The PCC Presidential has been touted as the ‘Mother of all MTB Jamborees’ by mountain bikers all around Malaysia. Held biennially, mountain bikers clamour to register quickly to secure their chance to ride through rubber and oil palm plantations and most of all, through the killer hills.
The Weather Gods were kind not to provide ‘too much mud’ but since when did an MTB jamboree not go hand in hand with sticky, slippery mud? The haze in fact proved to be an ardent fan, and made a comeback to make things a little smoking (but not) hot.
All in all, 1400 mountain bikers were not deterred but in fact, more encourage to give the weather, the haze and the terrain an unforgettable challenge. It was not a race, there were no podium prizes to be won, but bragging rights for a lifetime were certainly up for grabs.
A virgin to PCC Presidential Ride, Headshot Teng said:
This is my first time joining the PCC Presidential Ride, some said it’s very tough based on their experience in 2011 and 2013, so I didn’t know what to expect. There were 3 steep climbs that required us to carry our bikes. After the climbs we were rewarded with long and sweet downhill. My favourite part was the single trail downhill before CP1. The organizers did a great job through out the event.
Teng was using Maxxis Ikon tyres and commented,
“There wasn’t any rain, and the trail was in a very good condition for Maxxis Ikon to excel. Good handling on single trails and rovers.”
Alicia Teoh is also fairly new to mountain biking and a PCC Presidential virgin.
The PCC Presidential Ride 2015 ride truly lived up to its reputation of being one of the toughest MTB event in Malaysia. Punishing climbs aside, the organizers did a great job with the beautiful, meandering single track trails. Kudos to those who completed the entire route as it surely took incredible physical and mental strength to do so!
Alicia also took a tumble when she went too fast down a narrow single track and went down the sides.
I flew and somersaulted down the track ?. Luckily I rolled so only minor bumps and bruises.
The gradient indeed proved challenging, and the “hike the bike’ parts that wore most riders out, sapping energy faster than a thirsty camel.
“Cp1 was peppered with climbs, the worst being the last one where everyone had to hike their bike up a very steep and very long hill. But when it isn’t a climb, the trail is actually lovely cos a lot of forested single track. The terrain was mostly dry. My bike was only slightly muddy when I finished,” continued Alicia.
Incidentally, Alicia was also using Maxxis Pace tyres and said, “The tires are good. I managed to climb gradients which I couldn’t with my previous Schwalbe tires.”
A ‘veteran’ to the scene, Soon CM commented on his third experience riding the PCC Presidential.
PCC Presidential is toughest in this region because it’s the only MTB jamboree with over 50km and total elevation climb over 1300m. This is my third attempt and I took 4hours 22mins to complete it. On my first time, I didn’t even complete first loop.
This ride is unique in a way, as it provides a variety of terrain e.g. rubber plantations and palm oil estates. I hope they maintain this for future too.
Soon also commented on the Maxxis Crossmark tyre, “Performance was good for my high speed down hill.”
How thrilling! Even if the rider didn’t finish the PCC Presidential, they will definitely train harder and come back stronger in their next attempt in two years.
Maxxis was the title sponsor, while other sponsors of the PCC Maxxis Presidential Ride 2015 include Redbull, BaikBike, Go Pro, Re-Claim, and organised by Pedalholics Cycling Club (PCC) Malaysia.
Watch out for the PCC Presidential Ride in 2017.