike Race

A photoblog

Pinoy Beauty #404

Android on his 29" Single Speed.

Where's my Roti Prata?

Oops! Tinker's got it.

Burst of energy after eating that stuff.

The Race was called off at the 4th hour due to Thunderstorms and Lightning that was too close for comfort.

We were fried by the morning sun, but that's better than being fried by a lightning bolt.

Tinker's Race bike. Perfect tire choice!

Tampines Race Track Intro Video

What went through my mind during the race :

Running start - "Hmm... this running feels good, why are the rest so slow?"

Lap 1 - 41:23 min - "Ahh.. sweet.. avoided the cluster f's and bottlenecks. Keep pumping!"
Lap 2 - 39:46 min - "OK.. keep cranking hard to gain some time. Hmmm I don't understand... the legs still feel good...weird..."
Lap 3 - 42:03 min - "Slurrrrp! WTF! Camelbak's empty! puff puff... wheeze"
Lap 4 - 45:34 min - "Too hot! Too hot! Gimme Gatorade! ...hmmmm, riders are dropping like flies."
Lap 5 - 57:55 min - "Arggghhh.. leg cramps.. OK.. stand here and pretend to wave Tinker by. OK.. let's ride.. arrggghhh... cramp again!"
Lap 6 - Race off - "go slow... go slow...get the legs back.... its nice and cool now with the rain..... Race cancelled? Whooo weee!!! "

What might have gone through Tinker's mind :

Running start - "Hey, why are these guys running so fast? They're nuts"
1 - 28:20 min - "Wow.... this trail sure is narrow..."
2 - 28:36 min - "La la la la.... Teletubbies... Tinker, Dipsy, Lala, Po....."
3 - 29:34 min - "Oops... here are the slow ones... on your right! thanks. "
4 - 30:09 min - "Holeee... where did rider #3 come from? He must be a fresh duo guy"
5 - 30:35 min - "Overtaking for the 220th time. This is tricky stuff...... Hey..... who swapped my Turkey Sandwich with a Greasy Roti Prata?"
6 - 30:13 min - "On your right.. Noooooo.. don't stop on the plank!! Splat!
7 - 29:37 min - "Hi Ming, lapping you for the 2nd time.... Why are you just standing there?"
8 - 29:48 min - "OK.. lets step it up for the last 2 laps.. what? The race is called off?... dagnabbit!"

A big thank you for our pit crew for their hard work before, during and after the race!

Tinker, you're a true Champion and a Gentleman. BikeAsia / CannAsia could not have picked a better ambassador for this race. :)

Pics borrowed from here:

Noel Chian

Pinoy Riders


See ya next year!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Make 5 Wishes

Just discovered Avril Lavigne's "Make 5 Wishes". Damn...