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Monday, December 28, 2009

My Birthday Ride

For my birthday this year, I decided to let go of any expectations. I thought that if I want something really exciting to happen, I should be on top of it.

So I left the office at 2:00 p.m. in an act that we call the way of the ninja, got my bike and gear, picked up King from his house and biked in Maarat.

It was the best gift I ever received. The weather was excellent, the trail was in good condition and the sights are to die for.

Check it out!

Completing the climb from the nursery

On our way home

Curious as to where we rode? Here's our route.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I am Master Olympic

Today I am Lance Armstrong, doing my laps in the UP Academic Oval on the Colnago Master Olympic road bike equipped with a second-hand Shimano Ultegra 6600 gruppo and a brand-new Mavic Aksium Race wheelset. It was hard doing the false flat on 53 x 12 gears but I have to do it.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Cycling Prank

For most of us who will be back to work again today after the unexpected three-day weekend, here's a nice video of a cycling prank that's surely worth the office bandwidth.

Thanks to Ricky Ledesma for sharing the link in the Philippine Cycling Network egroup.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

No Long Weekend Ride for Me

It's another long weekend but it doesn't apply for me because of this event on Sunday. Bummer. Oh well.

To all those who are biking I pray that you all be safe. Have fun. And take lots of pictures if you can.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Biking in Manila: Fort Bonifacio Tracks (The Army Trail)

For those who are in Manila for a business trip and are staying in Makati City, this is the mountain bike trail nearest you. Located inside the Fort Bonifacio camp, this trail is about two kilometers long per loop made from about two lots inside the base.

You have two choices here: The easy trail and the hard trail.

It’s open on daily from 6:00 a.m..

You will need to bring a valid ID to get in the base. You're also required to wear your helmet at all times. I've yet to check if they bar foreigners from riding the trails because it's inside the base.

Fee:
P50.00 per entry

How to go there:
From Ayala Avenue, cross EDSA to McKinley Road, take a right at 5th Avenue and then left at Bayani Road. The entrance to the camp is on your left before the road turns left.

Map :


Photos:
Check out these photos from Mon Solo on Flickr.
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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Giro Ionos with a visor?!


While Giro's offering the Athlon to the public as the next generation E2, Lance Armstrong races in the Leadville Trail 100 using a Giro Livestrong Ionos with a visor! It goes to show just how poor mediocre the Athlon is as a cross country mountain bike helmet.

Now where do I line-up to get me one of them visored Ionos helmets? Been seeing them during rainy stages of some road bike races. This is the first time I saw it on dirt.

The photo is courtesy of Kurt Hoy of Singletrack.com.

Thoughts On My Bike


This film was by Andrea Dorfman for the 2009 NYC Bicycle Film Festival.

The link to this video was shared by one of the members from the Philippine Cycling Network. It was such an eye opener for me after I clicked on the link and watched the film.

Do me a favor. After you watch it from this blog, make it a point to share it with your friends. And if you have one, go out and bike.

Have a great Saturday.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Resurrecting an Old Friend: The Continental Avenue Semi-slick tires

Tomorrow, we'll be taking a break from the usual trails and hit the road on our mountain bikes to finally see for ourselves the monster climb that is the Sierra Madre. Many of our friends who tried it were telling stories of the epic route - on how relentless the climbs were.

With this, I'm resurrecting one of my old friends to help me in completing this quest. I'm talking about my trusty Continental Avenue semi-slick tires, of course.

This pair has been with me for about a decade and it hasn't failed me yet. In my years in Batangas, it took me to countless town fiestas and adventures to Mabini and beyond. The last time I used it was in a marshal training ride for the Tour of the Fireflies five years ago. After that, I unofficially retired it as I rode the trails more.

I installed it a few minutes ago to a bike it can hardly recognize (save for the Onza titanium bar-ends). I just hope that it's still strong enough to carry me to the top.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Quezon City Day Mountain Bike Ride


It was Quezon City Day yesterday - a much-needed non-working holiday for people working in good ol' QC. And what better way to spend it than a sweet mountain bike ride to one of its jewels - the La Mesa Nature Reserve!

