ANZA MTB blast to Drak Bike Park Batam Indonesia

Tales From The Dark SideBy Pete Williamson
Saturday 28 August 2018

So none of us had explored the place before but we had heard good things… so lets find out…

Let’s just say we weren’t disappointed and some eyes were opened …

Driven by our MTB Matriarch.. Liesbeth Kanis .. we got our shyte together .. found a date … finally got to understand why Wilson Low is the man if you want to learn how to MTB in the region and did it…

One day.. 6.15 am at Harborfront.. home about 4.30 – 5.00 but there is not one of us that regrets that…

Real countryside.. out of the city .. just do it enjoyment…

Obviously we were not locals .. so our attempted team photo at the entrance to Brak Bike Park was photo bombed a smidge … (the XC (Cross Country .. i.e. less technical)  park in Batam … not to be confused with the Enduro Park very popular with locals called Dangas)

.. which kinda sets the scene for riding in this region on MTB… you gotta just go with the flow…

So.. into the flow we go… what a superb bike park to hone your MTB skills… if you want to learn or get confident on your bike this is the place.. sorry Singapore.. there is nowhere in this league here…

A day or too here and Singapores tree roots and technical trails will change for you.. this is the land of gaining your mojo..

Not a lot of words needed…  we were under a forest canopy cruising beside water when the outside temperature was hitting mid 30’s or more.. just that little breeze…

What was critical to the success of this jaunt was the guidance and technical on the job coaching provided by Wilson Low…

To give you and idea of the value.. so ok, I might be a competitively natured old uncle .. but I ain’t no Mountain Biker when it comes to technical skills.. but I went from yesterday trailing this group and carrying the last man walkie talkie to today ..staying over and scoring 6 strava cups (4th to 7th) over the same trails thanks to the little tips that Wilson and this little group of riders gave me yesterday…

This is the place for MTB Mojo!

Cheers Guys

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