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Monday, October 22, 2012

Our Maarat Afternoon Ride

Having problems waking up early morning lately. After I skipped last Saturday's morning ride in favor for more sleep time, I figured you don't need to be bangag to enjoy a ride. So here are my pictures from last Sunday's wonderful afternoon ride in Maarat with Agu. We rode the Blue Trail, by the way. :)

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Monday, August 27, 2012

No New Updates

I don't have any new updates yet as I didn't ride these last couple of weeks despite the long weekends. But don't worry as I have a couple of articles that will be published (I hope) in the next issue of Mountain Bike Philippines.

What I've been busy doing lately is doing lots of walks on the treadmill in the gym. It serves two purposes: first is to help burn calories for our office's Biggest Loser contest (it burns about 600 calories per hour vs. 900 for mountain biking), and second is to serve as training for our upcoming Europe trip next week (I think we'll be walking and walking for hours every day). That means that there won't be any updates for the month of September. Sorry guys.

I'll see you all again in October. And hopefully I will be ready to plan for a long bike tour again. Maybe I'll do Marinduque or Bohol this time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Class 2 Rates for Cars with Roof-mounted Bikes is Wrong

UPDATE: This ruling has been revoked already by the management of the NLEX/SCTEX expressways. I also received a tweet that there's a ruling on this by the Toll Regulatory Board, although I've yet to see a copy of that. If you have one, please share.

Cheers!

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I received a call yesterday from a friend asking me if I know about the new memo from the Manila North Tollways Corporation on vehicles with bikes mounted on the roof. I thought this issue was put to rest a few years ago with the help of C! Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, James Deakin. Apparently, it's back.

For those of you who are still in the dark, here's the announcement that was posted in the Travel on GREAT ROADS! (NLEX and SCTEX) Facebook page:


While I completely agree that toll fees should be based on their impact to the road, basing it plainly on vehicle height is just stupid. If it's true that vehicles with mounted bikes have higher impact to the road, then shouldn't the charging be the same for those with bikes mounted at the back and even those with bikes inside their cars?

Northerners, we want to visit your place, experience the rides there, get in touch with the locals, and maybe go back again. In our little ways, we can help in building an eco-friendly tourism industry in your area and bring in some much-needed income, but advisories such as the one posted above will significantly hinder this. We need your help to make this right.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Bleeding my Virgin Hydraulic Disc Brake

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After years of use, it was finally time for me to bring my hydraulic brakes to shop and have it bled. Usually it's Hermie of Velo City who would perform the operation, but he didn't reply to my text this morning. A quick exchange of text messages with All Terra's Edmund Mangaser brought me to their shop in Club 650, Libis.

I knew that my brake needs bleeding when it still felt spongy even after replacing the pads. When I pulled the lever, it was a few millimeters shy of reaching the handlebar before it engaged. That's not a good sign for any type of biker. Thankfully I wasn't on the trail when I discovered this.

According to Dandan, All Terra's mechanic (and mountain bike cross country racer), he needed to add some mineral oil to my brake. I may have "cooked" some after years of use.

A quick web search on the subject revealed this site that had a nice section on brake bleeding. Read it if you have time to know more.

For those who are interested in doing the procedure on their own, I found this very informative video on YouTube:


Now that my brakes are back in shape, I believe a (muddy) mountain bike ride in the IMBA-certified trails of Timberland are in order.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

My Solution to Anatomic's Laziness

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I love Anatomic's mountain bike shorts. Introduced in 2000, I've worn them for almost every ride ever since. I actually had two of these, but I lost one in one of our trips to Puerto Galera.

After its introduction to the market, there was no follow through from Anatomic for almost a decade. Every now and then, you will hear rumors about the new mountain bike shorts, but that's it. None made it to the bike shop shelves.

Enter 2010. Anatomic finally introduced their mountain bike shorts. Compared to its predecessor, it was lighter and less baggy. The next generation shorts also didn't have an integrated liner. Instead, it gave the user the option to choose what to wear underneath.

That's not bad, I thought. The rider can always pair it up with the Anatomic cycling underwear, which is like a regular cycling short complete with chamois but using a more ventilated type of fabric. Remember the butas-butas na sando that you wear under your polo in grade school? It's similar to that.

