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Welcome To The Kuching Bike Hash Website
It is said that way back in the annals of time, the Kuching Bike hash was established as a means by which able bodied young men and women could gather at an appointed time and demonstrate to each other prowess upon the all-terrain bicycle.
Well this was sort of the idea, but it actually evolved during a late night back in 2003 when a few of the lads, having partaken of copious quantities of gaseous amber liquid, thought it would be a good thing to go out on their bikes the next morning, rid themselves of their hangovers and have a general thrash about. The result was the birth of the "Basher".
Mission Statement:To create and foster a spirit of friendship and mate-ship among the youth by providing discipline, healthy and ethical sport.
Objectives:To promote this social activity as one of the alternative.
To provide physical fitness through regular gathering.
To promote environmental friendliness through appreciation and conservation of nature.
To foster the understanding of civic, culture, social and moral of the community.
To create the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
To participate in State, National and International level events.
The IdeaA bike hash, or "bash" is a bunch of people ("bashers" or "hounds") cycling around in an area (typically communal forests, parks, countryside trails, rubber estate here in Malaysia) following bits of paper (like "paper trail") that has been laid earlier by the "hare". To make things more exciting, the paper trail includes a system of check-points ("checks") and false trails ("falsies"). A bit like treasure hunt meets orienteering, if you like, with a touch of sado-masochism thrown in every now and then. The checks and falsies also serve to keep the group more or less together in the estate and so making the hare's job of making sure all the hounds stay "found" easier.
The Adventure SpiritFor mountain bikers, part of the attraction of the bike hash is that it allows you access to new trails, as no two hashes are ever the same. If the hare is particularly adventurous, you may even be biking in an area totally new to mountain bikes, and so bike hashing is ideal for those who find racing on a closed loop antithetical to the mountain biking spirit of adventure.
The Rush and the PainMany bashers are hashers and runners too. To these people, hashing on mountain bikes offers the exhilaration and adrenalin rush that is difficult to emulate while trail running, without risk of serious ankle injury. Reformed runners who turn to bashing tend also to enjoy the self-flagellation aspend of an endurance sport like mountain biking - thus completing the transformation to an adrenalin junkie without necessarily giving up the pleasures of being an endorphin addict.
The AccessibilityBut while it is true that the bike hash has its fair share of certifiable cuckoos, the bike hash is also intended to be accessible to riders of all abilities. Because there is always two "runs" - a Long and a Scenic - you are always assured of a ride that is appropriate for your level of ability, it is an unwritten charter of the KBH that its hashes be suitable as a family activity, and so loutish drunkenness is happily absent at the post-ride drinks.
Hash History"Hashing" envolved in pre-war Malaysia by idle Mat Salehs (Ang Mo) who felt compelled to justify their drinking habits in ways other than the occasional rugby game, and is now an international activity with more than 1000 hash chapters all over the world. The Hash House Harriers has been famously described as a drinking club for people with a running problem on account of the apres-hash activity of imbibing on the amber anaesthatic.
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