In the middle of forgotten Pure Quill trail, Kiara, with the NamJahanams. photo by Jason Koh
Its been a while since our hiatus from Kiara. As usual, we start the new year by choosing to ride with different flavor.
On new year day, for example, we test the Unity and Harmony (Kdcf new jewel), cranking from home for the extra mileage, but due to the nature of kdcf, which is short but still sweet singletracks, the legs still itchy on the next day, not a good sign, we reckoned. Kiara still got the remedy for that.
New Year day-off, cranking up to kdcf. photo by jak lefty
Pitstop at Harmony Hut.
So, back to Kiara story, today on the 11th day in 2015, we decided to revisit Pure Quill and Lightning Ridge (to ease the itchy legs, and to check on the damage done by the so-called soil tester, who bulldozed Penchala Lama trail. Damn you!)
Before that, salute to the other Jahanams, whom they rode Lefty Ridge today, did some maintenance on S1, and having fun. Kudos!
Note the s1 Moots signage, if you know what we meant. Selfie is not a crime.
.. and ride after. All photos at Lefty Ridge trail by Abg Gary and Abg Fisher.
Back to Kiara story again, we had a good warm up at the Office to Magic Carpet, off to 2k and reversing Mission (oh poor switchback, whoever always skidding their tires on Mission, please avoid 'em) exit the Horse Stable, climb-up to the Twin Peak via Lower Short and Snake N Ladder.
..and, at Twin Peak, here we went into the forgotten Pure Quill, (a sharp right hand turn on the way down to Around the Mountain).
Just for the record, Pure Quill was abondoned during the "coldwar" i.e. "Perang Pagar yang dibina oleh Jabatan Landskap untuk diskriminasi minda".
It was abondoned because, the pagar criss-crossing the trail network twice, and thus, ruining ride flow.
During its heyday, Kiara Regulars (you know who you are) often use the trail as alternative to TnT, to enjoy Dirty Deeds.
But as for today, the Pagars is "open" and we ride Pure Quill with smile and feel blessed. Thank god, its Sunday.
Joy Mango chit-chatting with his Van Nicholas Redwood while ripping Pure Quill. Yeah, the bike can talk. Photo by jason koh
From there, we directly went up to Jane Addiction on our way to Clenched Schpinter entrance, blast a few switcbacks and ... arrived at the ground zero, we were devastated, to see the destruction at Penchala Lama junction, the truth was really hard to digest, the trail is gone, and about 50meter lenght of Lightning Ridge climb is not ridable, and bulldozed.
Image above is Lefty Ridge's penghulu, had a big grin whenever he rode Clenched Schpinter, he even nicknamed one of the finest switchback in the photo above as "corner rothmans", in his memory of Selekoh Rothmans at Batu 3 Racing Circuit in Shah Alam. Really, look how he swing the corner, a la Eddie Lawson seyy. photo by Joy Mango.
Then, we continue to Lightning Ridge, passing by Kampung Tanah Jawa, had a few words with the villagers, and according to them, its been very quiet now in term of mountainbikers passing by their kampung compare to a few years back, maybe because of the pagar, landslide at the Roller Coaster, or just simply most newbies in Kiara now just know how to ride 2k, 2k, emm, and again 2k, emm, little bit of Flinstone on the way back maybe, and yet with super fancy full suspension bike. Ouch.
We were eager too, to ride Roller Coaster, because, since the landslide a few years ago, we just cut short our loop to exit Concrete Hill at KiaraMas.
To our surprise, the trail is still fine with little diversion and we drop by the river for refreshments.
"Down by the river, I shot my baby..." said mr Neil Young and his Crazy Horses. Pristine!
And the rest is history...
Leave No Trace, Ride with Ethics, not mathematics.
NOTE: the story merely from our own perspective only, maybe different from others.