Archives for the month of: September, 2013

200ml water left, unpaved road, 3-4km climbing by foot, and squirrel cross the road, i think its not ideal place for road bike. I’ve got more than i bargained for.

It begin in the night before, whenever i ride my car to ride with my mates, or ride my road bike all the way, especially the menu is climbing (maybe 500m). The starting point is way down so i must climb back to home (700m) if i ride my bike. And, i choose to ride my bike all the way, so i can boast to you that i tackle 2 mountains in a row and my story will be look very good.

Then, God of bicycle punish me.

Hell carnival
When i climb back to my home, the ETA should be around 12.30pm, and my legs still have a kick to complete this task until… The road is blockade for village carnival, and from my eyes it is Hell Carnival. And its completely blocked my route.
Every transportation stuck on the road. Motorcycles, cars, and bike (well the only bike is my bike). To further exacerbate situation, it’s hot, and 300ml at my bidons. Not to mentions that i look like a clown ready doing tap dance on the middle of crowds.

There is only one way out. Move around and take road less traveled. The journey begin. From the very start i see the road, i decided…to walk. Hey! dont get me wrong, i have pretty good excuses about this one!

First, the climb is not climb anymore I think the road is straight to heaven, and i am conserve every energy that left in my body and tryin to survive with what i have (remember 300ml in my bidon? Now its 200ml). Second, in the middle of of my journey, around one kilometer the road is really unpaved. Its not ideal for mountain bike, even goats, and that is the stupidiest road i even traveled with my road bike.

Water,give me water
With the water depleted, i try to ask some water from the local home, but i found no one home, worse, its the last home in my sight ahead. But my survival instinct tickle me when i found water taps, Forgive me Lord, i am not ready to meet you now so i refill all my bidons and continue ahead.

I hit the unpaved road and still…i see more climbs, and began to wonder when this torture end? I ask women i met, ask the road and how long. Her answer really tear my hope apart (maybe she saw me very hopeless, walking and pushing my bike), and desperately i continue ahead. Until i see a men who give me the accurate distance (i bet he had garmin in his motorcycle), give me some hope to continue through this way.

Home sweet home
When i see the the sign, i am really relieved. Only one thing bug me. Well… Its descent, and its unpaved. Now i am really have no courage to accept this law of gravity, then try to survive this descent by walking. One slip it will be my grave. What would be my bike without me? We had created memories together, it will rude for her. She take me whenever i want to go, now its my turn to take her lead the way. Enough the drama.

Survived and hit the main road, make me believed that i look like christopher horner steal the red jersey from vincenzo nibali in vuelta i have the power within me, and i can survive whatever mother nature throw ahead on my way. On and off the bike.

MMD still wondered why there is squirel cross his road

From now i am start using english to spread the joy of cycling (and the healthy toxic) but i’ll warn you, my english is not that good especially my tenses. If you find my words little (or really) weird, feel free to correct.

When the post fall in big ride category, it means there is something special happens.
Last post i mention how motivated i am to riding in my group (Surabaya road bike community) after 3 months of hiatus.

Well, the highlights are:
1. Its sprinters day
2. Dropping motorcycle!
3. Crash
4. Milan-San Remo imitating

From the start to checkpoint for regroup, we all ride in reasonably pace, though i know the nature of group ride are either looking for gentle hills or short steep hills, and i am quite confident because i used to be mountain goat due to where i lived (Batu City).

But i was wrong, after we reach checkpoint and some of us -include me-taking ‘nature break’, i found no hill around. And the road captain tell us whoever want to go fast, follow the first group, the other can go with second group. I dont need to tell you which one i choose.

Sky is the limit (i dont mean team SKY) applied here. From the start i am struggled to follow their wheels, and within two or three minutes im ridiculuosly getting dropped! And from this, i gain new perspective when they said fast, then its around 50-60km/hour. Its beyond my capability (right now) and my road bike (forever).