What surprised me was the use of velcro straps over other more logical solutions (i.e., buttons, hook and strap, strings) to attach the waist. In my opinion, that was just plain lazy. I knew right there that I would have a problem when the velcro loses its bite.

Fast forward to today. My prediction came true. After three years of use, the velcro can no longer attach itself securely. At first I thought it must be the fat, but I'm not the only one who experienced this predicament. A lot of my biker friends have the same complaint.

Tired of praying for the velcro not to lose its final grip during a ride, I brought my three pairs of shorts to the alteration shop at the nearby mall and had it fixed once and for all.

Check it out:
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I had four buttons installed to securely fasten it. Admittedly, it's a bit overkill (and hard to operate), but it's more secure than two lousy pairs of velcro.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

My Tips for Overweight Mountain Bikers and Then Some

Mountain Bike Philippines' new editor-in-chief, Agu Paiso, messaged me a few days ago, asking for tips for overweight bikers.

It just dawned on me - a realization that shit, I am overweight! I am no longer the mountain biker with big bones, as I'd like to call it. This is not baby fat anymore. I believe I may be obese, even!

It's a wake up call that's both sad and good. It's sad because I realized how I abused myself and let my cravings and appetite get the best of me, but at the same time it's good because the first step to change is being aware and acknowledging this.

As I type this entry in a restaurant, waiting for my appointment with the cardiologist, I've decided to try to document my little steps towards a healthier lifestyle. I know that I may fail sometimes, and that's why I'm asking for your support too. It's hard when you're going to do this alone.

In the meantime, as promised, here are my tips for us "more huggable" bikers:

1. Drink lots of liquids. Based from my experience, I overheat faster than my thinner counterparts and so I drink a lot more. I usually bring a full 100 oz. of water in my hydration pack and sometimes an extra bottle of water to be sure. You can never can tell, right? Hahahaha!

2. Be patient. Don't try to ride at the same pace with the others if you can't do it yet. Ride at your own pace rather than risk blowing up and ending your adventure in the process. As I always say "Maghihintay naman 'yang mga 'yan eh." And they will if you have a couple of packs of Double Stuff Oreos with you.

3. It's perfectly OK to rest. During our Mindoro trip, we stopped every 10 kilometers or so and ate as often as we wanted. Learn to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.

4. Don't be afraid of your doctor. Go ahead and have yourself checked before you embark on any adventure. Be makulit and ask the hard questions.

5. Ride gracefully. Even though we're heavyweights, if we can fly like a butterfly on the trails, we won't put any unnecessary wear on our equipment. I know a regular mountain biker who trashes almost one rear derailleur every year. This never happened to me.

6. Don't be sensitive. When you're biking, especially in the rural areas, you will hear kids (and even adults) shouting "Ay! Taba! Taba! Taba!" Don't let that put you down. Instead, just smile at them and pedal on. Ask youself this - ano bang masama kung mataba?

7. Try to lose weight. Admittedly it's very hard, but it's (usually) cheaper than buying lightweight components. You'll be amazed how fabulous you'll ride if you lose just a few pounds. If you need a support group, get in touch with me. I need one, too! :)

8. Wear a heart rate monitor and use it when you ride. Know your maximum heart rate (ask your doctor) and don't go beyond that.

9. Because you're usually the one at the back of the group, make sure you have everything you need in case of emergencies. I also have a whistle attached to my hydration pack to call the attention of the people in front in case I need their help.

10. A lot of lightweight components have weight limits. Know them first before buying.

11. It's hard to get bike clothes for fat people, especially in the Philippines. What I did was I designed my own bike jersey and had it custom printed. The minimum order is 12 (this may differ between suppliers), so I ordered four for myself and asked friends if they're interested, too. For the baggy shorts, Columbia sells american sizes for their cargo shorts. Just pair that with an Anatomic cycling shorts and you're good to go.

I promised Agu that I'll publish this entry only after his new issue is out, so if you're reading this, go out and purchase the latest issue of Mountain Bike Philippines.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dreaming of Rolling's Rush

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the world premiere of the bike movie, "Rolling". Coming from Quezon City on a Wednesday night, the idea of driving to Makati wasn't such a hot idea for me then. But because I had nothing else to do, I decided to give it a go.

I got to the BSide a few minutes before the start of the movie. Unlike any other premiere that I attended before, this one has a very different feel. There were bikers with their bikes, and the place was packed with them. It seemed more like a party with a and-by-the-way film showing rather than the other way round. You can definitely get a sense of camaraderie and community in the bunch.

