Family ties that bind at PCC Interstate 2014
An event of this scale can only be successfully organised with a lot of support from family and friends. They say three’s a crowd but husband, wife and son team, James Bak, Christina Chen and son Xemeo make pretty good organising company with the backing of the PCC club and crew.
Many wives, family members and friends drove Support Cars along the route to provide food, water, electrolytes, bananas and carry tools for any mechanical problems. The climbing roads up to Frasers and Camerons does not have any shops for food and water, and so the Support Cars were always a source of respite for the cyclist, a smile for weary legs.
Husband and wife tag team from Penang, Syed Jaafar and Princillia Lee would ride alternate days while the other drove support, with daughter Lyeana in tow. The seven year-old princess has an eye for photography too and took many good shots over the weekend while Daddy drove past cyclists whom never failed to give her a smile.
Herbal Tea Truck!
At one point when I was in my support car, I told my cousin, Lydia Yeow who was driving for me, let’s go hunt for the ‘Herbal Tea Truck’! Doris Liew from KL who practically ran a ‘mobile restaurant’ had prepared 3 days in advance, boiling herbal tea and took the effort to freeze it into bottles.
She had also made banana pancakes and prepared sandwiches for her husband Bernard Chong and his group and her two sons whom tagged along for the weekend.
Alas, a massive event like this needs rigorous training every Sunday morning, starting from two months prior to the PCC Interstate organised by PCC’s Technical Road Director, Don Chan. Don’s wife Per-Li Cheah also participates faithfully every year, this year being their 16th time!
Ever vivacious and bubbly Joanna Teh from Penang saved me on the last day upon descending Camerons. While I stopped to wait for my group, she offered me not one but three types of muffins i.e. banana with chia seed, chocolate chip and Nestum! She was waiting on tirelessly for the last cyclist in her group in case he needed support.
It is money-can’t-buy camaderie like this and fellowship fostered on wheels that keeps me coming back time and time again to this annual PCC Interstate. There couldn’t be a better way to celebrate the Merdeka feeling among fellow Malaysians and share it with our foreign counterparts as well.