Tuesday, 19 August 2014

LEFTY RIDGE - PART 1 Behind the trails name.

The trails now is on tee shirts design - out for sale for trail maintenance fund raising. Photo by Jak Lefty

We were glad, when we were told that, the trail network has been publicly shared on social media and appreciated by a very nice Persatuan from the other side of "the wall". 

And they are the one who actually built the ever lovely MoU (is actually PoC, we are terribly sorry to override that from our own perspective).

Since our last updates, the Lefty Ridge trails network has gone thru series of unfortunate events. 

One of the trail signage destroyed by the stupid gang. Photo by Headshox

Some of them was very hard to digest, like the chainsaw masaccre, root-cutting party by the bastards and signboards vandalism (yes! they were actually destroy a few signboards because they are stupid) and lastly, the tragic forest fires threat.

Snapshot from Nusa Rhu. The smoke on the forest, fire in the sky. photo courtesy of Chief Mubin

Ironically, on March, a week after we unofficially launched the trails with signboards and all, our heart melted when we heard the news from Aizar that the forest is on fire. 

The wildfires finally gone merely 2 weeks after and thanks to Tok Batin and the Bombas whom risk their lives to fight the fires day and nite.

The aftermath. We brave the haze and check out the damage. Note the fireline was actually stop right on Masterpiece trail. photo by Headshox

A couple months later, some part of the trails witnessed a very high visitors due to jamboree and weird enough they actually training to ride 'em. And as expected, a few route and obstacles have been modified by the organizer for safety reason. Sigh.

During a month of Ramadhan, the Penghulu, done a few solo ride, and share his observations that, he feels the trail is in good shape and maintained by somebody. 

somebody with good heart rake the trail even on Ramadhan?. Photo by Jak lefty.

We just like to thank whoever that good samaritan, may god bless ya' for your love to mothernature.

On top of that, we heard the bike hasher group also had their monthly bash there a week after Hari Raya. Well done guys.

Last but not least, since the trail network is now "popular", we would like to share a few story behind the trails name, so that, visitors will understand why we trailbuilders have got to named them akwardly during the process, it is just for our own rememberance and memorization.

One of the 1st blueprint of the trail network map was actually drawn by hand with the trail in mind. photo by Headshox

As per the masterplan 4 years ago, it started with:-

Lower Sapu Tangan 
- this is the link to Taman Pertanian, instead of climb up Shah Alam highest point, we use the lower part of the valley.

Kampung Peter
- we named the trail after mr Peter himself, the chief indons gang who live and play sepak takraw in the jungle. 

Lake Edge
- the trail behind Nusa Rhu area, the route to the Peak Floyd, consist of ToTw, Pinang Sebatang.

Peak Floyd
- named after the Roger Waters band, with the slight twist to the "peak" instead of "pink", while we do some earthwork there, the "darkside of the moon" album play non-stop in our mind.

The Zinc
- the first link we found to exit Setia Alam. A very technical descent and during the development, we bump with Indon gang carry tonnes of zinc in the jungle, for their kongsi roof houses. The Zinc is actually the same idea as the new Piece of Cake (PoC) or we called it MoU, the different is PoC is ridable any direction towards the Wall but The Zinc is purposely built to descent, and exit Setia Alam.
At the Zinc during his prime. photo by Kohmeng kal

The Wall
-the wall is named after the Peak Floyd, its like a continuation or "kesinambungan" since the Wall is one of Pink Floyd all time favourite song, and coincidently, the trail is actually lies on the edge of the last forest survive to separate either side of Shah Alam i.e Setia Alam and Puncak Perdana.
Zoom-up and you will see a bunch of Kiara guys on the way to rip the Leftys.
Photo by headshox.

to be continued ... 

check out how Good Morning, Basuh
Muka Trail, MoU and others got their names.