It was raining on the way to the reserve, but the weather was superb when we got there. There was no rain but it wasn't hot either. And save for three other mountain bikers who joined the group, we had the whole park to ourselves that morning.

In the video are two of my officemates - Jun Punzal and Jonathan Mayo.

Thanks also to Chris, our guide.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's a stem, dammit!


This, my dear friends, is a bike part called the stem. So please do not call it a freakin' handlepost. No, it's not a headpost either.

Proof:
Go to this online shop and this one and try to see if they sell a bike part called handlepost or a headpost. You can try looking for it in Wikipedia, if you like.

Only this "shop" calls it as such.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Travis Brown's Badass Leadville Bike

Of course the whole Leadville 100 race this year was all about Lance Armstrong beating Dave Wiens, and that he soloed for a huge part of the race after the infamous Columbine climb and finished with a flat tire. Congratulations are in order.

With that said, I now focus on what I think is the most interesting set-up for the whole race, and that is Travis Brown's Trek Top Fuel.

Many of us know Travis as one of the classic mountain bikers back in the 90's. Now semi-retired (If I'm not mistaken), he was brought in by Trek to help pace Lance in the 2009 Leadville 100 mountain bike race.

He did come, and he brought with him his secret weapon - a full-suspension Trek Top Fuel with a 2x10 SRAM/Shimano hybrid drivetrain and drop bars!

Check. It. Out.



It kinda reminds you of the early days of John Tomac riding the Mammoth Mountain Downhill Race on his Yeti equipped with a drop bar.

You can read up on this and see more pictures from the VeloNews article.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Shoes: Louis Garneau Trail Grip



Got myself a new pair of mountain bike shoes today, thanks to the wonderful guys at All Terra Bike Shop. It's a pair of Louis Garneau Trail Grip Shoes andfor only P2,900, it's definitely a steal! Fit is OK and the profile is wider than the relatively pointy Shimano M-151G that I have. Now I can retire my old ones hoping that maybe my toenails will start to grow this time.

Friday, August 14, 2009

It's all about Performance

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Glad I didn't flake!

I was thinking of flaking this morning's ride because of the weather. I checked the online report and it predicted that it will be raining. I texted King and asked him if it wad a go. "Game," he replied. And so I took out the bladder from the freezer and filled it with water, loaded my bike on the roof and left for Commonwealth Avenue to meet with King and his friends.

The ride was quite refreshing. With newbies in tow, it was a short pedal going to Giant, the sari-sari store at the end of the road in Timberland Heights. As predicted by Accuweather, we rode in the rain in some parts of the trip. But that was OK because it wasn't that hard and it added some spice to the ride.

Instead of doing the straight main road route, we took a slight detour to the Roxas trail for the nice fast downhill section. No, we didn't take the trail. We just rode the gravel road.

Check out the pics:

King and I

Outside the Giant Store

I'm looking forward to riding with this fun bunch again.

p.s. Notice my Oakley MFrames? Yup, managed to get a clear Hybrid S lens from Benjie of Joven Bike Shop yesterday. After today's ride, it's worth it!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

When will Oakley be selling Jawbones in the Philippines?

Ever since Oakley placed the Jawbones in their online catalog, I've been going to various dealers in the Metro, hoping to try these out for myself. Being a satisfied user of their Racing Jackets, I'm curious as to how these sunglasses are tagged as the evolution of that model.

I've gone to as far as sending an email to a fellow cyclist who works at the Philippine Oakley distributor just to find out the exact date. According to him, it should come out in June. Should. Well, the last day of the month is this coming Tuesday. Maybe they'll have it in the dealers shelves by then.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race Video



At first, the video was supposed to be from the point of view of me riding the bike, but after the trial run I realized that the Flip Video isn't that stable even if the mount was zip tied. So the next best thing was to take videos of the race after mine.

