Recap : Tour De Ambarukmo 148K

Lanjutan dari cerita ini, yeah…since I bought my bike 3 years ago, participating in a cycling tour was one of my dream. Alhamdulilah, kesampaian!

 It was granted on July 22nd 2017. The purpose I visited Jogja after 10 years! Sport event so-called-racecation is always special for me. this time, I did with some of my Bintaro Trojan Runners friends. There was Ira- Rahmi, who was home since lebaran (she lives in Saudi Arabia, nooo…not TKW) and “farewell” with Imel who would leave  for negara paman Sam , in the next two weeks. 
 I Did my first bike tour strolling at the other part of this beautiful country.  Tour de Amabarukmo 148 K which was devided by 5 stages. tiap stages  ada pit stop,makanan minuman yang mana menurut saya berlimpah ruah. Segala ada kecuali jodoh!

knowing that I’m suck at endurance, I was planning to stop after 2nd stage (75 K) 

But the view, the crowd and the friends were great, I decided to continue. however, I didn’t ride the whole 148K. 

Beware, this gonna be a looong post!

Start from hotel Royal Amabarukmo, at 5.30 am. Flag off by  Sri Sultan X himself!!! oh em geee, gw mau selfie agak keder sama banyaknya peserta. gangu juga sih!

So, here we go.

First stage 34K
hotel – kantor kelurahan Bumirejo Kulon Progo.

Saya tidak faham Jogja ya. But here’s the route! Straight all the way to Monumen Tugu, turn left to the famous Jalan Malaiboro, saw Beringin Kembar, keraton menuju Kulon Progo.  Agak sebal pas daerah luar kota ini, saigan sama kendaraan lain. Rute masih menyenangkan sih overall. Keluar kota pemandangan sawah kiri kanan. Duh saya ingin stop foto foto! Kenapa pada serius pisan! 

Second Stage 36K

Kantor kelurahan Bumirejo – Terminal parang tritis Bantul.

THIS IS MY FAVORITE STAGE! The kampung view, it was cloudy and foggy, flat route and OH MY GODNESS! INDONESIA is Dangerously BEAUTIFUL!  Saya ride santai, ketemu Dewi, teman waktu ikut Batam Triatlhon dulu. ngobrol sepanjang jalan lalu dia pamitan dan menghilang! I’m too slow for serious cyclist like her. Beberapa kali nyeletuk : 

“Stoppp yuk! Gw pengen foto foto!”

Dianggap lalu sama rekan-rekan BTR! Cih! Namun akhirnya Acha mengamini keinginan saya. jadi deh kita foto di sini! Gambar atas.

Ntah dimana. 

then an ambulanxe  stopped 

The officer : “ibu butuh bantuan?

Gw : ngga mau foto foto aja

The officer : (mungkin dalam hati) *NGOK!*

After this, we regroup with Abi and Mbak Ira Ciray. This another Ira is over 50 years old and soooo damn strong!!!! I envy her stamina! 

Another thing,

Waktu daerah pantai ini, ada momen  keren banget tapi saya ngga berani foto karena takut ganggu pleton dan bisa jatuh.

jadi kita bikin pleton dua dua, dengan road captain yang pakai baju kuning di depan 4 orang. daerahnya lurus, berpasir, mendung! Ah! Macam di luar negeri!!! 


Daerahnya seperti gambar di atas. diambil dari Facebook Tour De Ambarukmo. Kebayangkan mendung dan foggy nya?

Tapi akhirnya saya lepas dari pleton. ngga kuat dan….pengen foto foto lagi! Hahahahah! pitstop kedua di Terminal bantul Parang Tritis. This is my first time visiting Parang Tritis  Beach ( selfie pic with Acha)

Group photo

THird  Stage 22K
Parang tritis – Omah Kupu Panggang Gn. kidul

This the scary stage! Scary because yaaa ampun nanjak ajaaaa gituuuuu! Oh em gee moment! 

It was a steep- wadef*kwasthat-  hill in Panggang-Parangtritis (after second pit stop) all my dengkul,otot paha and sprocket 28 gears gave up 🤣(pembelaan kaum lemah, kakek2x naik sepeda lipat juga ada). 