Directed by Edrie Ocampo and sponsored by Grantrail Cycles, Kali, Niner, HitchPro and Kuat, this bike film is a little more than 30 minutes long. But in that short span of time, you'll be treated to a lot of breathtaking images and shots that you'd want to just ride right after. It makes me want to revisit my dream.

Asked if they're going to show the film somewhere else after the premiere, they answered that they might if a lot of people ask for it. I guess a lot of people did because it's available online for everyone's appreciation.

Enjoy!

ROLLING from Edrie Ocampo on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Man Who Cycled the World

Ever since our great four-day adventure, I've been addicted to a lot of bike touring content - from e-books to videos to soundtracks.

These eight videos embedded below are discovered by my friend, Domeng Magpantay. It's the story of Mark Beaumont's 194-day record-breaking ride around the world. Before Domeng shared these, I was actually reading Mark's book chapter by chapter. Now, I don't need to imagine what the places he's been to looked like.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

Part 1:


Sunday, May 13, 2012

A cyclist's gift to his mom

No, mom doesn't bike
In celebration of mother's day, I was thinking of what possible gifts a cyclist can give to his or her mom. It would be cool if the mom bikes too, but for mortals like me with "normal mothers" (if there is such a person), here are some items that I think moms will appreciate. Of course, please feel free to add to the list:

1. Always be careful and wear a helmet every time you ride
2. Put on some sunblock so that her son or daughter won't be too maitim
3. Text her every hour to tell her where you are when you're in a ride
4. Put on Off lotion or some mosquito repellent so that you won't get dengue
5. Getting home without any scrapes or bruises
6. Taking a shower when you get home and not soil the sheets
7. Avoid getting your clothes too muddy so that it won't be a pain to wash

Happy mother's day to all the moms!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Globe Cordillera Challenge 3 Cycling Jersey

I was finally able to get my Globe Cordillera Challenge 3 cycling jersey yesterday. When they told us that the biggest size was 2XL, I was disappointed. When I registered, I explicitly stated that my jersey size is 4XL. So when I got it, I wasn't that excited. In fact, I was actually preparing myself for another humiliating suman fitting session when I get home.

Lo and behold, when I pulled out the jersey from the brown paper bag and tried it on, it was an amazing fit. I was very much surprised! Good job, Globe and mr. jersey supplier (whoever you are)!

Check out the jersey's design for this year. This is the jersey's front:

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And this is the jersey's back:

Globe Cordillera Challenge 3 Jersey

What do you guys think?

On another note, you don't need to wait for the another Globe Cordillera Challenge to help with Cordillera reforestation efforts. You can send your donations to the following:

Tignayan Para Iti Konserbasyon Ti Kordilyera
Banco de Oro account number 518-003-1673

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tips on Riding in This Extreme Heat

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With temperatures reaching record levels, riding in this extreme heat is a serious thing. Old school riders will shrug it off and say that it's part of cycling, but you can dehydrate yourself and suffer from heatstroke if you're not careful. That's not fun at all.

I'm not saying that you should stay indoors and wait for the wet season. Just use your coconut shell (a.k.a. common sense) and ride intelligently.

Here are some of my tips to enjoy biking without the risk of injuring yourself:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Having the Bike's Engine Checked

I've had blood work, ultrasound and 2D echo done, and aside from a fatty liver, everything turned out to be normal. There's one test that I need to undergo. Since the doctor couldn't figure what caused the irregular heartbeats (Don't know what happened? Watch the video), she wanted me to undergo a stress test. She also recommended that I go to the St. Luke's Weight Management Center and get some help in losing weight.

Until I have all my medical tests done, I won't be doing any long rides for now. Better make sure everything is in good condition before I torture myself again.

There's actually a blog entry before this, but I promised my friend that I won't be publishing that until his project is out. Just wait for it.

Monday, April 09, 2012

The Taal Lake Visita Iglesia



In celebration of Easter, I'm very proud to present to you the video of our Visita Iglesia around Taal Lake. I tried to keep it as short as I can so it won't be dragging too much. It's a little more than six minutes long and I hope you like it.

