Thursday, 29 December 2011

Malakoff Interstate Fellowship Ride 2011/2012

Day 1               : 31 December 2011 [70km]
Venue             : Taman Perbandaran Pulau Pinang ( Youth Park )
6.00 am           : Check-in (registration) & collection of rider plate.
  (Note: Only for cyclists who intend to ride on Day 1 (31 December 2011)
6.45 am           : Arrival of VIP and ride briefing
7.00 am           : Flag off by VIP
11.30 am         : Arrival of cyclists at finishing line.
Check-out to collect cycling plates and jersey for cyclists who participated on Day 1 only.
: Arrival of sweepers and Last Check-out
: Check-in (Registration) of cyclists who did not take part on Day 1 
  but will ride on Day 2
12.00 noon      : Welcome Remarks by Emcee
: Speech by Encik Zainal Abidin Jalil,
  Chief Executive Officer, Malakoff Corporation Berhad
: Speech by Guest of Honour, Yang Berhormat Puan Lydia Ong Kok Fooi,
  Chairman, State Youth and Sports & Women, Family and Community    
  Development Committee
: Mock-cheque Presentation to St John Ambulance of Malaysia & Photo  
12.30 pm         : Lunch, Lucky Draw, Briefing of the next day's ride
1.30 pm           : Check-in and Collection of Jersey closed
Day 2               : 1 January 2012 [170km]
Venue             : Youth Park , Penang
6.00 am           : Arrival of Cyclists
6.45 am           : Arrival of VIP and ride briefing
7.00 am           : Flag off by VIP
2.00 pm           : Arrival of cyclists at finishing line. Check-out and lunch.
2.45 pm           : Arrival of Sweepers/Last check-out
3.00 pm           : Convoying to ferry terminal and back to Youth Park
Important information, rules and regulations:
  1. Riders are required to check-in before starting, and check-out after finishing the ride. CHECK-IN and CHECK-OUT are COMPULSORY!
  2. No Helmet, No Ride! Riders must wear a helmet and suitable cycling attire during the ride.
  3. To ensure everyone’s safety during the ride, all bikes are required to have brakes and riders are required to make sure their bikes are in good working condition. Eg. Fixie bikes are required to have brakes, mountain bikes must use tyres that are safe for road.
  4. Kindly adhere to instructions from Polis Di-raja Malaysia (PDRM) and marshals (both on motorbikes and bicycles) during the ride. Riders are prohibited from over-taking the Lead car. Failure to comply the instructions may result in riders being stopped from following the ride.
  5. For registered riders not cycling on Day 1, they can start collecting their rider plates and MIFR jerseys from 11.30 am on 31 December 2011, at Taman Perbandaran Pulau Pinang . Riders who joined the ride on Day 1 will be able to collect their MIFR jerseys at Taman Perbandaran when they check-out at the registration counters. Please stay back until after lunch for the lucky draw.
  6. Lunch will be provided after the ride on Day 1 and Day 2. For Day 1, there will be a mock cheque presentation ceremony and lucky draw during lunch, followed by ride briefing for Day 2.
  7. Only participants with VALID RIDING PLATES are eligible for the lucky draw. Your lucky draw numbers and goodies can be claimed at the finishing line after CHECKING-OUT at Taman Perbandaran. The safety of your lucky draw tickets are your own responsibility. Lost ticket will NOT be replaced.
  8. Riders must claim the prizes personally.  Unclaimed lucky draw prizes will be redrawn.
  9. The distance of the ride on Day 1 is 70km around the island (moderately challenging) and Day 2 is 170km, from Penang Island , crossing the bridge into Penang mainland, Perak and Kedah.
  10. There will be feeding stops on both days during the ride. There will be 2 feeding stops on Day 1 and 3 feeding stops on Day 2. Water, isotonic drinks and bananas will be provided for riders to replenish and refill.
  11. For Day 2, it is compulsory for riders to wear 2011 MIFR jerseys during the ride. There will be a re-group at Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia (LLM) before crossing Penang Bridge . Riders without this year’s official ride jersey will be asked to leave the ride by Polis and marshals who will keep an eye on all riders.
  12. After completing the route on mainland on Day 2, riders will re-group at the ferry terminal and taken into Penang Island by ferry. Riders will then cycle back from the ferry jetty to Taman Perbandaran, where the ride will end.
  13. A bike mechanic will sweep the ride. In case of breakdown, wait for the mechanic to attend to you FOC. However parts/accessories changed will be charged accordingly by the mechanic. 