Many cyclists fell down, trying to conquer the steep hill. they also get cramp. Me? Off the bike I was! nuntun!Salah saya juga, sudah diingatkan buat ganti sprocket sepeda dari 28 ke 32 menunda-nunda terus. Barangnya sendiri susah dicaripun. Pas butuh, habis stocknya! #kzl


Ira ciray – kiky – aby 

Daerah ini,  jalur untuk merebut gelar King/queen Of The Mountain. yang sampai duluan yang menang!  Gw akhirnya nyerah 1K menuju finish KOM ini. Diangkut! Liat sepeda yang lebih keren dari saya aja pda nyerah! Lahh…habis marshal pada nawarin

“Bu, mau diangkut saja ngga?” 

Bah! Luluh juga! 

I was  evacuated by comittee car until King Of The Mountain area, kira-kira daerah paling tinggi lah. Since this is a tour, I may continue the journey. I was looking for the pick up car who took my bike. lucky I found it right away in that crowd. I think the course was friendlier, I continued the rest of third stage to the 3rd pit stop. it was very fun with rolling track! I made new friends along the way. And I did my most favorite thing during race taking selfie with local kid! The most sincere cheerleaders! 


Arrive at Omah Kupu around 12 pm (almost 6 hours biking by that time). ICH HABE GROßE HUNGER! Lapaarrr malih!!! I took pop mie and  bir pletok! Oh my God! Taste so good! 


fourth stage 42K

GUnung Kidul – Candi Prambanan

On the fourth stage, It was a very steep- downhill. I freaked out in less than 10 minutes! Nangis bok! Clueless what to do next as I didn’t see any support car. Tapi namanya rejeki anak sholeh…suddenly there was a sound behind me

“Mbak kiky kenapa?”

“Saya takut turunan pak!” (Takut mati)

“Mau naik mobil saya saja?”

Haleluuuyaaa! 

Wonder how did he know my name? Our bib number with complete name must stick on the back of our jersey! 

Well, in short, I put my bike on his rented pick up. Then continue the rest of fourth stage with the car (ada supir juga) He and his son were also participating on the event. He gave up after the third pit stop and he was guarding, Aji, his only child. Duh, saya mau nangis ngebayanginnya. Orangtua sama anak tuh  apa saja dilakukan ya! Even small thing like this! Of course we made talk during the trip. Bapak ini kerja di salah satu BUMN di Pulau Batam, sudah berdinas di sana selama 12 tahun. He really understand the whole system so  I asked : 

“bapak Direktur ya di sana?”

“Yah, begitulah mbak. Karyawan yang harus mengerti semuanya!”

Meniii humble pisann si bapak, teh!

Aji is quite a strong cyclist. Dia ngga pakai sepatu sepeda tapi speed nya sangat baik sehingga dengan mudahnya menyusul cyclist di depan (sehingga saya tidak terlalu lama di mobil….laparrr bok!) Anyway, Pak Luthfi (his name) ini berharap cucu, dia meminta saya menyelipkan doa untuk ini jika Allah berkehendak! Amin pak! Semoga segera! 

selama perjalanan ke Candi Prambanan, saya membatin:
“Sudah jam 2! Teman teman yang lain sudah selesai nih. Sudah pada istirahat di hotel” but when I arrived in Candi Prambanan…


SUNGGUH AKU TERHARU!!! PADA NUNGGUIN SAYA DEMI BISA FOTO DI SITU!!!

And my beloved, sapi bule was also waiting for me



Fifth stage 14K

Candi Prambanan – Hotel ROyal Ambarukmo 

Then continue the whole 5th stage until the finish line. Jogja’s traffic was not friendly at all by that time!  Finish at 4pm! 


It was my longest ride to date with so many stories to brag! 

One bucket list ✅

With all the support from both my (real) family and extended ones ,  who understand this slow kerbau and patiently waiting for me in Candi Prambanan area for more than 1 hour – sampai- diusir -satpam.

I love you! you know who you are!!!

Strava screencap is on the map and elevation course taken from Ashar’s.

Btw, do you know that this Governor was also a participant?


Taken from TDA facebook. 

Keren banget pak Ganjar yaa!!! Istrinya pun rajin latihan nanjak lho!!! 

Anyway, along the friendly tracks I keep humming

“…

Musisi jalanan mulai beraksi

Seiring laraku kehilanganmu

Merintih sendiri

Ditelan deru kotamu …”
.

Tetap gendut, tambah hitam muka penuh pasir I dont careeeee!