Aside from this, I'd also like to share some choice photos that Domeng took during the ride:

1 - Batangas
This was taken on our way from Batangas City to Cuenca. You may not see it, but it's quite a climb, with an elevation gain starting at 54 meters and ending at 293 meters in just 15 kilometers.

5 - Agoncillo
You've seen this already in the teaser entry. This is the bridge over the Pansipit river connecting the municipalities of San Nicolas and Agoncillo.

5 - Agoncillo
This was taken somewhere in Agoncillo. The road here is a mix of volcanic sand with patches of cement. This is bad news if you're riding on slick tires like me.

5 - Agoncillo
Despite being from Batangas, this is probably my closest encounter with the Taal volcano.

View more Taal Lake Visita Iglesia pictures here.

For those who'd like to get the GPS coordinates, check out the map below. If you're wondering why it only goes halfway, watch the video and find out:

Saturday, April 07, 2012

A Visita Iglesia Preview

Crossing over from San Nicolas to Agoncillo

I just love this picture so much that I just have to share it. This was taken on the bridge connecting the municipalities of San Nicolas and Agoncillo in the province of Batangas during our Good Friday Visita Iglesia around the lake.

I'll be writing more about that in the next entry. Until then, enjoy!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

My Prayer for EQ

Dearest Lord,

Forgive me for I think I am about to sin. I learned from experience that one is not supposed to use any new stuff for long rides (I can still remember the pain my butt felt after that first day on the new Specialized saddle when we did our Mindoro trip), but I went to the bike shop after work today and bought new bike shoes. My Louis Garneaus are about to retire, you see. Now I'm so tempted to use the new shoes for our Good Friday Taal Lake loop. I even installed a fresh pair of Crank Brothers cleats.

Give me strength and enough EQ to hold the fort together.

This I humbly ask.

Amen.

Carnac Atlas

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Monday, April 02, 2012

This Year's Good Friday Ride: The Taal Lake Loop


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Since way back in 1997, we've always been doing the Visita Iglesia by bicycle around the various churches of Batangas. Except for some minor revisions over the years, the route has always been the same -- you start from Batangas City and you bike to San Jose, Ibaan, Rosario, Padre Garcia, Lipa, San Vicente de Ferrer, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Sta. Teresita, Bauan, and San Pascual before heading back to Batangas City.

This year, it's going to be a bit different for the Laguna de Bikers Team (our dear friend, Jack Narciso, is joining us this year) - we're going to do the Taal Lake loop for the first time. I don't know the exact locations as I'm unfamiliar with the territory, but it's going to be a clockwise loop that will start and end in Batangas City. We're planning to leave early morning and hope to be back before nightfall.

In this ride, we will reflect on Christ's passion and death by saying the Stations of the Cross, as well as celebrate his resurrection as we reach Batangas City through His grace.

With this, I encourage you to please pray for our safe trip.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

My Dream for Sale

UPDATE (15 April 2013): I'm no longer selling this. Since none of the negotiations pulled through, I took it as a sign that this bike is really for me. I just assembled it last Saturday with a Shimano XT gruppo, a Fox TALAS fork, and Easton Haven components.

For Sale: White Intense Tracer VP frame
Last December, I bought a second-hand mountain bike frame from my bike buddy, Mawie. It was a white, medium-sized Intense Tracer VP - one of my dream bike frames from way before (even at the time when they were still using Specialized's patented Horst link suspension).

I didn't plan it. Mawie just texted and asked if I know anyone who's interested with the frame because he's upgrading to the Tracer 2. I replied back and told him that that has been my dream frame ever since, but I know I couldn't afford it. He replied to me and asked me the payment terms I'm comfortable with. The rest is history.

Mawie's really good with his bikes. Judging from the condition I got the frame, it looked very much as if he only used it a few times before he got bitten by the upgrade bug again (which might actually be what happened). It was bathroom-taped all over, and there were no dents or anything of that sort. If I didn't see him use it in our La Mesa ride with the Batangas boys, I would easily mistake this as brand new.

My plan is actually pretty straightforward: slowly build it up into a very nice trail bike. I'm thinking of getting most of my wife's bike parts and put them to this beast (she's rarely uses the bike anyway).

I've finished paying the frame, so the next step was to buy the suspension fork. Being an Intense frame, I believe it's blasphemy to install any fork other than a Fox. Now any biker who has been to an above average bike shop in the Philippines must know how expensive these forks are. For the amount of travel required for this bike frame, the estimated damage would be in the neighborhood of P40,000. Ouch.

