06 December 2009

Kuala Lumpur Mountain Bike Carnival 2009

The 2009 edition of Kuala Lumpur Mountain Bike Carnival was held on 21 and 22 Nov 2009 ago.

It was held at Bukit Kiara trails, where the first half of the loop was climbing... lots of them, including technical climbs, several switchback climbs and triple deckers climbs.

I was getting ready for the race for the last 2 months before the event. I was doing simulated indoor riding based on the Carnival trail elevation, riding intervals and a bit of strength training. Two and half week before the event, I lost 2 kilograms. Things were looking good.

Nope!! I had a stupid crash two weeks prior to the race. I felt down a 12 feet ravine when the rock where I stepped on slip. Apart from lots of cuts and bruises, my left knee had an internal bleeding.. ouch! After seeing the doctor, thank God nothing broken or tear. However, she serious advised me not to do hard riding within 3 weeks. Well.. there goes my chance to be competitive in this year race.

However, I watched the 2-day race and captured lots of photos; 215 in total and here are some for your eyes.

All the photos are not touched up, except for resizing and rotating. This time I'm lazy to label my photos, but they are still mine... hahahehehh..! However, if you are interested on having them, please contact me.

I also have more photos in higher resolution on my harddrives, so again if you're interested, please contact me.

[KLMBC's sponsors printed on t-shirt]

[Start of 18-30 years men's category - Seeding]

[Toward the end - Triple terrace downhill]

[The continuation after the triple terrace drop...]

[Start of Elite Women's category]

[18-30 men's category - Final]

[My friend, Megat, pumping on the technical climb]

[... and he made it, bravo!]

[...but many just pushed up]

[One of my favourite photos - SY climbing up the switchback]

[Another one of my favourite photos - Rider coming down after triple terrace downhill]

03 December 2009

2010 MTB World Cup Calendar

UCI just released the mountain bike (cross-country [XC], downhill [DH] and four-cross [4X]) World Cup, World Championships calendar as listed below. It also includes the European Championship and Marathon XC World Championship.

24 - 25 Apr 2010: Dalby Forest, Great Britain (XC).

1 - 2 May 2010: Houffalize, Belgium (XC, 4X).

15 - 16 May 2010: Maribor, Slovenia (DH, 4X).

22 - 23 May 2010: Offenburg, Germany (XC).

5 - 6 Jun 2010: Fort William, Great Britain (DH, 4X).

19 - 20 Jun 2010: Schladming, Austria (DH, 4X).

7 - 10 Jul 2010: XC European Championships, Haifa, Israel.

24 - 25 Jul 2010: Champery, Switzerland (XC, DH).

31 July - 1 Aug 2010: Val di Sole, Italy (XC, DH, 4X).

8 Aug 2010: Marathon XC World Championships, St. Wendel, Germany.

28 - 29 Aug 2010: Windham, USA (XC, DH, 4X).

31 Aug - 5 Sep 2010: Mont-Ste-Anne, Canada (World Championship - XC, DH, 4X)

Hhmmm.. why don't they have it in Asia at least? All the venues are more than 4000 kilometers away from Malaysia.

Anyway, I truthly hope the local 2010 Kuala Lumpur Mountain Bike Carnival in Bukit Kiara will not be held in monsoon season i.e in October - December period; how about in September?