 

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Flashback 

i’ve been doing sport since I was a kid (swimming course twice a week, softball, basket ball) but never do it seriously. Just to kill my ABG time (I lived with my parents and they had two helpers, nafff said!)
Anyway,i’ve done races here and there since 5 years ago. and as I read my late post, how I conquer my first 10K race, then my virgin Half Marathon, the Triathlon then Marathon … i went like

“Ya elahh Ky…10K aja meni lebay pisan!”

 segala takut kram, kepanasan, dll dll.

the night before my first 10K, I cant sleep.   macam anak SD mau dharmawisata saat itu. Too overwhelming. 

yang sudah ikut half ironman race waktu saya posting race pertama  10K ngikik kali ya? (Anyone?)
Aber so, if I read my virgin triathlon race recap, still somehow I am proud of myself. bihiksss…
I only had my bike for 3 months, never been on open water trail until one day before race day, not using cleat for my bike, yet…I managed to squeeze the obstacles. Not in good timing, of course! But still! Do Count any female with hijab doing Triathlon on that year 😉 

And owh, there are several races that I also met my readers. ” sikiky ya” For instance. Bahahahahha

Ish…bangga bukan main sayah! #disambitbidon.



Owh well, I didn’t join race as much as I did in 2013-2014, however…I set my bar higher a little bit.  I am competing with my old me, not with anybody else.

Itu yang saya lakukan di Jogja minggu lalu…
I secretly wanted to do cycling tour since the first time I took my Giant TCR home with me.


Picture taken from TdA Facebook page. i was one of the people in red jersey! 

more story later! 

On the wheel…

For the past one month, I made two highlight with my road bike.
Went back to Km O – Sentul, 10Km with elevation gain 500m. The second time to  km 0 yet the first tine with my cleat on. Pertama kali sepedahan ke km 0,  3 tahun lalu belum pakai sepatu sepeda. Jadi agak ngeri ngeri sedap. Takut jatuh karena berhenti sebelum sempat melepas cleat sepeda.


it was disaster! i stopped countless time to gain my breath as well as walk instead of riding my bike for some time.

Sampai di Km 0 sudah ditungguin Imel, Vitri, Thya dan Riyana.

And to make it worst, on the way down I was terribly afraid. Takut banget, sampai saya hampir jatuh. Ketemu dua cyclits yang melihat saya hampir jatuh. Gemeterrrr rasanya. Akhirnya beberap spot yang curam, I walk down with my bicycle. Beberapa kali juga lepas pasang cleat sepeda.

Then the next two weeks

Yeah…. as stated on the picture, I made it to my first century ride a.k.a 100K. of course, it was in pleton with my BTR friends.


We just had our first cycling jersey. jadi event launching jersey baru, kita buat 100K ride di Bintaro. Macam penting aja dunia harus tau BTR punya jersey baru ….haqhaqhaq!

Anyway, of course, we didn’t do the whole 100K non stop. we had 2 stops on which the last stop I wanted to give up. MY lessson to be learned, my fueling strategy was a mess! i didn’t respect the distance. probably because I was thinking it was in Bintaro anyway, I can go home whenever I want. thing that surprised me was…

The good cyclist like Adit, Rizky, Pak Hasbi, Vitri, Maya, Imel and Sunu didn’t allow us to go give up. :)) #meh

Jadi kalau ada yang kececer, dipepet lagi suruh kejar pleton di depan.

However, the last 12 km, I gave up yet complete the remains distance by  myself. From 28-30 kph dropped to 20 kph.

Beginner tips to ride in pleton.

1. patuh sama Road Captain

2. Baris berjajar, dua cyclist in one row. jangan  nyelonong jadi orang ketiga. Bahaya

3. jangan nyusul/nyelak dibelakang.

After the ride, Pak Hasbi noticed that my gear shifting was a mess. Jadi waktu pindah pindah gigi demi memudahkan genjot sepeda, ada momen dimana saya terlambat. Sehingga kesulitan  ngejar pleton. Something wrong with my bike. i took my Giant have it serviced.

And yeah, the housing shifter, housing brake and RD pulley all worn out! i have to replace them with  new ones.

Last weekend, I climbed km 0 sentul again.

yes, I did stop here and then. But just stop to drink and wait  for Manda. Si bule agak gila. It was her first time to Km 0. i did better this time. Much better. NO nuntun sepeda this time! tepuk tangan donk! 😉


Riding downhill still scare me. but i didn’t freak out like last month. however, pas turunan justru saya berhenti lebih banyak dari tanjakan.
Need more practice of course. But for time being, since it is Ramadhan, in trainer we trust! 