Not so long, there is some teenage girl (young athlete i guess) ride around 45km/h motorpacing draft (maybe her coach or dad). At instant i sit on her wheel to conserve my energy.
And i dont know where it comes, look like my pride (or maybe i’am an idiot) tell me ‘its not fair dude, dropping off another cyclist when you sucked a wheel at motorpacing speed’

And then i charge forward passing the motorcycle! And so on i dropped two other cyclists, only to getting dropped like a stone gracefully with that motorcycle again. Hey! At least i dont cheat right?!

With some groupetto (the ones who getting dropped by fast group) we regroup until finish point, and surprised by someone who crashed with blood and torn jersey. I feel sympaty to him (and the bike because i know its not the cheap one like mine), and hope he gets better.
Well, sometimes shit happens.

In the way back, i hear someone say we ride at ‘peace’ pace. Peace pace your eyes. At 35-40km/h constant speed and getting higher with some attack at corners really divided peleton into two groups. Its look like milan-san remo spring classic imitation, except its hot.

I in the first group and trying to sit on the group all the time. Until one corner i lost my moment and then struggling to chasing ahead..and then getting dropped. One minute, i realize the second group chasing down, and then i sit on back of the groups until finish. Because riding in the peleton is the safest way in the traffic (my group have special polices to open the road ahead).

I am really getting excited when after hard times, around 100km in three hours (including rest and regroup), one of the member SRBC, which is Azrul Ananda, treat all of us to eat!
Based on others talk, I think its really rare one eating together after club ride.

What should i say?
I got my day, and its really great one!


Waktu menunjukkan pukul 04.30 dan nanti pukul 6.00 nanti rencana ikut touring SRBC(Surabaya Road Bike Community).Setelah 3 bulanan tidak ikut, aku benar-benar termotivasi sampai-sampai aku tidak bisa tidur malam tadi….WTF

Yang membuatku termotivasi adalah aku ikut touring ini dengan setelan sepeda yang baru setelah bike-fitting. Sudah kucoba di rute-rute pegunungan di Batu. Dan terbukti kenyamanan dari bike-fitting itu sendiri. Numbness di bawah* sudah tinggal sejarah.
Jadi tinggal pembuktian satu hal. Like PRO says, comfort create performance, performance is speed.

Karena itu aku ingin unjuk gigi dengan melakukan breakaway sejak kilometer zero. Trust me. I’m super motivated today.

Yah… Tetapi ada 2 hal yang menghambatku untuk unjuk gigi hari ini.

1. Tidak bisa tidur malam tadi
2. Aku ga tau rutenya….

Kesimpulannya aku bakal jadi wheelsucker for this day… Shit. Maybe God want to teach me being humble in peleton.


1st climb 21 minutes
2nd climb 23 minutes
3rd climb 19 minutes
4th climb 19 minutes
5th climb 19minutes 30seconds (i)
6th climb 19 minutes 28seconds (i)
7th climb 18 minutes 30 seconds(i)
8th climb 19 minutes (i)
9th climb 19 minutes
10th climb 18 minutes 30-40seconds

Dia melihat ke bumi, dan melihat orang-orangNya berjalan di atasnya. Dia melihat mereka bekerja keras dan bergerak lambat dengan susah payah, di dekat desa mereka. ‘Aku akan membuat sesuatu untuk mereka untuk bepergian dari suatu tempat ke tempat lain, sesuatu yang cepat, ringan, dan tenang, sesuatu yang cocok dengan badan mereka, dan dapat diperbaiki dengan mudah, sesuatu yang orang-orangKu dapat menikmatinya’. Dan terjadilah sesuatu itu, Dia menciptakan Sepeda. Dia melihat Sepeda itu, dengan 2 roda, frame, drivetrain, seat, handlebar, dan melihat segalanya baik.

Dia memberikan sepeda ke orang-orangNya dan berfirman: ‘Gunakan ini dengan baik karena aku telah membuatnya untukmu, dan untuk anak-anakmu, dan untuk anak-anak dari anak-anakmu, dan segala keturunanmu, agar kamu dapat bebas bepergian’. Dan merekapun bergembira. Mereka menyanyikan pujian-pujian dan memuliakan namaNya. Dengan sepeda mereka menjelajah seluruh bumi dengan cepat, bepergian ke tempat-tempat yang belum terjamah, menyebarkan ajaranNya tentang cinta, kasih dan gear ratios.