Check it out and let me know if you're here.

Looking for the result? Check it out here at PhilMoFo. As per Agu, it has to be ironed out because there are some names not in the list (including his).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Excited for the 2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race

My Men's Health All-Terrain Race Race Number

This evening I joined several people from the cycling and running communities in the unveiling of the 2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race. This nice and comfortable event was held at the mezzanine of the Stock Market, a nice restaurant in Bonifacio High Street.

I have to admit it felt weird when Agu, the magazine's editor-in-chief, invited us over dinner to get support for their race. "Agu, you know you don't have to take us to dinner to get our support," was what I replied back to his text message. I've always been to their races and even volunteered to be a marshal at their first Urbanathlon. Of course, a freebie dinner is quite hard to resist. Plus it would be great to see other cycling people without their helmets on. So at 5:30 in the afternoon, I left South Triangle in Quezon City to join the event.

The 2009 Men's Health All-Terrain Race will be a little different than the previous years. This year the gates of the Sta. Elena will open to trail runners and mountain bikers for the first time to give them a taste of what they have to offer soon. Based from Bruce, the 12-kilometer route they tried this morning would make people want to bring hydration packs. There are no big climbs, he added, but doing several laps would be very challenging.

Hearing this from him I was really intrigued by what the golf course can offer. And when Men Health's Christine Ong showed us some pictures of the trail, I knew I just had to give it a go. What have I got to lose? They even have a category for big boys like me - a big plus. So when Vince, the race organizer, asked for our race registration forms, I quickly filled up mine and gave it to him.

Interested in joining the event? Check out the Men's Health website as well as the websites of R.O.X. and FinishLine or you can click on the poster below to view the details.

Men's Health All-Terrain Race 2009 Poster

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

How to overhaul a Crank Brothers Candy Pedal

I've been browsing around VeloNewsTV when I saw this really nice video on overhauling a Crank Brothers pedal. Being a Crank Brothers user myself, I just felt that this wonderful information should be shared to others.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

My First Bataan Killer Loop Ride

This is a nice surprise! Our dear bike mate, Paul David, uploaded our Bataan Killer Loop ride on YouTube. Now that's awesome! Check it out!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Time to install them mud tires

The rainy days are here again and, unless you're into carrying your rig because the wheels are too caked up with mud that it won't turn anymore, it's time to install the mud tires.

For years I have always been using the same tire, whether it's raining or not. Now that I have a pair of Nevegals installed, I know that it's just going to cake up when I start riding the clay trails of San Mateo. So my quest for a pair of mud tires for this season begins.

I was initially planning to get a pair of Continental Cross Country 1.5s but it's not available at the moment, according to the person from the other line at Newton Bike Shop. Sadly, they don't know when the next shipment will be. For a while I was thinking of buying a pair online and having it shipped here, but with the taxes and other charges, it's just not worth it.

That would've been a blast. Imagine a pair of foldable 1.5-inch wide mud tires on your cross country rig. I used to ride these when I was biking in Batangas. I remember climbing the rockiest mountain of Batangas City with this slapped on my Spinergy Rev-X-Roks.

OK. So Plan A didn't work out well. Time for Plan B.

I called up the nearest bike shop in the office, Extreme Bike Shop, to see what nice mud tires they have in their collection. Leizl told me that they have a pair of Kenda King of Traction tires. Oh yeah! I dropped by their place as soon as I left work. Now they just have to be installed for testing this weekend.

I can't wait.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Time for a break

All that biking is taking its toll on my legs.

In today's La Mesa ride, I was having a harder time climbing than usual. There's really nothing wrong with how I spin the cranks. On the contrary, I think it was actually improving. It's just that my legs were hurting, particularly the muscles in the inner thigh area. There was even a point that I was on the verge of cramping! Now that would've been funny - surviving Bataan and La Mesa only to suffer cramps on the way to the Giant store. And no,we didn't climb the wall.