Synthesis Ride 71Km

This was marked as my first bike-only event.

Tell you what, since two weeks ago, I was one of the 12 pacers from Bintaro Trojan Runners  who obliged to accompany some runners who have target for the upcoming Jakarta Marathon 2016. Every single Sunday. Some excuses  (for not to be there) are oke tho 😉

Anyway, I cancelled the 100K Rapha Women Jakarta Chapter last month thus I wanted to participate this event. But I have a duty to be a pacer. Rizky, the PakAji told us just signed up and he’d nego with the pacer-ing thing. So there we were 😀

There were 3 groups in this event, with average speed of 40K(kilometer)P(er)H(our), 30Kph, and 20 Kph! Which group I fell into? Ha! Go Figure! =)) Fortunately, the fast cyclists from BTR were willing to downgrade their speed.

here’s the recap:

  • Picking up Vitri, at 4.30am (-____-) off we go to Gatot Subroto, Synthesis Building where the start line was. We got there at 5.30 something (we did sholat shubuh near Blok M. I took a slice of bread and water with honey as my intake.
  • Reunited with other friends from BTR, the boys did check and re-check my bike to make sure. I brought water with a tablespoon of honey in my bidon (bottle) for hydration purpose.

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  • Adit, the team captain, has divided who ride by whose side. Based on his plan, I suppose to be side by side Agnes. At about 6 am something flag off for the Charlie Team.
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Start Line

  • Took left turn, ride along Gatot Subroto and took left again entering Jl. DI Panjaitan. Unfortunately, we took the wrong way. Tiba-tiba stop, kita gotong2x sepeda ke jalan sebelah, heading for Bassura City in Cipinang which also marked as  the first water station. They greeted us with traditional dance from Bali and a cup of Cafe Latte from Starbuck! Finally, caffein intake for me! Reunited again with the BTR, than (forget who) reminded us again to stay in a pleton. Ngga boleh ada yang ngacir sendirian. Sebelumnya kami tercerai berai. Cyclist who made to this stop got blue bracelet. I took a banana and a bottle of water.  We had ride for 10 Kilometer.
  • Then we were heading back to Cawang again, unfortunately I didn’t recognize that I left Agnes, because I was busy catching up my friends. I forgot which route we took, the next thing I know was…we rode passing Pasar Grosir Cililatan, took left turn then  Jalan Raya Bogor which was A HELL! HELL ON (CYCLIST’s) EARTH. OH EM GEEEEE Moment! it was the  hardest multi tasking for me. Parts between balancing the bike (I put the cleat on, so I took my shoes off every now and then because I was afraid of falling down– kalau tiba ngerem tanpa leaps cleat), concentrating between  keep moving while dealing with the brainless Angkot’s and Kopaja Drivers who always made the sudden stop, many-many times I got to stop because there road was very occupied with brainless motorcyclist who took the contra flow on the left side. Hanjrit! Pengen gw tembak rasanya tuh pemotor lawan arah. Udah dia yang salah, dia yang maki-maki.  I stopped again busy catching up my breath (and guts). Fortunately, there was a motor marshal with the green vest  asking me whether I wanted to be evacuated or not. OH, NO WAY JOSE! I still had many power to complete the next route. I just hate this (sh*tty) road.

 

  • Then, Aphit was my pacer for the rest of the track until…suddenly…some marshal told us “Balik arah! Di sebrang pit stop-nya” It was around 15 km from the first station to the second. 15km of hell! *masih kesel plus gemetaran nulis ini*
    Jiah…..it was a hard maneuver for me. We stopped at Prajawangsa Apartment in Cijantung. A- IDR 250 mi0-under construction – apartment (or ground breaking phase, I can’t remember). I know the price,because the MC keep informing  us the price per unit 😉
    Here, the Kalimantan Timur dancers greeted us. If you befriended with me in FB or Instagram, I post a video of this dance. And owh, they gave us, ah I forgot Red Bracelet I guess.  Apiet tried his luck to shoot a balloon with Dayak’s traditional weapon. Nembak cewek ditolak terus sih ya, bro? Then we realized there were no Adit (the captain), Maya (Adit’s wife) and Rino. Unfortunately, there were no marshal around, so they kept straight instead of making a U-turn in Prajawangsa because nobody told them to. There were also some cyclists who got lost. Rino was really pissed off! (I would too,if I were him). Anyway, I took a fit bar and a bottle of Pocari for the intake. Owh, it was a-22.7Km- ride already.

