Sunday, April 05, 2015

RHB Mt KK Team 2015 Time-Trial

RHB Mount Kinabalu Team 2015 time-trial selection at Gunung Nuang on 4 April 2015, Saturday … this is Batch #2 of the time-trial selection, the first batch was done a week ago with 80 participants assisted by 30 volunteers.  

This time, there were only seven volunteers that went with the participants into the mountains. The time-keeper and volunteers manning the checkpoints started the journey with a 1-hour lead time. They were responsible to tie the ribbon markers along the trails to guide participants in the correct direction. After the safety briefing, the challenge was flagged off at 7:30 a.m.

For proper identification, participants were donning blue T-shirts complete with bib numbers; volunteers/committee members in red. All volunteers are from RHB Mt Kinabalu Team 2013.

To avoid the participants having to manoeuvre the many confusing split trails at Kem Lolo area, all participants trekked in groups with the volunteers. There was one checkpoint for time-check at Kem Lolo area. The fastest timing to arrive at Kem Pacat was 2 hr 22 min, while the slowest was 3 hr 48 min.

Do CLICK HERE to view photos courtesy of yours truly (KC Leong).

 Safety briefing by yours truly before the start of the challenge … this is not a competition to see who could reach the destination first; participants are advised never to trek alone.

I was leading the pack. At the steeper ground between Kem Lolo and Kem Pacat, the fastest guy was always a few feet behind me. Thinking that I might block his way, I tekan minyat kuat kuat (full throttle ahead). After a while, when I looked back, there was no sign of him – quite far behind. I waited until he looked up and saw me from far, and then I continued.

It was a well-planned event staged by the organizing committee headed by Sharron of HR. For the safety of team members, a medical team was on standby at Nuang car park. By 3:30 p.m., all participants were safely returned to base. 

Good luck to all the participants in the next stage of selection.
 A cheerful group photo before the start of the challenge
 At Kem Pacat with time-keeper, Mat Nur (back, 2nd from right)
 At the signature tree of Kem Pacat
Nicole and Shu-Lin.

Do click here to view photos of RHB Mt KK Maiden Team 2013 at Mount Kinabalu together with RHB Group Managing Director, Kellee Kam.

Posted by KC Leong

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