Sheesh! I think I'm getting a massage tomorrow.

Friday, April 10, 2009

First Impression: WTB Nano Saddle

Why is it that when we buy something new for the bike, we almost always have to schedule a nice ride to try it out? Case in point: me and my new WTB saddle.

Yes my friends, I've decided to let go of my hard and stiff Selle Italia Trans Am for a WTB Nano saddle. With WTB getting good reviews in terms of comfort, buying one for only P1,000 from Ato of PhilMoFo is a no brainer. It's definitely a steal, and if you hurry, he still might have some stocks. Check out his thread at the Philippine Mountain Biking Forum.

If you can still remember, I bought my old saddle from a PCN member based in Pampanga. It was stiff when I got it but I figured, with my weight and the kilometers I'm gonna put on this, it's bound to get comfortable. Well, a few years later, it's still as stiff as hell.

I was thinking of visiting Dan's Bike Shop in Makati this holiday break to check out their Specialized Body Geometry saddles when I stumbled upon this good deal. I guess I won't need that anymore.

Now for the ride.

I was supposed to ride to Antipolo today but I woke up late and there were a lot of pilgrims going up Sumulong. In short, I didn't feel like it. So instead of that, I did a nice and sweet UP-Ateneo loop just to try out the saddle.

With just a few kilometers, I can feel the difference already. Although my butt was a bit sore from the La Mesa ride yesterday using my old saddle, the WTB Nano seems to be OK.

As part of my Good Friday thing, I washed my bike and even applied some tire black on my Nevegals. I guess that's all for nothing as we're heading to the hills of Licao-Licao tomorrow - perfect place to try out my new stuff.

La Mesa Ride with Justin Steiner of Dirt Rag Magazine


Needless to say, the white dude is Justin Steiner from Dirt Rag Magazine. He visited the Philippines for the first time to check out this year's Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival in Subic.

The ride in the La Mesa Nature Reserve is his last one before flying back to the US. He also rode Maarat the day before with the Voodoo guys Agu and Polly!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Bicycling's Bike Maintenance Checklist

Yesterday, I was doing the rounds, hopping from one cycling site to the other, checking out what's new until I stumbled upon this nice checklist from Bicycling on Spring Bicycle Maintenance. Now, we really don't have spring here in the Philippines. Nonetheless, I really think that some of these are very applicable to us, especially for those who are going back to biking after a long hiatus. Here's the low down :

1. Inspect the frame for cracks
Cracks usually occur near welded areas, or where the frame is butted. Probably the most common spot is the underside of the down tube, just below the head tube. On carbon frames, it can be difficult to tell if you’re looking at a scratch in the clearcoat or a crack in the frame. If your fingernail can catch on the blemish, it might be a crack. If you have your suspicions, go to the shop.

2. Remove and lube your seatpost
Mark the height of your seatpost with tape or a pencil, then remove it, wipe it clean and, if it’s steel or aluminum, smear a light layer of grease over the section that goes inside the frame.

3. Check that wheels are clean and true
Dirty rims interfere with stopping power, so first clean the rims with a slightly abrasive pad, or just scrub hard with a rag soaked in dish soap, and then rinse and dry. Then, check to see if your wheels are wobbling. On warped wheels, the ride is rougher, you have less control, and you could end up on the ground if the wheel folds or a spoke breaks.

4. Adjust or replace your brakes
Glazed brake shoes cause weak braking and impolite squeals. Use sandpaper to buff off the glaze and roughen up the pads. Also pick out dirt, grit or pieces of metal that have become imbedded in the pad. If the pad has hardened so much you can’t scratch it with your fingernail, or if it’s worn past the indicator line, replace it.