Tetapi, orang-orangNya tidak dapat memahami kerumitan yang tidak tampak dari sepeda. Mereka terjatuh. Mereka tidak mengerti. Mereka mengubah gambaran sepeda. Mereka membuat sepeda sendiri berdasarkan rancanganNya dengan satu roda, kemudian tiga roda. Mereka menambahkan keranjang, bel, lampu, fender, jagrak, dan penahan gelas ke sepeda. Mereka mengendarai sepeda turun dari puncak gunung, menyeberangi salju, dan menuju kedalaman lautan. Mereka menciptakan dual suspension, power meter, velodrome, criterium, aerobar, energy gel, dan doping.

Suatu waktu, Dia melihat kembali ke bumi dan melihat orang-orangNya keliru menggunakan anugrahNya. Dan Dia menjadi marah. Dia berfirman kepada orang-orangNya dengan keras: ‘Apa yang telah kalian perbuat terhadap sepeda? Mengapa kamu menggunakannya seperti itu? Setan apa yang ada di pikiranmu? Siapa orang bernama Lance dan kenapa kalian begitu memujanya?’. Dan merekapun sadar dengan kebodohan mereka, menangis dan memohon:’Tolonglah kami, bimbinglah kami sebagaimana seharusnya menggunakan ciptaanMu. Kami mencintai sepeda’. Dia mendengar penyesalan dan tobat mereka. Kemudian dia berfirman:’Baiklah, dengarkanlah sungguh-sungguh perkataanKu, karena sekarang aku memberimu 13 perintah Bersepeda. Taatilah, bawalah selalu di dalam hatimu, sebarkanlah ini diantaramu, dan jangan pernah lupa bahwa perintah ini berasal daripadaKu.’

1.Jangan menjadi poser
Janganlah kamu menggunakan jersey world champion atau national champion dengan rainbow stripes sampai kamu mendapatkannya sendiri dalam disiplin sepedamu.

2. Mintalah ijin terlebih dahulu untuk drafting
Apabila kamu bersepeda sendirian dan menemui peleton, dan kamu ingin drafting, mintalah ijin ke orang paling belakang di peleton itu. Terlebih lagi, jika kamu ingin drafting ke orang yang bersepeda sendirian.

3. Jangan membuat keributan
Jika tidak ada yang mengajakmu bicara dalam peleton, maka diamlah.

4. Jadilah mandiri
Bersiaplah untuk segala kemungkinan (meskipun bersepeda bersama, bawalah pompa, ban dalam, co2, co2 canister)

5. Jangan menggunakan aero-bar saat berada dalam peleton
Mempraktekkan posisi aero pada aero-bar dalam peleton sangat berbahaya.

6. Jangan menghalangi hak orang lain
Kalau berhenti, minggirlah ke tepi jalan.

7. Berpakaian yang sopan
Jangan menggunakan celana berlubang atau tipis sehingga kulitmu terlihat samar-samar.

8. Berkomunikasilah
Kalau berpas-pasan dengan cyclist lain, berilah salam baik verbal maupun non-verbal.

9. Bersikaplah sopan
Kalau bertemu pejalan kaki, beritahu mereka bahwa kamu akan melintas, apalagi jika blusukan mensurvei rute baru melewati desa. Bertanyalah apakah jalan itu boleh dilewati.

10. Berhati-hatilah kalau mau pipis
Jangan pipis di jalan, trotoar, tempat bermain, halaman sekolah, taman kota, makam, baskom lemon, atau orang yang berdiri didekatmu.

11. Jangan konyol
Jangan menggunakan kaos kaki dengan panjang yang mendekati lutut.

12. Pahami posisimu
Sampai kamu menarik peleton, jangan berada di depan peleton, atau jangan jadi wheelsucker tanpa mau bekerjasama waktu breakaway.

13. Jagalah selalu performa sepedamu
Periksalah secara berkala komponen sepedamu, dan pastikan baik adanya sebelum libas-libasan.