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Singapore - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Average Rating:    (3.96 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 28

Some gently sloping hills, but in other sections there are some killer climbs. Great for an all-round ride.
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Latitude
1.3547969821645598
Longitude
103.77668380737304
Trail Directions
Take Bukit Timah rd until you reach Rifle Range rd where a train crosses overhead. Go along Rifle Range rd until you see the signpost for the trail on the left. About 700~800m up the road.
Trail Length
12 Km
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Singapore
   


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Review Date
May 8, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ignaz ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Upslopes down slopes, nice stones, fallen branches, roots across the trail. Just when you think it is smooth riding, a hole, stone or some hidden obstacle appears in front. So don't for a second take your hands off that handle-bar, grip it hard. When it rains, it's very slippery, the sand and mud gets stuck in your disc brakes, rim brakes, eyes, mouth, and jersey pockets. The best riding conditions are when it rains less than an hour, 1 to 2 days before your ride; that's when the ground is firm but not dusty.

The most dangerous obstacles are ignorant groups hiking, hidden cross-country runners blocking the single-track sections, dumb-asses that stand on the smoothest paths on the uphill and downhill sections and expect you to ride over the dangerous holes and rocks, toddlers brought in by dumb-parents who let them run freely at the foot of the down hill bends. Be careful, be very careful. The trail now is constantly blocked by slow cyclists, cyclists going against the one way flow, and crazy hikers, if your average riding speed is 18km/h or more, please be alert, the only way that I have avoided crashing into them is to point the bicycle out of the trail and jump off.

I give it 5 stars because it's the only legal fun trail we have here in Singapore, it's the only one in which I can test my different bikes and setups on. I've broken chains a few times on the uphill climbs and blown my tyres many times on the down-hill sections (faster than 40km/h). Broken my rear derailuer, and it's sprocket tooth on the hidden rocks in the bushes that flank the trail. Bring lots of water, tyre repair kit and multitool. I actually ride it more than once a week, the different sections are good for testing all the new kit that comes out every year. I used to speed faster to kill the boredom of the repeating 6km loop, but it's not recommended these days; now I just buy new stuff to test it out there.

Recommended Route:
6km loop; just choose any entry point. I recommend starting at the Visitor Centre for those new to the trail. Entering the trail at the any other point could find you riding against the one way flow. Also be careful not to deviate from the main trail, because the small openings are for hikers and riding on into them will land you in trouble with the rude kind of park-rangers waiting for a promotion.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None. The others are illegal to ride on. There's the Dual Slalom course nearby at Chestnut Ave. But you need real skills and protective gear to ride it, they got mean jumps over there with some serious air-time, if you got the speed. I have to ride through Bukit Timah MTB trail on my Intense Uzzi DH, to get to the DS course, and the fun stops when you run out of water.



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Review Date
September 9, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Staka ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Mmmm...a lot has already been written about this trail but as I ride it a few times a week and have been lucky enough to have the perspective of other trails around the world, I thought I would add my two cents.

The BT trail itself is OK and comments by regular riders give a good idea of what to expect. The main thing to worry about is the blinking heat. Espcially if you are from cooler climes like me. I mainly ride it at night with a halide lamp. It's actually a better trail at night because it feels like you are going faster than you are. Stories of fit riders doing it in under 18 mins are entriely feasible. I can do it in 20 (at night)

There are a few short steep climbs but all are cleanable. It isn't really technical unless it's raining and then it gets a bit slippery. It used to have some interesting stuff, a step down or two, deep water gulleys etc. but these have gone since the trail maintenance crew have been round and filled in all the holes (Mid 04). I thought it was better the way it was before...oh well...

Singapore is only 50km long by 20km wide and extremely land scarce so I guess we are lucky to have BT. Unfortunately this is the only official trail (except Tampines, which is a joke) so locals have had to build other "unofficial" trails. Fortunately they are very close to BT.

Although not very hilly they comprise mainly of primary rain forest singletrack with lots of roots and a few log hops. It's possible to ride for a few hours on these trails and they offer a bit more of a technical challenge.

Difficult to explain where they are as they are well hidden, the best thing to do is stop someone who looks like they ride a lot (i.e. over 12, a dirty bike, scars on legs etc.) and they will probably be able to show you.

There's nothing quite like cycling singletrack through a tropical jungle. So it really is worthwhile riding BT just to find out where the secret trails are...

Recommended Route:
Only one way on BT, there are plans to reverse it early 05. For secret trails turn left at t-junction after section after the road. Ride up to rocks...ask someone...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I've heard different names : but try Ressers, Roots to the Road, Crocs, Butterfly's.



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Review Date
January 22, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: fuwei ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fairly easy trail. Only one hard uphill to conquer. Bumpy ride, so let out some air from your tyres. There's one downhill where there are ramps, good for jumping. But beware, a friend of mine was almost badly injured from jumping them.



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Review Date
January 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: MANS ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Must be careful on downhill slopes, esecially when your bicycle is not that superb to handle them. I've dived down those slopes a number of times. Fortunately, not bad injuries. A must for beginers who want to test the limits of their bicycles.



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Review Date
January 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jonathan , from TEXAS

Summary:
Trail not too bad. Best I've reiden in Singapore so far. Ate dirt on one of the downhill. An offcamberpipe crossesthe trail and does nothing for the your tires griping the trail. Nice sharp rocks to bite off big chunks of skin. Look out for the monkeys!



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