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Merdeka Ride

2013 Merdeka ride I Galway-Tullamore-Dubin from naz on Vimeo.

 

Merdeka Ride 2013 Participants – Shaf, Mael, Appan, Borhan, Amm, Hans, Ardy, Faizal, Arif, Owein, Aeran, Edrin, Nurul, Yaiz, Ateeq, Fazly, Naza, Zekri

All the planning by Ardy – brainstorming with club officers, weekend outings, sportives – had reached its crescendo. Our maiden cross country tour – the gruelling 240km West to East Coast Merdeka (Independence Day) Ride – showcasing all that is good and great about our young club. The inextricable link with Malaysia and Ireland, both nations connected by a similar past of colonialism and eventual self-determination, a history to be acknowledged and celebrated.

Dublin and various other counties saw a temporary exodus of a few of their denizens late Friday evening, as the above made their way by truck, bus or train to the City of Tribes, Galway, chosen as the starting point for our inaugural trip. On hand to receive us was Chef Saad, who cooked up a storm for the hungry travellers. Thanks to our resourceful Amm, our lodgings with Sleepzone were sorted and we looked forward to the next day with a mixture of excitement and quiet determination.

The atmosphere in Eyre Square in the morning was a merry one, full of cheer. Some of our Malaysian friends were there to send us off, with Dr Nazir given the honour of presenting us with the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian National Flag), which we will carry with us to our final destination for the official Embassy ceremony at Malaysia Hall.

The initial ride was interspersed with scheduled short stops in Craughwell and Loughrea, whilst there was the Garda-assisted passage through Ballinasloe followed by the short but much-appreciated break in Athlone courtesy of Rahmat. After Moate and Clara, we descended upon what must be one of the best lodgings in the Midlands (www.grennanscountryhouse.ie) in so far as we were concerned. Thank you to Deirdre and Pat who were the most gracious of hosts and again to Amm who found this gem hitherto unbeknownst to us. Even their two dogs, a collie called Oscar and a black bullmastiff called Bruno, welcomed us and found us particularly amusing. A sumptious meal of pasta and noodles were kindly provided by Fida, Yaiz’s wife, and we went to bed satisfied and contented.

We were greeted with a hale and hearty breakfast on Sunday morning, but sadly as we were conscious of time, we had to bid farewell to our new friends. Before long we were back on the road again, passing towns in quick succession – Kilbeggan, Tyrrellspass, Kinnegad, Kilcock, Lucan and finally on to our final destination in Ranelagh. Throughout the road trip, the reassuring presence of Azri and his white Putra Venture truck shadowed us and gave us the moral and undoubtedly strategic support that we needed whilst enduring the long and arduous stretches of unforgiving asphalt. By default, as I’m sure all would agree, he was the 19th man in this journey and for that we must thank him.

We were making good time as we made our way through relatively light weekend Dublin traffic until a catastrophic puncture befell our young Arif on the home stretch. Thankfully many hands make light work, and we were back on the saddle again, with aching muscles and tired feet, and not forgetting painful derriers as well. Under cloudy skies, we arrived in Leeson Park, the focal point of our celebrations. We were ushered through a cacophony of adoring family and friends, as well as officials from the Embassy and Education Malaysia. The flag raising ceremony was accompanied by a rousing rendition of our national anthem which made the occasion both poignant and a source of pride. All in unison and pitch perfect. We were brothers bonded by our shared passion for this sport that we love and what better way to celebrate it than in this occasion.

Utmost thanks to Mr Azhan, Mr Mohammad and Mr Kamarool for gracing our event and to our loving family and friends for your unstinting support. Perhaps as rightly said, there might be similar trips in the years ahead but it is the first one that will always be fondly remembered. May Allah bless us one and all. Ameen.

Prepared by ZH

Cycle4Life Appeal – Aid tour

Cycle4Life Appeal

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On the 7th of June 2014, 2 of Kembara cyclists participated in Cycle4Life Appeal sportive held in aid of Temple Street Children Hospital. It was first held in 2012 and after two years, this event has raised Eu350,000 and counting. All of the amount raised will be used to improve and provide the state-of-the-art facilities in Temple Street Children Hospital.

It is difficult to give this kind of event a miss, hence, Shaf and me made our way on that cloudy morning towards Dunboyne. The atmosphere was electric, with bands entertaining the crowds, families and children are enjoying the chilly but dry morning, cyclists sipping coffee and tea before flag off. We saw Dan Martin, Irish professional cyclist, hanging around and we took the opportunity to take a picture or two with this living legend. Such a humble person and very approachable.

The event was divided to three categories. Family route is a leisure 3km cycle, suitable for beginners and children who came to support the more serious cyclists in the house. Medium route is a 55km loop, passing Tara Hill. It is designed for those who prefer a decent spin. Needless to say, both of us opted for this route, considering we haven’t had any proper training. The advanced route is a 104km cycle, and that’s all that I knew about this route.

