On 26 April, a Trial Duathlon was held at Moonriver Lodge. Participants and organisers of the Moonriver Lodge Trial Duathlon started arriving on 25 April to determine the route. The route began from Moonriver Lodge and headed out to the main road which is the Simpang Pulai – Gua Musang highway and would loop back into Moonriver Lodge.
After an early breakfast, the participants started their first 5km run at 7.15am. The run would be followed by a 25km bike stint and end with a final 5km run. We set up a transition area at the Activity Garden for participants to stop for water when picking up and dropping off their bicycles. We had one person leading the first runner on a motorcycle and one truck following the last runner.
We had 8 participants for the Trial Duathlon, most of whom are more experienced with running and less experienced with cycling. Out of the 8 participants, only 4 persons successfully completed the entire course while the others managed to complete the first 5km run and the 25km bike route. Moonriver Lodge’s very own Khoo Peng Keat experienced muscle cramps when cycling but after a short rest, he continued on and completed the entire course!
By the time the last of the runners returned around 9.45am, the sun was beating harshly down.
Although the number of participants were small, it was an exciting affair for us at Moonriver Lodge as we have only hosted trekkers in the past. Runners and cyclists are a new breed to us altogether! It must have been quite a sight for the farm workers to see the runners whizzing past them early in the morning.
At the end, the participants all agreed that the route was a great location for a Duathlon. It was beautiful to run and cycle along the roads, surrounded by the rise and decline of the beautiful mountains.
We look forward to the official Duathlon to be held at Sigar Highlands at the end of this year. For running and cycling enthusiasts, watch out for more updates as we are cooking up a cycling workshop and a running event in the lead up to the Duathlon.