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Ta Kwai

 

 

By bike to Ta Kwai...I made it into a 90km round trip, and got some unaccustomed practice at riding quite steep hills [up to 14%] in the Donrak Ranges near the border...puff puff...

 

Ta Kwai

 

Yesterday I competed in a 90km bicycle race, the route of which included another visit to this wonderful place...it was a quite difficult race, but I was pleased to get 2nd place in the 40+ category, and won a trophy for coming in 10th overall, out of 300+ participants. I was the oldest competitor, and the only foreigner, so countless people pressed me into joining their "teams" for group photos. No scones with jam&cream, but there was plenty of free Thai food served at the finish.

 

 

Ta Kwai

 

 

By bike to Ta Kwai...I made it into a 90km round trip, and got some unaccustomed practice at riding quite steep hills [up to 14%] in the Donrak Ranges near the border...puff puff...

 

Ta Kwai

 

Yesterday I competed in a 90km bicycle race, the route of which included another visit to this wonderful place...it was a quite difficult race, but I was pleased to get 2nd place in the 40+ category, and won a trophy for coming in 10th overall, out of 300+ participants. I was the oldest competitor, and the only foreigner, so countless people pressed me into joining their "teams" for group photos. No scones with jam&cream, but there was plenty of free Thai food served at the finish.

 

 

comments (16)

Lovely place... and kudos for your ride, and your placement! That's fantastic - very impressive!!
Ray: It was a lot of fun, Elizabeth, and interesting to see how my riding compared to that of others who take cycling seriously.
CONGRATULATIONS, Ray. That sounds most impressive on all levels. All your hard work has paid off.
Ray: I think I am turning into a SE Asia version of Our Al, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Aug 2017, 06:42
Congratulations indeed, sir!!!!!!!! 'We' oldies can do more than they think. Wonderful pictures here. I love the way the wall next to the stairs is the looong body of the 5 headed snake.
Ray: Better to keep trying, than to just sit and watch, Astrid.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Aug 2017, 06:42
Oh, my respect - your are topping biker Mr. Alan Rolfe!
Ray: Oh no...no-one can compare with our Alan, Philine.. he is a Legend of Shutterchance and an inspiration to us all.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Aug 2017, 07:09
Avec la chaleur, ça ne doit pas être évident de faire de si longues distances.
Ray: Vous avez raison, Martine ... la chaleur et l'humidité se combinent avec les collines et la distance pour faire des manèges comme celui-ci un bon défi!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 28 Aug 2017, 07:10
For an old man you are a shining example to us all..
Ray: "Shining" works [as in Chrome bumperbars on veteran motorcars], but...I say...steady on with your use of that term "old" [as in crust found in the bottom of the bread tin during the once-in-a-decade cleaning spree].
90KMS oupss, bravo !
Felicitations pour ce trophée ..La photo est très belle
Bonne journée Ray
Ray: Bon amusement, et dans une belle partie du Land, Claudine. Je vous remercie.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Aug 2017, 07:40
Ray: I re-checked, and looked at the Strava stats of other riders, and it seems a couple of the long "ups' were more like 18% than 14%...for a flatland rider, like me, this is hilly!

You, Sir, are a Mountain Goat...a hoary, smelly, fecund, sure-footed, climbing engine, and I sit [up-wind, of course] at your cleated hooves!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 28 Aug 2017, 08:10
Very well done there, Ray. Did you decide to join a team?
Ray: I think I am now the honorary member of at least seven cycling clubs, Lisl. smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 28 Aug 2017, 09:07
I am sure it had done you a power of good Ray.
Ray: I believe there are physical and mental benefits in bag-fulls from this kind of day out, Chad.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Aug 2017, 12:17
Ray: I forewent the rice-based food in favour of the coconut icecream, Louis...it was excellent!

Bike racing is going through a boom in Thailand, and there are people out on the roads in the early morning and late afternoon in nearly every village.

I was surprised by the number of very fit folks on high-end bikes...carbon-framed things with electronic gear shifters.

I enjoyed the race...friendly folks who seemed very pleased that an ancient foreigner was joining in...competently run...competitive! I was keen to try to gauge my level of capability, and was quite encouraged by the results.

This race had only Under40 and Over40 categories. The overall winner of the race was aged between 40-50 and was built like Froomey...I would have won an Over50 category if it existed.
You are the Chris Boardman of Thailand Ray
Ray: An interesting metaphor, Bill.

My goal is to see how far I can ride in 1 hour...this was one of Boardman's, O'Bree's, Wiggins' goals...a seriously difficult physical challenge, in which all these blokes were World Record Holders in velodromes.

The World Record for a 70-74 year old is a bit over 41km, set by Mike Cotgreave from Cheshire in a Welsh velodrome. I would like to see how close I can get to that mark.
Well done, that man!
Ray: I like to challenge myself, Tom...I think it is more healthy than popping pills and being careful!
Well done Ray, I wish I had your stamina, perhaps that's why I'm not a sprightly 73 year old!
Ray: I spend a fair bit of my life practicing sprightliness, Brian...other people spend the hours on other "hobbies".
It looks like the Buddha is encouraging you to finish...
Ray: Ha Ha

It is just a chunk of carved rock, Larry...
Excellent finish, Ray. You da man!

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