Edmund Ooi – Ride Director of Malaysia’s oldest cycling club – Pedalholics Cycling Club (PCC)
Edmund Ooi, a fervent cyclist who rides with PCC, decided to embark on the duathlon journey six months prior to Powerman Malaysia.
Already jumping into the Classic distance of 10km run – 60km cycle – 10km run, the engineer by profession started the first 10km run in good form. He was running at a fairly consistent speed and successfully made the first transition into the cycling leg.
“The second transition from cycling to running was a bit difficult, probably due to the scorching heat as well. I felt I was going to cramp, but after 1km on the run, it became more manageable.” said Edmund.
“The cycling route was good and well marshalled. There are always a couple of (newbie) cyclists all over the road, not following the rules and you’ll have to be extra careful. We always ride in a group with PCC so we’re more aware of all the cyclists on the road.” continued the fervent cyclist.
“I enjoyed the race and I’ll come back again. There were sufficient water stations for you to rehydrate even with 100 Plus.”
“My cycle training started on the trainer, and I would run in the gym for speedwork. After PCC’s Wednesday night rides, I would run for an hour for brick training. Plus, after our Sunday PCC rides, I’ll run in the hot afternoon to get acclimatised to the heat.”
“I’m using a Specialized Allez bicycle which served this race pretty well. I have another bicycle with disc brake but that is more suited for adventure rides.”
Gan Heng Chye – Ride Leader of PCC
“My race was full of sh*t.”
(Pardon his french, but he does mean it literally)
Adding running to his fervour, Gan Heng Chye can usually be spotted as a Ride Leader for PCC on Sundays for the long rides. Returning to Powerman Malaysia for the fourth time, his race was a little ‘crepe’ as they pronounce it so eloquently in French.
“I was having stomach problems and had to use the toilet on the second 10km run. I haven’t been using power gels for sometime now, and my stomach didn’t agree to it.”explained Heng Chye.
“The first 10km run was nicely done in 42 minutes, while the 60km bike took me 1h 50 minutes. And was aiming for a 45 minute in the next 10km run, but then I had to use the toilet. And in the end… (crap).”
“The cycling route was very technical, as you have to negotiate u-turns and roundabouts. You really have to know how to position yourself. Safety wise, the route was well contained within Putrajaya and the roads were closed so you don’t have speeding cars beside you.”
Overall, Heng Chye finished the race in under 4 hours, and he was only too happy that he finished the race, given the circumstances. He was hoping to improve his timing but perhaps, better luck next year.
You can always count on PCC for the camaraderie, plus some even show up as support crew to add some cheers when the going gets tough. PCC rides weekly on Sunday morning for long rides, and short night rides in Ara Damansara on Wednesdays nights. For more info, follow PCC Malaysia on Facebook.