With the modern lifestyle seeing a rapid progression in this country, it seems that more and more Malaysians are placing health and fitness as integral habits to adopt. It’s certainly a welcome trend, especially when you consider the fact that our country, a food paradise of sorts, also has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia!
It seems that gyms are popping up in every corner of the city and health supplements always make an appearance on our social media feeds. One such fitness trend which has gained immense popularity in the recent years is cycling. This comes as no surprise as the activity combines elements of both fitness and recreation.
However, the hustle and bustle of the city, especially in the Klang Valley, makes cycling a rather challenging habit to get into. But fret not, because, despite bad traffic and poor road conditions, there are still plenty of solutions.
Here are 8 cycling trails in Malaysia that you can follow.
1.Shah Alam cycling lanes
The Selangorian capital is a beautiful city. Despite its modernity and eye-capturing landmarks, there is plenty of greenery throughout its landscape.
Furthermore, the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has introduced dedicated bicycle lanes to connect the areas in Section 4, 5, and 14. So, not only is there better safety for cyclists, but the route is also more scenic as you’ll get to pass the Shah Alam Lake Garden and landmarks such as the famous Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Mosque.
2. Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle
Yes, in our intro, we already addressed how the traffic situation in the city makes it unsuitable for cycling. However, twice a month, the major streets of Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle will be closed to motorised vehicles for two hours on Sunday mornings.
Known as KL Car Free Morning, it happens on the first and third Sunday of every month from 7 to 9 am. People are free to go cycling, jogging, walking or even skating during this period.
3.Desa Parkcity Central Park
If you are in search of a spot which is suitable for families and the more casual cyclists, then head on over to Desa Parkcity Central Park. This is a scenic recreational area which also happens to be pet-friendly.
Here, you can ride on its 9-foot-wide pathway while enjoying the refreshing lakeside breeze. Although the area is relatively new, it is proving to be a hit amongst the crowd.
4.Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
For those who want to get away from the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur and cycle in a real forest environment, then FRIM is the place to be. Situated along the Selayang-Kepong Highway, it is only 16 km away from the city.
Mountain bikes are available for rent here and prices start at RM6 for the first hour and RM2 for each subsequent hour. Considering that a tropical forest has many different terrains, this trail is for the more adventurous cyclist.
Compared to the first four trails, this route is meant for more serious and advanced cyclists. The distance here is around 20 km and includes some hill climbs. The roads along the way are rather quiet and mostly surrounded by greenery.
The starting point is at Pekan Batu 18, Jalan Ulu Langat, and the finish is at the roadside Genting Peres signboard right at the border of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. This signboard has also become a popular photo spot. Just like how Bukit Tabur has become THE spot for hikers to take photos, Genting Peres has become the equivalent for cyclists.
This route is known as a favourite for cyclists who seek a more challenging and gruesome route. The starting point is usually near the Gombak Orang Asli Hospital and the peak point is at the flyover leading into Genting Sempah.
With a distance of around 30 km, it includes a continuous climb of 15 km. The route is full of curvy bends and is best done on Sundays in order to avoid the heavy traffic on normal weekdays.
Another option to follow is to cycle along the motorcycle lanes of the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE). Most cyclists go for a cycling loop which starts from Bukit Jelutong until the loop point at the flyover which connects the GCE and the LATAR Expressway.
The slopes are not too steep here and cyclists will also go through several underpass tunnels. The motorcycle lanes are also in good condition so cyclists can look forward to a pleasant ride ahead.
8.Kuala Kubu Bharu to Fraser’s Hill
From the quaint little town of Kuala Kubu Bharu, cyclists can opt to take a ride up to Fraser’s Hill. The total distance is around 41 km and it is full of beautiful scenery, especially when you pass the Sungai Selangor Dam.
Cyclists can even opt for a different route by following an off-track road not far from the dam and head to the Sungai Chilling Fish Sanctuary and Waterfall. That way, after the ride they can enjoy a relaxing time with their friends by the waterfall.
Written by Ashraf Wahab behalf of BBazaar Malaysia.
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