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Biking: Way of life and well being | Borneo Put up On-line

The IKBN lecturers take a break throughout their ride-for-health at Lutong Seashore.

CYCLING has grow to be a well-liked interest in recent times in Sibu, as soon as often known as the bicycle capital of Sarawak.

Within the final decade or so, many individuals have made life-style adjustments and brought up biking to maintain in form in Kuching and Miri.

Nationwide and worldwide biking occasions have additionally spurred curiosity within the sport of biking.

thesundaypost met up with three lecturers and eager cyclists from Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara (IKBN) — Zul, Anis, and Shafiq. They take their Saturday biking day very significantly, pedalling from IKBN, off the Miri Baram Highway, to Lutong, Pulau Melayu and again to their school, taking three and 4 hours for the spherical journey — with a relaxation at Lutong Seashore.

In the course of the Motion Management Order (MCO), they practised social distancing and wore masks when out biking.

Tommy and his devoted Dalmatian.

Zul, a culinary arts instructor from Kelantan, has been instructing in IKBN for the previous seven years. He and his spouse, additionally from Kelantan, have loved their keep in Miri.

He mentioned biking is best suited for his calmly constructed physique.

“Mountain biking is an efficient sport, particularly on off-roads just like the Bakam Highway and the small kampung roads,” mentioned Zul, who has invested in an RM1,000 plus bike.

As Miri is reasonably flat, he and his associates would go to Lambir, Bakam, and even Bario for tougher rides.

They’ve joined some biking occasions however Zul mentioned using in small teams is finest for them in the meanwhile.


Biking life-style

Wong Meng Lei, a neighborhood Foochow historian and author, enjoys mountain biking. And up to now seven years, he has gone by means of two mountain bikes.

He cycles to work and, after knocking off at 5, will go for his long-distance trip earlier than heading residence. He selects numerous routes in Sibu and should trip as much as 60km each night.

He took a break through the MCO however resumed his routine when restrictions had been eased.

Wong is a busy man with a decent schedule. He determined to cycle to work seven years in the past to remain in form.

He lives in a suburb, about 5km from his workplace. Whereas biking to work, he has a water bottle on the prepared, wears a helmet, and carries a backpack.

At first, he solely had an odd bicycle, which didn’t final a 12 months. He then invested in a sturdier mountain bike, which he has been utilizing since — plus a second standby bike.

“I’ve spent fairly a bit on repairs and spare components. Over the previous seven years, these had price greater than the worth of the bike.

ZuI likes using on flat and hilly terrain.

“Biking is secure and to date, I haven’t had an accident,” mentioned Wong who has been recording the distances he coated in a logbook since he began biking. To date, he has logged 39,000km — 1,000km in need of circumventing the equator.

If he retains it up, he’ll quickly be finishing a trip all over the world — a seven-year accomplishment from the day he began biking.

“Life is like using a bicycle. To maintain your stability, you will need to preserve transferring,” he quoted Albert Einstein.

Wong’s previous workplace was spacious sufficient to accommodate his mountain bike however as his new workplace is on the primary flooring of the Methodist Constructing at Island Highway, Sibu, he has purchased a foldable bike.


Bicycle touring

One other biking fanatic Tommy Wong took up the interest in November 2013.

“The wet season put me off {golfing} and as I used to be eager to get some train, I joined the Kuching Nite Riders who had been into evening using as their identify steered. I used an aluminium US-made Iron Horse of the early 90s that I introduced again from Padang, Indonesia in 2004.

“The others within the group had flashy new street and mountain bikes and a few of them steered the very first thing I ought to do was to get a ‘respectable’ wanting bike if I had been severe about biking,” recalled Tommy, who was born in 1953.

After getting a brand new bike, a 2014 large XTC, and becoming a member of the Large Biking Group, he was quickly doing 60km comfortably.

However in 2014, a slipped disc put him out of motion. For 2 years, he relied on non-pervasive remedy similar to acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese language Natural medicines, and core again muscle strengthening remedy.

In March 2016, he was again within the saddle and joined the Bunga Driving Membership, a gaggle pedalling top-notch manufacturers like Colnagos, Bianchis, Specialised, and Cervelo.

There was one bike hand-painted by an Italian with a price ticket of RM67,000!

In June 2016, whereas in Melbourne, Tommy purchased a Cannondale Synapse Gran Fondo machine — a carbon bike weighing solely 7.6kg — and rode it throughout weekends to Damai, Muara Tebas, Sematan, Rambungan Ferry level, and the Borneo Highlands – over a distance of 60km to 100km.


Bicycle touring

His third bicycle was a Brompton Folding Bike. This handcrafted bike from England folds in lower than 10 seconds and is probably the most compact of all of the foldies.

Because the bike was painted white, Tommy named it Girl Godiva.

He took it to Penang for a using occasion and on his return to Kuching, painted the bike with black spots and patches, remodeling Girl Godiva into his “trusty Dalmatian”.

Anis enjoys mountain biking.

