Virtual Tour 28: Cameron Highlands from Simpang Pulai

The road from Simpang Pulai to Blue Valley is part of the second East-West Highway completed in 2004. 56km / 35mi of the route below is on Federal Route 185 before the right turn onto Federal Route 59 to Brinchang. There is much less development along this road (translate that as places to stop for … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 28: Cameron Highlands from Simpang Pulai"

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Virtual Tour 27: Cameron Highlands from Tapah

The Cameron Highlands is one of Malaysia’s most extensive hill stations. The Cameron Highlands were named after William Cameron, a British explorer and geologist who mapped the area in 1885. In 1925 a Survey Department report confirmed that tea could be grown in the area. This provided the impetus to build a road from Tapah … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 27: Cameron Highlands from Tapah"

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Virtual Tour 24: Ride to Schiphol

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport aka Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands. Before 1852, the entire polder of Haarlemmermeer in which the airport lies was a large lake with some shallow areas. 17% of the country’s current land area has been reclaimed from the sea or lakes. Schiphol is 50km / 31mi from Den Haag. A nice distance for a summer’s evening ride. … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 24: Ride to Schiphol"

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Virtual Tour 12: Getting from A to B on a Bicycle in the Netherlands

Regular readers know that I lived in the Netherlands for about two years. I miss it. The Netherlands really is a cyclist-friendly country. There are a number of reasons for this. Firstly a form of strict liability is the law in the Netherlands for bicycle-motor vehicle accidents. If a car collides with a cyclist, the driver’s insurer is … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 12: Getting from A to B on a Bicycle in the Netherlands"

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Virtual Tour 10: The Ronde van Vlaanderen

Den Haag (The Hague) in the Netherlands was my home from 2010 to 2012. The Belgian border is about 100km / 62km to the south. Belgium is home to some of the most prestigious one-day professional road cycling races. Including one of the five biggest, collectively known as the Monuments. The Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).is … Continue reading "Virtual Tour 10: The Ronde van Vlaanderen"

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Ride # 1: 02 January 2019

The first ride on 2019 was from where Brian lives to Putrajaya and back. Putrajaya is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.  The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya.  Kuala Lumpur had by then become overcrowded and congested because of rapid urban development.  Things haven’t improved since. Architects and city planners started with … Continue reading "Ride # 1: 02 January 2019"

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RIDE # 173: 24 DECEMBER 2018

The Rapha Festive 500 challenge kicked off today.  Ride 500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. I had a pre-dawn start under a bright gibbous moon.  I rode a meandering route south-west to the coast, following the Langat River where possible. The Langat River this close to the sea is tidal.  The morning … Continue reading "RIDE # 173: 24 DECEMBER 2018"

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RIDE # 165: 09 DECEMBER 2018

Today’s ride was the Cameron Highlands KOM Challenge.  This was a roughly 1,800 metres / 5,900 feet climb over 58km / 23.6mi from Simpang Pulai to Cameron Highlands.  The Cameron Highlands is named after William Cameron, who surveyed the area in 1885.  In 1925 the British colonial administration started developing the area into a hill … Continue reading "RIDE # 165: 09 DECEMBER 2018"

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Speaking of challenges . . . .

Among my cycling highlights for this year are discovering you good folk at Cycle 365 and participating in the various challenges. A yearend challenge I have pursued since 2014 is the Rapha Festive 500.  The challenge is to ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  To provide some incentive, Rapha sends everyone who completes the … Continue reading "Speaking of challenges . . . ."

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