It doesn't stop there. The Intense Tracer VP has a headtube size bigger than most mountain bikes - 1.5 inches to be exact. For maximum fork options, I need a Chris King Devolution headset so that I can use the standard 1 1/8". That's about P8,000.

As they say in Battlestar Galactica, "So save we all." (or something like that.)

But as with anything in life, there are trials to see what you're made of. Personally, I don't think they're bad. In a way, it actually make it clearer on what you value the most.

Sadly, the dream of the Intense Tracer is the casualty for this test. It has to end for now to give way to more important matters.

Maybe you'd be interested in continuing this dream.

I'm selling the frame without any profit at all. Aside from the Fox Float RP23 shock installed, it also comes with a nice red Salsa seat collar and a Shimano XTR front derailleur. That's everything for P65,000.

Leave a message if you want to find out more.



Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In search for the perfect saddle

I made a bad decision to upgrade from the WTB Nano to the white Specialized saddle a couple of weeks before the Mindoro trip. I thought, "what can go wrong? It's a Specialized saddle, right? It's gonna fit me like a glove." We all know how that ended up - me on the brink of giving up after the first day because my butt hurts like hell. Lo and behold, after more than a year of riding that saddle, it's still not as comfortable as what I'm expecting Specialized to deliver. And with summer already here, it's time to give one of the few contact areas some lovin'.

I went online and searched for what possibly can be a good saddle for me. The first candidate is the new saddle from Ergon. A brand known for championing proper bike equipment ergonomics, their new saddle could possibly end the discomfort that I feel when riding the Specialized. Unfortunately, it's not yet available in the Philippines, according to Edmund of All Terra. And so we move on to the next one.

Candidate number two is a saddle that I saw from one of the bikers in La Mesa. It has a weird shape - it looks as if it has two noses instead of one! A few quick searches on the net revealed that it's the ISM Adamo saddle. It looks comfortable and that impression is supported further by the reviews of people who have made the switch. I've yet to make trips around the bike shops in Manila to see if there's anyone selling this already. Otherwise, I may have to buy at Amazon and have it sent to a friend in the U.S. I'm making this my back-up plan.

When I opened my Facebook account, I discovered that Edmund left me another message. He suggested that I try the saddle that he's using now - the Allay. It's made by Topeak, he said. Being a Topeak user and someone relatively familiar with their website, I don't recall seeing a saddle in their line-up. A quick type on the browser confirms this - under products, there is nothing between Repair Stands and Storage & Display. I needed to do a quick search to reveal Topeak's secret.


If you're not familiar with the Allay comfort strategy, think about a quick-rebound high-density foam on a carbon shell with a Reebok Pump at the nose to adjust the firmness. If it's too hard, there's a valve that you push to release air. In a way, it's a saddle for gadget geeks.

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Curious as to how this performs, I bought one from the All Terra bike shop at Julia Vargas and installed it right away when I got home. The Allay sits a bit higher than my old Specialized saddle so I had to lower my seatpost. Unlike conventional saddles that should be parallel to the ground, Allay recommends that you point the nose two or three degrees upward. I learned that this helps you from sliding forward.



Despite doing several installation adjustments and tweaking compared to the other saddles that I had, riding the Allay seems to be comfortable for me. I only did a few leisurely laps around the Ateneo campus. But in those few laps, I can somehow hear my butt thanking me. With a price tag of P6,000 for a saddle, it should, right?

As with all saddles, only a lot of riding time will tell if this is the right one for me. I hope this is it so we can finally live happily forever after.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The next Bisikleta.ph jerseys

Ebony and Ivory


I love the first edition of the Bisikleta.ph jersey. I've worn it in some of my rides, including the Mandaluyong to Batangas City ride and the Laguna de Bike.

It's summer once again and I'm itching to do more touring this year, which is actually a good excuse to have new jerseys made for Bisikleta.ph.

The first jersey was made by my friend, Noel Marasigan. The jersey designs that you see on top are the new ones for this year and are designed by me.