  14. The route will be clearly marked by signboards with direction indicators and lots of marshals and traffic controllers. If you dropped out of the peloton, our riding marshals will assist to “tow” you back to join the peloton. If you have fallen too far behind, our sweepers (in pick-up trucks or lorries) will pick you up and take you to the next available stop.
For additional information, please go through the Safety Notes attached, or go to for updates on the event and the list of registered riders.
Have Fun and Ride Safe!
Safety Notes:
Deal with mental or physical impairment wisely. If you become dehydrated or unusually weak on a ride, stop riding and get help. Dehydration, malnutrition, exhaustion, overheating, and/or low blood sugar ("bonking") can diminish your ability to control your bike. Don’t let your pride get the better of you (and other participants’ safety).
Usage of headsets, headphones and mobile phones are strictly prohibited while cycling. Stop by the roadside if answering phone calls are unavoidable.
Avoid wearing or riding with clothing or objects that may interfere with your bicycle wheels, crank, chain or pedals while you ride. An object getting caught on any of these bike parts may present an unexpected situation that can cause you to crash. A bare torso will not be permitted while cycling.
The responsibility of keeping on the course rests with the participants. Any participant who appears to present a danger to themselves or others may be removed from the ride.
Participants must allow reasonable space for others to make normal movements or for overtaking without making contact. On narrow road or during climbs, leave space between every three or four riders. Participants are not allowed to block others. Allow others to overtake/pass if facing difficulties at steep climbs. Passing riders on the left may force them into the line of vehicular traffic (or other passing cyclists) in an untimely and unsafe way.
Participants must obey all traffic laws (governed by the Malaysian Road Transport Ministry) at all times unless otherwise directed by Marshals. Good relation with motorists is the responsibility of every cyclist. Never ride in the lane of opposing traffic. Ride on the first lane from the left only. Do not cross into the second lane even if the road has more than two lanes.
Maintain control and focus when riding at ALL times. Always watch the road ahead of you, and be in control of your bike. Conversations with fellow riders compromise everybody’s safety because we lose focus of what we’re doing. Please be mindful of your own safety and the safety of those around you by always being alert, in control, aware of both the road ahead and your immediate surroundings.
Point out hazards. Road hazards include potholes and uneven pavement, train tracks, debris, pedestrians and joggers, cars about to pull out of a parking space, car doors opening in your riding path, cars entering the road from side streets, cars approaching from the rear, construction zones, stray dogs, and any unanticipated conditions that could be dangerous. If you can’t signal with your hand, speak up! No wheel may contain mechanisms, which are capable of accelerating it.
Support vehicles are not allowed to tail cycling group unless advised otherwise by Marshals. Participants' own support vehicles should not tail cyclists or cycling group during any ride as this can deny passing vehicles a good view of cyclists. This could result in making inaccurate decision to overtake cyclists as the length of the group could not be estimated. Participants with mechanical problems must stop by the roadside and wait for sweeper or support vehicles. Always indicate when you are stopping.
Pace cars are there to lead the way. Do not at any time overtake the pace cars. Observe the speed set by the pace cars. Do not leave water stations until pace car is ready to lead participants out of the water station.
Communicate with cyclists and drivers. When riding in a group, communicate with other riders, motorists and pedestrians. Signal turns by pointing. Signal slowing and stopping by holding your arm out with your palm facing back. Call out any time you do anything unexpected. Since we share roadways with cars, it is equally important to communicate our planned movements (especially turns) with drivers. Failure to signal your movements to drivers not only endangers you, it also promotes ill sentiments many drivers already have towards cyclists.
The presence of certain hazards on the road such as broken glass or a pothole does NOT mean you can swerve to avoid them at will. Announce the presence of hazards well ahead of time. It is much safer to roll over broken glass or a manageable bump than to endanger your ride companions by forcing them into an unsafe position on the road. It is always better to have to deal with a flat tire (or even two) than to cause a fellow cyclist to crash.
Descend hills carefully. Always keep your speed in check in advance. A safe descending speed is determined by how quickly you can react to obstacles or hazards that may appear around a bend, or as far as 30 metres or more ahead of you. Never go down a hill at a faster speed than you are confident with. Scan the road ahead continuously for obstacles, wet pavement, oil slicks, cars making turns onto side streets or pull outs, stopped cars, or anything out of the ordinary. If anything looks unusual, slow down. Similarly, if you are not capable of noticing a roadway more than 20 metres ahead, adjust your speed accordingly. Anticipate the movements you need to make well ahead of time.