It was pretty tiring as we approach 50km mark, but the rest of the route are quite generous, with the exception of Tara Hill. My introduction to Tara Hill include a 10m walk pushing the bicycle up the hill as both my gastrocnemius muscles accumulated too much lactate resulting in cramps. It was quite reassuring to see that I was not the only cyclist resorted to that. Shaf, on the other hand, tackled that hill with relative ease.

Having worked in Temple Street Hospital, I recognized few familiar faces on the day itself, some of them participated, and most of them came down to give support. Without any doubt, this initiative is highly commendable, as I am the witness to the newly refurbished Top Flat Surgical ward in Temple Street Hospital. It is much more spacious, comfortable, with a proper lighting and most importantly complete with the facilities to ensure highest quality medical and surgical management for the unfortunate children.

They deserve the best, and cycle4life initiative made it happen!

Next year, I hope that there will be more representatives from our beloved club in this fundraising event and as a club, we can play our part in making sure that this noble effort will continue to be a success.

Dr. Ruzaimi Ramza Ramli

Tri-the-Hook Adventure Series

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Kembara Cycling Club takes pride in it’s motto to foster stronger relationship (ukhwah) through sport (riadah), and on Saturday the 16th of August 2014, I took the opportunity to introduce Kembara and it’s motto to an uncharted water of triathlon (at least to the members of Kembara). This engagement brought me to a small town called Fethard-on-sea on the majestic Hook Peninsular.

Yvonne, a Clinical Audiologist in Beaumont Hospital, and I took part as a relay team in TritheHook sprint triathlon. It consists of 750m swim, 20km cycle, and 5km run. This event has been selected as the Leinster Regional championship race, part of the Inaugural Regional Championships.

Since this is a race event, I had to temporarily obtain a license in order to participate. I never felt so nervous and all of the participants were so focused on the race. It’s nothing like how we start our sportive cycling events. There was no smile at all at the starting line, as all of them are in this race to win it.

Yvonne started the race very well with the 750m swim and I was waiting at the transition zone to get the ‘time chip’ from her before making a dash towards the bicycle. As soon as the handover was done, I had to run with the bicycle for about 500m to the safe area to mount on the bicycle and start cycling.

The route was technically challenging as it is quite hilly and there’s a drafting rule applied. Cyclists are not allowed to draft behind another cyclist and there is 15 seconds window period to overtake. Failure to adhere to the rule will result in 30seconds penalty.

For a very short period of time, I thought I was doing well at 20-25km/h, but that joy was short lived as one by one cyclists on TT bike overtook me with ease.

I completed the slightly over 20km cycle in just over an hour time and quickly passed the time chip back to Yvonne. She ran the 5km course and we completed our first experience in triathlon in 1 hour and 49minutes. Not bad at all for beginners. It wasn’t tiring but the experience is very valuable. I got to know how a race was organized, and how well trained and fit triathletes are.

That brought me to the question, should I do triathlon?

I wasn’t thinking of doing triathlon, but certainly this experience changed my view on this sport. My short stint in that event was mainly to help previous colleague of mine in the sprint triathlon relay. In doing so, it introduced me to the next challenge.

Maybe, one day.

 

Dr. Ruzaimi Ramza Ramli

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Kembara Extra-Ordinary General Meeting

This EGM is an important constitutional gathering of Kembara’s members to hear about the progress of the Club, recent and on-going developments and to discuss further on the future of the Club due to the recent unfortunate event occurred to one of our beloved member. The meeting also provide a forum for members to put forward their ideas and their implementations for the future of the club.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

DUE TO THE UNFORTUNATE EVENT HAD BEFALLEN OUR CLUB LAST SUNDAY 30TH OF APRIL 2014, WE ARE SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE SUSPENDING ALL CLUB’S CYCLING ACTIVITIES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WEEKEND RIDE, BPSR, TOUR OF WICKLOW, TOUR OF CONNEMARA, CYCLE4LIFE AND OTHERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WE ARE AWARE THAT THIS MAY CAUSE INCONVENIENCE AND DISAPPOINTMENT, BUT THE RECENT EVENT OCCURRED TO OUR BELOVED AND HIGHLY RESPECTED MEMBER OF OUR CLUB HAS DECIDEDLY CAST A CLOUD OF GLOOM UPON US ALL. WE DO NOT BELIEVE IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO CONDUCT ANY CYCLING ACTIVITIES AT THIS VERY MOMENT.

 

WE ASK THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SPEND TIME TO PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. THIS IS A VERY TOUGH TIME BUT KNOWING HIM THROUGHOUT OUR TIMES TOGETHER, WE KNOW HE IS A FIGHTER AND A GOOD COMRADE.

 

HOWEVER, SHOULD YOU WISH TO CYCLE ON YOUR OWN, THE CLUB WILL HAVE NO RIGHT TO STOP YOU BUT PLEASE ADHERE AND OBSERVE ALL SAFETY ASPECTS WHILE CYCLING, INDOOR AND/OR OUTDOOR, OFFROAD AND/OR ONROAD ETC.

 

THE CLUB WILL TRY TO UPDATE WITH HIS LATEST CONDITIONS FROM TIME TO TIME AND WILL ADVISE YOU ACCORDINGLY REGARDING OUR ACTIVITIES.

 

THE OFFICERS 2014