 

  • Regrouping, we headed  back to Jalan Basuki, made U turn, then cruising  the rest of Jalan Raya Bogor  then made the right turn  to Jalan Raya Haji Juanda and here we went dealing with countless rolling road in Depok. I shifted my gear, tried to get my bike easier, here came the drama. The chain was misplaced. Rantai gw lepas, malih!  Pak Aji, VItri and even Mas RezPo stopped to help me :D. Done. Then I caught my group again, gowes (menurut gw)  sekencang-kencangnya dealing with the hilly road then here we go again, the chain misplaced again. Oh the-so-called-bike- drama. Dua kali rantai lepas. Fortunately (again), there was Mas Rezpo with the marshal again, helping me. Note to myself, I have to learn with so-called-shifting-gear incase gw mau sepedahan di Alpen. (Kalau ngayal, sekalian!) 
  • Suddenly I felt so exhausted that my feet were’t steady. Those were shaking but I kept moving. Traffic was better. Fortunately (catatan: BERDOA SEBELUM AKTIVITAS ITU PENTING ADANYA!) , some of Charlie Pleton stopped in traffic light. I gained by breath and my sanity back. Others were waiting 2o0 away. Later, we made right turn, heading for Universitas Indonesia then Jalan Raya Pasar Minggu (another  owh-so-called-kota-ini-kebanyakan-orang-ngga-tau-aturan-moment) in one of the train station. We were heading to the last pit stop in Kemang. I can recall, gw ngomel-ngomel ke Pak Aji “nih yeee…gara-gara elo  gw daftar ginian!” =)). *Asik-asik nyalahin orang aja*  The sun was quite hot too. Along Jalan Raya Pasar Minggu I was hallucinating, couldn’t tell the different between Race Marshal with green vest and Abang Ojek dari Grab Bike.
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somewhere in Depok

  • Last Pit Stop was Synthesis Reserve Kemang and the entertaniment was from Reog from Ponorogo. The cyclists who made it to this top received yellow bracelet. I parked my bike, had a bottle of water, Pocari and Fit Bar again. It was 9.30am something . scorching hot! Nyengat banget malih! It was a -48.4KM- ride already.

 

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  • To save time, we wanted this event to finish very…very soon. So, we took off. Always kept ourself in a group. Pak Giri did a very good job of opening the road so less hustle and bustle for us. So did Adit, the captain who patiently wait for the last person in group. Unfortunately, Agnes stopped in last pit stop. The rest of the track was fine. of course, since I quite familiars with this area (hell yeah, hahahha. Jakarta Timur asing deh buat gw) We made right turn from Jalan Ampera, dealed with undulating road of Jalan Mampang, smooth road in Jalan Rasuna Said, turn left to ITC Kuningan, climbed Karet fly over, made a U-Turn in front of City Walk (HELLO OFFICE BUILDING), climbed Karet Fly Over again, passing ITC Kuningan, made a left turn…and they (the fast cyclist such as Thya, Giri, Vitri, etc) went nuts! They rode with average 30’s KPH! Hmppphhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ditahan-tahan 50km sebelumnya, akhirnya lepas kendali! Made a U-turn in Tugu 66! Wooossss…I couldn’t see their sight again!
  • I stayed ISTIQOMAH! Sutrahlah…ntar lagi sampai. It’s Jalan Rasuna Said and Jl Gatot Subroto anyway. There were marshal too besides me. Someone who rode folding bike (crazy! folding bike for 71Km!) was ‘pushed’ on his back by the marshal. It would be easier for him to keep moving.
  • And there I go! Survived in one piece in never friendly Jakarta Road under the scorching sun! Ha!

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Done!


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Colorful Bracelets! Indonesia is ME

In case you are wondering, Synthesis is the developer that will build the mega block area. 😉 The tag line of the event was “Bring out Miles of Smiles”. All registration fee  will be donated for Operasi Bibir Sumbing.The- THUMBS UP- movement.

That is the recap of my first bike-only-event!  Big thanks to my Bintaro Trojan Runners (now cyclist) family.

Karena dengan kalianlah, kata PERTAMA KALI bisa diulang sampai RIBUAN KALI. 

Except for the part in Jalan Raya Bogor, the event was ok with sufficient water stations.

Until my first Audax  or Tour De in…

Yeah right! I was joking!

PS : for my non Indonesian reader, 71Km represent Indonesia’s Independence  day. it was on August 17th, 1945.