5. Check cleats for wear
Worn-out cleats can be dangerous, with less predictable entry and release. They also offer less stability as the cleats float around in the pedal jaws, making you feel disconnected from the bike and ultimately reducing the amount of power you can lay down. Some manufacturers have wear indicators on their cleats. For other brands, watch for gouges and scratches at the engagement points at the front and rear of the cleat. If you have to tighten the tension of your pedals for them to hold your cleats in place, replace the cleats.

6. Clean or replace your chain
Place the edge of a 12-inch ruler over the pin of one link. The 12-inch hash mark should sit over another pin. If it doesn’t, the chain is worn, which reduces shifting efficiency and causes excess wear on the rings and cassette; replace it. If the chain is fine, soak a clean rag with degreaser, and with your bike in a work stand, grasp the chain with the rag as you packpedal to remove grime. Then put a drop of lube on the top of each link and backpedal a few revolutions.

7. Adjust shifting
You can make your shifting smoother than a well-organized bank heist simply by following these foolproof steps for setting up your derailleurs. Clean parts are a must for this job, so make a drivetrain scrub the first step in this process, or, ideally, do this adjustment while replacing your chain or cables.

8. Inspect helmet for damage
When you replace your helmet depends how much you used it, how roughly you transported it and how much it was exposed to sun and heat. Fading color, delamination, frayed straps and distorted internal foam (not to mention cracks) indicate it's time for replacement. One rule: Always replace your helmet after a crash.

9. Check tires for cuts and wear
Deflate the tube to about half its pressure, so the tire is still shaped but pliable. Roatating the wheel in the frame, manipulate the tire with your hands to expose cuts in the sidewalls or tread. If you find any that go either entirely through the tire, or are deep enough to make you anxious, replace the tire. Rule of thumb for mountain tires: If five or more treads are ripped away, the tire is ready to fail systemically and should be replaced if you want to avoid lots of flats.

Check out the article here.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Bataan Killer Loop (or half loop, in our case)

This image on your left is the reward you get as you reach the top of the Bataan Killer Loop Trail. When I saw it I couldn't help but try to whistle the Marlboro theme. Yup, TRY to whistle - that's because I was trying to catch my breath.

So yesterday we finally rode the Bataan Killer Loop trail again after three years. The team for this trip includes Victor Paterno, King Bernas, Mike Tanjangco, Clarence Guerrero, Mike and Megan Ortiz, and me. We took the longer but faster route to Bataan (a.k.a. the newly constructed SCTEX) and parked in the Total gas station just outside the town of Pilar.

The first few kilometers were on the National Highway before we turned left going up to the trail. It was a nice and steady transition as the cemented road slowly gets narrower and narrower until it becomes a double trail leading up the mountain.

That's MeThe trail was nice and dry. Thank God it didn't rain or it would've been clay. There were ruts in the middle of the trail so one has to learn how to read their way up.

When you get to the top, you'll thank those japanese engineers from Shimano for inventing the 22 x 34 ring-cog combination. If you think about it, the climb wasn't that steep. It was the distance and terrain that differentiates it from your usual weekend ride.

Since we're low on water and the other side wasn't as exciting to ride down, we decided to make it a "killer half-loop" and went down the same way.

Our three hour climb only took twenty minutes to go down, but it was worth it. In this trip, I learned how to use the berms to maintain my speed and avoid the ugly parts.

Interested in doing the ride, too? Check out the map in King's Sports Track Live.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Cycling 2.0: The Philippine Online Cycling Community

I did a short presentation in ROX's Ciclissimo workshop on the Philippine Online Cycling Community. I was surprised by the turnout of the attendees. I wasn't expecting it to be that many.

Below is the Keynote presentation that I'd like to share with you. Let me know what you guys think!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bike accessory leaves a trail of chalk behind you




Now this would be so cool if everyone has 'em for the Tour of the Fireflies!

Contrail is a tool for developing bicycle communities. As you ride, contrail leaves a faint chalk line behind your bike. The goal is to encourage a new cycle of biking participation by allowing the biking community to leave a unique mark on the road and to reclaim this crucial shared space.

