Sunday, 25 January 2015

RIDE REPORT 2: Shriners Convention Trail Revisited

#savekiara #ridetheothertrailstoo 

2 weeks ago, we pay a visit to Pure Quill Trail, and last nite, the hash tribe also seems to have a good bash there, cool.

"How To Roll Lower Carnival's Triple Terrace On Cobblestone for Dummies" ebook by jak the snake on sale at Kinikunaya Book Store. photo by Tengku Faisal

And today, after 14 days, we were back to Kiara, with the usual suspects, riding the full loop again, but with a slight twist.

**what we rode today, just another day in the office => doing overtime => upper carnival => magic carpet => twin peak => pure quill => janie's addiction => clenched schpinter => lightning ridge => kampung tanah jawa => penchala baru => mont kiara concrete jungle => plan C => wasteland => lowershort => snake n ladder => lower twin peak => shriners convention => lowercarnival => big smile throughout the day..

Instead of closing the session to roll at Flinstone Playground, we detour the bunch to rock the "Shriners Convention". Another forgotten trail connected with Upper and Lower Carnival trail.

Little bit of history, if we were not mistaken, the idea of this link, was to be used for climbing to Twin Peak from Chunder Junction without ever riding on tarmac. 

But due to the nature of our laziness, we ride the other way around. Down, and down all the way to the Lower Carnival. 

cobbles covered with green slimey lumut, but still the Gary Fisher 29er tackles the "switchback batu" smoothly.

The trail, if you really got the speed, its heaven..complete with quiet a few lovely switchbacks, berms, roots and rocks, ironically still the Shriners Convention not a popular choice amongs regulars. 

Most regulars avoid this trail maybe because of one scary, but legendary switchback, called, "cobblestone switchback" or simply "switchback batu". (well it is not part of the Convention, but its interconnected in order to complete the flow).

Its one of Penghulu Pat's masterpiece, even some "Kiara's B Full License" riders, still may not succesfully tackle it. 

During its heyday, this switchback heavily used for the Kiara Mountainbike Carnival race. Paramedics, photographers and fans will line up here to see who got the balls made of steel. 

On our ride re-visit today, we found out, the trail still in good shape although some of them now criss crossing with the so-called new DH track.

Rock N Roll pie..

Last but not least, since this maybe the last series on our Kiara trail review, so long, obladi oblada.. life goes on, we will back to our Lefty Ridge, to pick up the pieces, continue the last cangkul of Jahanams loop.

All photos by Joy Mango and Jak The Snake. 

Except "Triple Terrace" photo courtesy of Tengku Faisal

Leave no trace, sampah masuk, sampah keluar!

"..buffalo soldiers in concrete jungle cafe" says the rastas during subhuman mid-ride refreshments at Sri Hartamas near Segambut Dalam.