Preparing for the NTU Bike Rally 2008

I got hit by a bug and abandoned a bunch of rides to try out my newly serviced bike in preparation for the NTU Bike Rally 2008. This included this morning’s planned ride to Changi for the opening of the Ketam Mountain Biking Trail. Just no energy. I will try a slow ride tomorrow morning instead.

With my seven-year old plastic saddle finally beginning to tear apart, I had listened with great interest when Theodore and Chu Wa, two of my Cycling in Singapore blog kakis, told me about the comfort and suspension offered by the Brooks Champion Flyer, hmmm.

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With the scorching sun making me nervous about coping during the upcoming bike rally, I revisited information from previous rides this morning, including:

(1) My “Recipe for along ride” checklist. Updated this 2002 page.

(2) The annotated photos and route timings from the rain and cloud moderated 160km NTU Bike Rally ride in 2003.

(3) Photos from the NTU Bike Rally 2004, a much warmer ride.

(4) The SMS’ to Kevin during last year’s blazing hot Bike Rally. I had left the messages in my phone to give me an idea of the heat and distance we struggled with that day – I had to pour water on my head to cool off! I copied out the SMS’ with BluePhoneElite 2.

SMS’ on 27 May 2007: Timings and remarks at rest points

  • Start at ECP, 7.45am-ish.
  • Labrador, ?8.45am – Dst 21.2km, Tms 1:03, Avs 19.9 km/h.
  • NTU, 9.47am – Burning hot sun! 42km, at NTU now. Next stop, Kranji. [Dst 42.93km, Tms 2:05, Avs 20.6 km/h, Mxs 35 km/h.]
  • Kranji, 11.17am – Reached Kranji, 58km. Rain cloud covered the sun, Phew! Wish I had activated my twitter account [Kevin starts posting to twitter]. 70km more to go. [Dst 57.82km, Tms 2:45:06, Avs 21.0 km/h, mxs 46.0 km/h]
  • Yishun, 12.46pm – At Yishun Stadium, special resupply by Kok Min Yee with a good lunch. Some students have dropped out. Heat came back. Ladybug hit by cramps, a bit of Deep Heat and recovered! I am holding out okay. These kids are half my age! [Dst 74.85km, Tms 3.35.56, Avs 20.8 km/h.]
  • Sengkang Sec, 2.02pm – 90km break pt. Had cramps since the 80km point. Eased off pace and nursed myself to this rest point. All that isotonic drinks better kick in. Passed Seletar, Punggol, Sengkang. Ground is baking! Must find my second wind, dont want to end up on the bus! NTU Sports Club provided a bus and lorry to ferry tired cyclists andd their bikes to the next rest point. [Dst 89.34km, Tms 4:24:38, Avs 20.3 km/h]
    • Had to loosen helmet, heat expansion! Poured water on helmet too. Just hit the park connector, will get cooler!
    • Changi and East Coast Parks at the edges are really serene.
  • Changi Beach Park, 4.20pm – Passed 100km mark, last leg. Changi coastal road. Student reporters sourcing stories! [See Nanyang Chronicle] Ladybug was dying during the last leg but made it! She had hopped on a dusty bike that morning and come along [Dst 108.09km, Tms 5:26:10, Avs 19.9 km/h]
  • East Coast Park, ~5.30pm, 123km – Cycling since 7am. Great job by the NTU undergrads! [Dst 122.94km, Tm 6:18:00, Avs 19.5km/h, Mxs 46 km/h]

See also what the bladers (Team Speed Virus)wrote – a full length poem!!

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