In November 2016, his Kuching Brompton Group (9 cyclists) went on a leisurely bike tour in Australia — from Perth to Margaret River, passing by means of the cities of Mandurah, Bunbury, and Busselton in a record-cold Spring however the surroundings was stunning. Additionally they obtained to benefit from the excellent high quality of the pink wine from the 100 plus vineyards of Margaret River.

On the subsequent tour, he and 5 associates spent 11 days touring the northern areas of Luzon Island, the Philippines, from the tip of February 2017.

Tour captain Clifford Augustin Juan, a Filipino architect residing in Kuching, organized the trip from Tuguegarao, Pagudpud, Bangui the place they noticed large windmills for the primary time, to Laoag Metropolis, Vigan Heritage Metropolis, and Baguio.


Different excursions

Moreover residence outings to Mukah, Bintulu, Miri, and Sibu, Tommy additionally rode his Dalmatian in Melbourne, Singapore, and the 2017 Penang Spherical Island CFAL.

The group made a facet journey to Langkawi earlier than the Penang occasion, taking the inaugural AirAsia direct flight from Kuching to the Jewel of Kedah and had been greeted by the state govt chairman for native tourism and garlanded with flowers.

In October 2017, they toured Aruk, Sambas, Singkawang, and Pontianak and this was adopted up with Bali in June the next 12 months.

Different 2018 excursions included a visit to Kota Kinabalu, Penang (spherical Island CFAL trip), Beijing, Bangkok, and again to Penang.

Lengthy-distance tour-biker Simon Sandi was among the many group for the Bangkok to Penang trip. Retiree Peter Lai additionally joined the 1,502km bike tour.

Their mixed age at the moment was 189 years previous. They spent 21 days travelling southwards from Bangkok, passing Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chomphon, Surat Thani, Hat Yai, and Padang Besar.

They celebrated with a chilly native beer after every day’s trip.

In Thailand, they went for cheap lodgings, together with staying in tents on 5 events. A scary incident was once they camped by the seashore one evening and a tropical storm blew up round 4am.

Their tents had been almost blown into the ocean however they managed to interrupt camp and rode off at midnight — soaked and drenched.

That they had 5 relaxation days through the journey.


The fourth bicycle

Tommy purchased his fourth bike, a Chromoly metal machine devoted for bike touring, for the Bangkok-to-Penang tour.

In November 2019, he and his associates had been invited to an all-expenses-paid journey, sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, which coincided with the tip of their Thai outing.

There have been 50 Brompton individuals from Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, and Malaysia. Tommy was the one one from Sarawak.

In December 2018, he rode in Singapore with new associates from the Bali occasion. They did a midnight trip, beginning at 10.30pm and ending at 4.15am.

“It was an ideal expertise,” he mentioned.

The 12 months 2019 noticed Tommy biking in Kota Kinabalu, Zhu Hai, Shekou, Shenzhen, Gold Coast/Brisbane, Taipei/Taichung/Hua Lien.

In December that very same 12 months, he took half in a 21-day 1,200km tour of Sri Lanka together with his Thai tour buddy Simon Sandi, retired Singaporean marine engineer KC Auyeong, and Malacca-born Tony Gan, a retired headmaster from a college in Kudat, Sabah.

The group soaked up the gorgeous and contrasting sights of the host nation. The Buddhist majority Sri Lankans are a pleasant, courteous and welcoming.

Tommy and his associates on a biking tour.

In February this 12 months, 10 cyclists from Wong’s Morning Hills Trip Group toured Biawak/Aruk, Sambas, Singkawang. In the course of the journey, they witnessed a Chap Goh Mei celebration, describing it as a mystical expertise, not for the faint-hearted.

Mediums in a trance carried out unbelievable acts like piercing their cheeks with a four-foot sword or slamming their derrières with the tip of a spear.

One of many performers carried two bicycle wheels –- one on all sides of his face — hanging on a metal rod pierced by means of his cheeks.

“I feel a last-minute bicycle-related the act was put up for our leisure,” Tommy quipped.



When the MCO was relaxed, 10 cyclists from the Kuching Hills Trip group rode from Kuching to Sibu alongside the coastal street and stayed in a single day in Maludam, Sarikei and Sibu. It took them three days to cowl the 350km route however solely 4  hours and 45 minutes to get again by categorical boat.

On the time of writing, Tommy was wanting ahead to his subsequent trip from Aug 26-30. The plan was for eight of The Hills Riders to take the categorical boat on the Pending wharf earlier than persevering with their biking expedition alongside the roughly 560km coastal street from Tanjung Manis to Miri, with in a single day stops in Daro, Mukah, Bintulu, and Batu Niah, reaching in Miri on Aug 30.

Because the Brunei border continues to be closed, the lap from Brunei to Kudat, Sabah, must wait.

“Biking is basically good for you. It makes you’re feeling youthful — all my biking mates are a lot youthful than I — builds up your cardiac and normal well being and reduces stress. One particular enchancment for me is that my knees have grow to be stronger,” Tommy mentioned.


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