Some people love it but frankly speaking this year, I hate it. Last 2 years kayuh lasak I attended, I love them.
More money they spend on dinner and lucky draw, lesser money they spent on the ride and track. They gave the cheapest water refill, even that, at 2nd water station, they dared to say that they run out of water and the supply was on the way! For the first time organiser, the reason is ok, but we are taking about the one of oldest cycling organiser in Malaysia! And also no energy drink.
They gave the best medal but the lousiest and the cheapest T-Shirt for the year 2011. The size of the T-shirt follow Pasar Malam stall, the XL looks like M to me.
This is no longer a jamboree. Previous years, 2009 and 2010 the ride were about you and your will to complete the course. You were allowed to complete even after 3pm. This year, even you arrive at CP5 at 12pm+, they asked you to skip all others CPs and headed straight to finishing line for CP9 sticker.
Facts from my garmin without CP 6,7 and 8:
- Distance: 31.1 km (50.49 km 2010) (42km 2009)
- Total ascent/descent: 1244m (1532m 2010) (1620m 2009)
- Calories: 3106 (4326 2010) (4191 2009)
- Highest peak: 384m (580m 2010) (746m 2009)
If the same format remains for next year, my advise is: If you think you can collect all CP stickers OR you want to attend the dinner, please join again next year, if not, a lot of other events you can choose.
This year I’m very selective in attending cycling events and Kayuh Lasak was top on my list but after this, it is not anymore.
Final note: My life, my stories, my views. You may agree or you may not.
Unnecessary queue for river crossing. Wasting 45 minutes for this. Faces of frustration!
My friend reached CP5 at 12pm but was asked to skip other CPs! He can run marathon 42km and surely he can finish the ride.
The only beauty of the event, the medal.