Batu 18 is a haven for cycling enthusiasts seeking adventure just outside the city


Photos By SAM CHEONG

Riding along Jalan Sungai Lui in Hulu Langat, Selangor.

Nestled in the tranquil landscapes of Hulu Langat, Selangor, lies Batu 18, a haven for cycling enthusiasts seeking adventure.

On weekends, this quaint town – two rows of zinc roofed half-cement, half-wooden single-storey shophouses – pulsates with the energy of riders.

The day kicks off at 5am, with eager cyclists embarking on exhilarating journeys through Hulu Langat, Semenyih, and the awe-inspiring Genting Peras at the Negeri Sembilan border.

Offering routes catering to varying skill levels, from a demanding 52km circuit to a more lenient 23km stretch, Hulu Langat ensures there’s something for everyone.

The ride from Batu 18 to Jalan Sungai Lui, and the thrilling descent to the Kuala Klawang-Semenyih intersection, promises an unforgettable experience.

Brave souls can tackle the gruelling 10km ascent to the Jelebu border, a test of precision, endurance, and unwavering determination.

The summit’s conquest rewards riders with the iconic Genting Peras sign, signalling triumph over the challenging climb and the beginning of a thrilling descent.

Cyclists riding in a peloton in Batu 18.Cyclists riding in a peloton in Batu 18.

However, the Hulu Langat loop isn’t for the faint-hearted, with sharp bends and steep descents testing every rider’s skills and bravery.

As the journey continues past the Langat Dam, cyclists are treated to panoramic views of the Langat Reservoir, offering the perfect backdrop for a brief respite and a snapshot to capture the ride’s beauty.

Completing the 52km loop is a ritual, culminating in a well-deserved breakfast at Nam Wah coffeeshop, a favourite haunt among cyclists.

Here, riders can replenish their energy with the local delicacy of nasi lemak and refreshing chilled barley water, sharing tales of their conquests and the road’s challenges.

The greenery and clean air along Jalan Sungai Lui attracts many cyclists from the Klang Valley.The greenery and clean air along Jalan Sungai Lui attracts many cyclists from the Klang Valley.

For tech-savvy riders, integrating Garmin bicycle GPS with the Komoot app ensures precise navigation, transforming every ride into an exploration of Hulu Langat’s hidden gems.

Easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur’s city centre via Jalan Cheras-Kajang, Hulu Langat’s Batu 18 is more than a mere cycling route.

It’s a picturesque journey, a test of endurance, and a meeting ground for nature lovers and cycling enthusiasts seeking respite from urban life.

Nam Wah coffeeshop in Batu 18 is a favourite stop among cyclists.Nam Wah coffeeshop in Batu 18 is a favourite stop among cyclists.


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