The old cycle: More cars on the road --> more percieved danger for bikers --> fewer bikers on road --> even more cars on the road.

The new cycle: A few bicyclists ride with contrail a couple times per week --> faint lines on the road inspire curiosity and remind bikers where it's safe to ride --> new bikers are encouraged to ride and use contrail --> contrail lines get brighter as community grows.

We like how doobybrain.com phrased it:

By using this device, bicyclists will have a clearer path on which to ride safely and out of the way of vehicular traffic. At the same time, as more bicyclists using the Contrail go over a line created by a cyclist before them, the line gets brighter allowing drivers to clearly see a marked bike path where there might be none. It's sort of similar to what happens when a dirt path appears in a grassy field after lots of people have taken the same shortcut over a period of time.


For more info, jump over to studio gelardi now!

Lost Limited-Edition GT Zaskar. $3,000 Reward.



This fantastic limited-edition Zaskar is lost during shipping. In addition to the flashy gold paint job on the frame, the bike also features a custom gold finish on the Shimano XTR drivetrain, Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels, and Ritchey bar and stem. If you have information on the bike, you may have a chance to get the $3,000 reward.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lance lashes out at Paul Kimmage

I was reading from Velo News and Cycling News that Lance Armstrong lashed out at Paul Kimmage for what he wrote, and I thought "Wouldn't it be good if I can be there just to see that happen?"

Well, apparently I have the next best thing - it's on video! Check it out!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Chris King Bottom Brackets

I've been surfing the Chris King website and discovered that they're now making bottom brackets as well aside from their world-famous headsets and hubs. Oh what joy! Coming from these guys, I'm sure this is one product that is precision made and would last a long, long time.

I think I will take a trip to Velo City in Cartimar one of these days to check out if they carry these already. I have a feeling that these cost at least P7,000 but who knows. I'm praying it's a bit lower than that so I can plan on getting it after a pay day.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Biking outside the Bike Lane

I just arrived from a short 30-minute ride around the UP academic oval. I did four laps and then went back home.

They actually have a nice set-up there. The oval is now one-way on a counter-clockwise direction and the inner lane is now a permanent bike lane for everyone to enjoy. Well, at least that was the plan.

So what's the problem? Well, I can sum this up with one word - chaos. Although the inner lane is dedicated now to joggers and bikers, they're so disorganized that they're all over the place. About half of the people are going the other way. There are also vehicles parked on the lane. And so as much as I'd like to stick to the bike lane, there are times when I had to go to the outer lane so that I won't lose any momentum more so kill a runner in the process.

Ideally, the set-up should be like this: from the inner lane, it's joggers, then cyclists and then the vehicles - all going on a nice counter-clockwise direction. There's even a sign on the road. Yet, no one is following it and the enforcers don't even care.

So is this another one of those nice ideas with bad implementation projects? I think we can do better.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Stem and Handlebar upgrade: A Eureka Moment

I believe the upgrade is now complete, and I thank Jonathan Mayo, my officemate, for this. I was supposed to only accompany him to the bike shop during lunch break so he could check out the prices of the Camelbak. Surprise, surprise! As it turned out, it was actually me who bought a lot.

Since the bike fit session by Toots Chua about a year ago, I've been meaIning to replace my stem to something longer. I just either didn't have the time or finances to make it happen. I was using a 90mm Truvativ Team. According to the print-out I should be using a 100 to 110mm stem, instead.

Well, when we got to Extreme Bike Shop along Panay Avenue, I found a 100mm version. What's so cool is it's lighter than the Thomson stem by 30g. That's not bad at all considering the latter costs twice as much.

The spending didn't stop there. Since I'm into upgrading the control department, I decided to retire the FSA flatbar to the oversized Truvativ Team aluminum handlebar. Here's another funny trivia - Truvativ's aluminum team flatbar is lighter than their carbon fiber version by one gram! Ha!

So now I have the whole Truvativ team set - the stem, the flatbar and the seatpost, which I bought a few days after my bike fit.

