Get Ready for Malaysia’s First Gravity Sports Outlaw Race

After a long hiatus from updating this website, I am excited to announce that Team Hardcore Pavement will be organizing Malaysia’s very first gravity sports outlaw race. Gravity sports has picked up pretty quickly in recent years in Southeast Asia, with a growing number of riders in Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Outlaw races have been popping up like wild mushrooms in Philippines, so I figured it’s about time we held an outlaw race in Malaysia. This is sure to be a big hit with the guys from Singapore as they are all very stoked with the hills we have here!

It should be noted that this is an OUTLAW event. As such, this is an unofficial event, i.e. no road permit. However, the event will be organized as professionally as possible in order to minimize the impact on the public’s perception of the sport, the authorities, and the environment.

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EVENT DETAILS

Event: KKB Outlaw Race #1
Date: 29 January 2011
Venue: Kuala Kubu Bahru, Selangor

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The road is a 3 km road course located next to a dam with an amazing view. It is a divided highway with 2 lanes on each side of the divider. After about 1.5 km, the road is no longer divided, i.e. from 4 lanes total, it becomes 2 lanes again. It is a non-technical road with gentle sweepers and mostly straights that can be taken without footbraking (airbraking is sufficient to control your speed safely). The road surface is smooth and immaculate.

Length: 3 km
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Street luge max speed: 80 km/h
Downhill skateboard max speed: 70 km/h

The road is located next to a dam with an amazing panoramic view

View from the start area

Gentle sweeping corner after the first straightaway

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

TIME ACTIVITY
7:30 – 9:00 Drive from KL to KKB
9:00 – 9:15 Riders briefing
9:15 – 9:30 Course clearance and rider preparation
9:30 – 12:00 Morning practice
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break
13:30 – 14:30 Afternoon practice
14:30 – 15:30 Street luge race
15:30 – 17:00 Downhill skateboard race
17:00 – 17:30 Prize giving
17:30 – 19:00 Drive back to KL

ENTRY FEES

First discipline: RM 10
Second discipline: RM 5

STREET LUGE RENTAL

To encourage the growth of street luge in Malaysia, I will be renting out 4 of my spare luges for this event, as shown above. All luges will be rented out for the same price, at RM 50 each. This once off rental fee ensures that you get the luge to yourself for use for the whole day. Interested riders must email me at info@teamhardcorepavement.com to reserve their luge in advance. Indicate which luge you would like, A, B, C, or D. If you do not reserve your luge in advance, I will not bring it to the event. No prepaid deposit is required, just an email or PM on Facebook to reserve your luge is sufficient. Serious riders only. The luge of your choice will be reserved for you on a first come first serve basis, so hurry before you miss out!

Those wishing to street luge should bring a pair of their sturdiest shoes to brake with as I do not have any spare braking shoes that I can provide. Don?t worry, you won?t be footbraking a lot since this road is not that technical and you can simply airbrake to save your shoes.

I have 2 spare helmets I can bring for those doing street luge only. If you are a downhill skateboarder who wishes to street luge, I will assume you already have your own helmet.

As for gloves, I only have 1 pair of spare gloves if anyone wants to use them.

ROAD CONTROL PROCEDURE

Since this is an outlaw event, we will have to maintain road control at all times. We will position someone by the waterfall area with a radio to inform the start line of any traffic coming from behind. The person stationed at the waterfall area shall be rotated every run. Once clearance has been given, 2 chase vehicles (1 in each lane) will follow the riders down the road to prevent any potential traffic from behind from overtaking. This will ensure that all the riders in front are kept safe and they can utilize both downhill lanes.

Depending on the number of riders who show up, there will be more than 2 chase vehicles driving down the road every run. Based on my predicted forecast, a minimum number of 4 vehicles are required for transporting all the riders up the hill.

One marshall will need to be positioned at the dam lookout point because there is a break in the divider at that particular point. Traffic can potentially come from there too.

We will try our best to make sure radios are available and functioning properly. No guarantee is given on the range of the radios.

You will be able to make use of both lanes due to having 2 chase vehicles driving in each downhill lane to protect you from traffic from behind

SAFETY

Your safety is important to us. That is why this outlaw shall only be extended to riders whom I shall deem as possessing good judgment. We will begin the day with a riders briefing before any riding begins.

In addition to road control, safety gear is mandatory to participate in this event. Minimum full face helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads are required. No exceptions.

RACE FORMAT

For the street luge race, since there are only 4 street luges to be rented out, then we shall send all 4 riders down at the same time, for 4 race runs. Your finishing position in each race run will determine your point. For example, first place gets 1 point, second place 2 points, third place 3 points, and fourth place 4 points. At the end of the 4 race runs, all your points will be added up. The person with the lowest points is declared the winner.

I will not be racing in the street luge race, so you don’t have to worry about me!

For the downhill skateboard race, since we do not have much time on the schedule to do timed qualifying, we will pick numbers from a box to determine seeding position. We will race according to the 4-man IGSA racing bracket. Therefore everyone will be placed into the bracket randomly. Currently, my prediction is that we will have about 16 riders showing up, so we will utilize a 4-man bracket for a 16-man field. All the loser rounds will be run as well. Therefore if you fail to advance to the semis and the finals, you will still be able to continue racing in the loser rounds. Everybody then gets equal amount of riding time down the hill so you can continue gaining valuable racing experience.

Get your game on!

PRIZES

I will be sponsoring a set of used wheels, i.e. Seismic Speed Vent 85mm 79a for the winner of the street luge race. The wheels still have a lot of life on them as I only used them for one race (Australia 2009).

Martin Siegrist will be sponsoring a set of ABEC11 wheels for the winner of the downhill skateboard race.

In addition, trophy certificates will be given to the podium finishers, so you have some memorabilia to take home with you!

WEATHER

The weather at KKB is usually very hot and sunny. The road at KKB does not have any trees by the side of the road to give shade. Therefore you are encouraged to wear a hat, sunblock, and drink PLENTY of water to keep yourself hydrated. The sun out there can be scorching and this is the only place in Malaysia where I end up getting a headache at the end of the day due to dehydration (DESPITE drinking constantly). Isotonic drinks are probably recommended to prevent this (heat stroke effect).

FOOD AND DRINK

There are no food places nearby, so you are advised to pack your own lunch. We will work towards providing a free lunch pack for the volunteer drivers, marshalls, and course workers.

WAIVER FORMS

You will be required to sign a waiver prior to participating in this outlaw event. The waiver forms will be brought to the event.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions, please email me and I will do my best to answer you.

See you on the hill soon and ride hard!

Still worried about this event being an outlaw? Even the cops are cool with us! As long as we ride responsibly, and the event goes as smooth as possible, we should not encounter these guys!

After countless runs of riding a 3 km road the whole day, you too will end up sleeping like this at the end of the day!

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