Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Selangor-Kuala Lumpur : Welcome Home! 8TV Cyclists

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Welcome Home! 8TV Cyclists
Selangor-Kuala Lumpur : 1st May 2014
Cycling Distance Covered : 43.8 km.

Rickman Chia & Baki Zainal, two TV8 celebraties, have taken it upon themselves to cycle around Peninsular Malaysia to promote "Going Green" through cycling.
The two young man have been travelling around the Peninsular for thirty days,  experiencing the urban-scapes and rustic kampungs; meeting and connecting with Malaysians from all aspects of life - people from the cities, those from the villages, young ones, old ones, school children. Thirty days is some time to spend away from home; and Tailim (of the hApPy HaPpY blogs) together with some insiders of TV8 planned to surprise them with a welcome home committee (that's us).

And what better way then to have some of us cyclists ride up to meet them and cycle together with them on their last leg home. On an early morning of May, we met up at the Old Town Coffee outlet at Ampang Waterfront, had breakfast and was ready to go up to surprise the young cycling ambassadors.

On the ride up, we stopped at the viewing platform at Jalan Mulia 2/1. From here, on a clear day, there is a good panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur city. Unfortunately that morning was misty, so Kim & Sin brightened up the atmosphere with some colourful poses.

Crouching behind a low wall at the Ampang Look Out Point we hid stealthily, ready to pounce out.

Out we popped, calling out "Welcome Home" to the unsuspecting duo. I believe they were quite touched by our presence.

We mingled and chatted with the duo and the filming crew. Rickman and Baki were very amicable and friendly, they even showed off their suntan legs and suntanned striped feet, a memento of their harsh journey.
These two striped feet may look odd, but their fans will adore and hold dear what they represent.

Pleasantries and emotional welcoming over, it's time to RIDE!
Starting with a nice coasting down along Jalan Hulu Langat...

... and a quick lively stop at a junction.
I have cycled with beauty queens before (..... see blog), but this is a first for me - riding with TV celebrities.
For the route map of our ride from here to 
Sri Pentas in Bandar Utama, see the map at the bottom of this post.

Cycling with these two stars, I can see why their fans love them. They are cheerful, approachable, charismatic and yet take their roles seriously.

Rickman towering with the Petronas Twin Towers behind him.
He must have been taken aback when I suddenly lied down on the road to snap this shot. Well these are the antics we get down to, to bring memories to our rides.

We are in the heart of Kuala Lumpur now - the Chow Kit Road area.

Next to the Megamall Kuala Lumpur.
Baki shouting out "We did it! So can you!"

Cutting through Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club at Bukit Kiara, the two guys are almost home.

But for Rickman & Baki, the much looked forward to reunion had to be slightly delayed. We had to wait for the cue that the stage & crowd is ready at Sri Pentas for the return of the two.
While waiting for that cue, we sat it out for brunch at the Grumpy Cyclist in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail. An appropriate place as it is a cafe run by cyclists for cyclists.

After one month away from home, the two must have been happy to cut through the FINISHING LINE at Sri Pentas in Bandar Utama.

It was a tearfull & emotional reunion for Baki and his mother .....

..... and also for Rickman & his family.

On stage, Baki & Rickman recounted the ups and downs, the tribulations of cycling and staying together for one month.

And for us; the duo had a memorable group photo taken together with us for keepsake.
We would had love to stay on for the reunion lunch at Sri Pentas, but then we had to ride off for another important appointment.

One of beery cheers to a friend who have brought us together as a hApPy cycling group and taken us on many a fun-filled cycling adventures.

hApPy Birthday Tailim!

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