As for the handling and fit, I couldn't be more thankful for the upgrade. With the longer stem, it now feels less cramped and the positioning is more comfortable. When I took it for a short ride around the village, the front isn't sketchy anymore compared to the shorter one. I am actually more comfortable to do a no-hands trick now with this set-up. The bike is also a few grams lighter. I just have to check the scale to see how much weight did I lose.

This coming Sunday will be the D-Day for the new parts as we would be tackling La Mesa with the ABS-CBN and Skycable mountain bikers. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Head for the Hills! An XC Mountain Bike Race to Save the Forests



HEAD for the HILLS!
“An XC Mountain Bike Race to Save the Forests”

February 21, 2009; Saturday, 6:30am
Timberland Heights, San Mateo Rizal.

The Head for the Hills! Cross Country Race is a 20-kilometer MTB fellowship event to help build and save the San Mateo Forests and Mountain Bike Trails

MTBikers for a Cause
Each registered participant will be given a “Tree Planting Society of the World” Lifetime Membership Card, participants shall have the privilege to have a Tree planted and named after them. The card shall also indicate the specie of tree planted as well as the plot coordinates where your tree was planted. These plots of trees shall be registered with the DENR and “your tree” may be visited regularly in Google Earth.

Registration also includes a Head for the Hills XC race event T-shirt for the first 200 participants, XC race numbers, a free lunch catered by Aling Tina’s Cycling Station, Raffle Prizes, Trophies and Medals for the Winners and the Fun Experience of MTB Racing amongst friends in the knobby community.

The XC Race Route:
The race starts with a 1.5 km. Fellowship 8 kmh. rolling Mass Start “Warm-Up” Ride from Mandala Phase I up to Timberland Club House. Flag Down of actual race starts of dirt road towards Tree Nursery area towards newly developed XC section towards Old Church. Turn Right at Timberland Gate 2 then U-Turn back towards cemented road to negotiate rolling climbs of reverse Roxas Trail and back the main timberland fire road to again go back the fast XC descent towards the Nursery area. Racers will negotiate 2 laps with a total of approximately 20kms including fellowship lap route.

The XC Race Categories:

Beginners/ Sport Category 1- Age group 32 y.o. and Below (2 loops= Approx. 20kms)

Beginners/ Sport Category 2-Age group 33 y.o. and Above (2loops= Approx. 20kms)

Open/ Elite Category- Experienced riders of any age group or class but has not yet competed in the national level
(3 loops= Approx.30kms.)

* Details regarding registration outlets, raffles prizes, trophies and medals shall be updated in a few days.

Registration Fee: P450.00 only

The Head for the Hills Mountain bike fellowship XC event for a cause supports the World-Wide Tree Planting project to save the environment and is sponsored by Timberland Heights and organized by the Metro Re-Cyclists for a Greener Earth.

Lets Head for the Hills and help save our forests and trails while doing what we enjoy… this time, an XC Mountain biking for a cause!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

First Mountain Bike Ride of 2009

My first mountain bike ride of the year was a killer. No, we didn't go to any exotic trail. On the contrary it was just a Maarat ride to the Giant sari-sari store and back. What made it a killer was we parked at Aling Tina's this time and rode the dreaded 2.5-kilometer climb known to many cyclists as the Maarat Wall.

There were six of us in this ride - King, Winston, Hans, Dandan, me and another guy whose name I didn't get. Compared to these seasoned XTerra guys, I was chicken liver. They rode away from me at the foot of the climb and I saw them again at the halfway point when they were going down to take another crack at the climb. Crazy. As for me, I only stopped once just to put my heart rate in check - which isn't that bad at all.

We regrouped near the Timberland gate and rode all the way to Giant via the Roxas route. It was muddy but wasn't as bad as the last time I was here. With the cool and clean mountain air, I'd say it was a great first ride for 2009.

Check out the profile of our ride at my MotionBased account.
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