I wanted the Bisikleta.ph jersey to be simple and not too loud. I want it to be something that you can wear to a store and not look like you're a walking tarpaulin. I don't want it to attract any unnecessary attention when I do my touring and make me look intimidating to the locals. There are also reasons why I have two versions: the black one is for really crummy and muddy rides (laundry-friendly), and the white one is to aid visibility during late afternoon and night rides. Also, to be honest, they go well with my helmet and shades. :)

Let me know what you guys think.

p.s., I'm also looking for sponsors who share the same vision. :)

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mountain Biking (or was it hiking?) in Batangas City

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Yesterday's ride in Batangas City is something that I've been planning to do for the longest time. It always gets canceled either because I had other things to do during the weekend or I just couldn't get up at 4:30 in the morning to drive to my hometown (which is often the case).

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I was thinking we would be doing a long ride -- something like a ride to Ibaan via Taysan, but that didn't happen. Instead, our trail master took us trail riding from somewhere in Gulod and ended in Dumuclay. It was an OK ride and the views were fantastic. I just didn't the enjoy the hike-a-bikes that we did when we crossed a number of streams.

After the ride, we had some pancit guisado from Jocas Lomi Haus in Libjo before heading back to the city.

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I believe the highlight of the day was what we did after I washed the bike in Eric's place. Because I didn't have an open area in the condo to do my usual bike maintenance, I pulled out my bike stand and toolbox from the trunk of the car. As if attracted by a magnet, Onad and Eric approached me to help out as I was setting up at one corner of the carwash. They basically took over from there - first, checking out what's wrong with my shifting, then moving to degreasing and re-lubing my chain, and ended up with an overhauled front derailleur and a fresh new shifter cable. These guys can basically open their own bike repair shop if they wanted to. While they were doing their thing, they were alway giving me tips - things like using a liquid lubricant instead of using grease when lubricating the shifter cables, and putting some drops of chain lube to the cable housing ends. Nice! Now I have a crisp-shifting bike that's ready to take over the world again.

For those interested in riding our mountain "hike" trail, here's the GPS map:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The "Welcome Back, Gary" Ride

Gary and Wins at the parking area
We had two reasons why we rode in La Mesa Nature Reserve yesterday: First was because our dear friend, Gary Diñoso, is back in town for two weeks, and second was to try out this new trail from the Tower 1 area. Aside from King, Gary, Winston, Ferdie and I, we were joined by Polly, GJ and some of their friends.

That's me at the registration table.
I was running late so I didn't have the luxury of having a good breakfast. I had no other choice but to eat a trail mix bar. Better something than nothing, right?

Usually, groups would start from the singletrack near the parking area and end up by the lake. Ours is different. Because it was farther, we skipped the initial singletrack beside Tower 11 and went straight to the fire road. Our first taste of singletrack was after the first climb to the where the fire roads split into two, and it brought us to Tower 5.

I was strong at first.
You wouldn't know that it was going uphill with all the fun that you're having, playing slalom with the trees. You'll only realize this when you're about halfway in the trail and you start to notice your heart rate increasing from the short climbs. I was at the front during the first part of the trail, but had to slow down to make sure I don't bonk out.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Second Ride of 2012 - A Long Way To Go

Yesterday's ride in Maarat was another ride to regain form and fitness. Although I was riding better than the weekend before, it is still a far cry from where I need to be if I want to do more epic rides this year.

I am having some problems sleeping early. This started a few weeks ago. The eve of yesterday's ride, I was able to sleep at around two in the morning before being awoken by a call from a tipsy wife, asking if I could pick her up at the Fort. I'm not making excuses for my performance, but I think this is a possible reason.

For our leisurely ride on the main roads of Maarat, I was joined by King Bernas, Winston Chua, Deon James, and my ex-Urban Jungle teammate Gabby Severino. Although I was laboring up the climbs, it was generally a nice ride going to the Giant Store via Roxas Boulevard. Actually, we backtracked a bit and went to the Pestaño farm to get something to eat. I ordered Gatorade to go along my Sausage McMuffin with Egg, while the boys enjoyed their brewed coffee while munching on some trail bars.

Since Winston and Gab needed to go home early , we headed back to the parking area at the Timberland clubhouse.

Here's a map of our route:

Monday, January 09, 2012

Sole searching. More fun in the Philippines.

Sole searching. More fun in the Philippines

This was taken from our ride last Saturday afternoon at the blue trail in Timberland Heights. We stopped to rest and appreciate the view when King found the sole of a shoe at the side of the trail. When I was editing the pictures, I figured this would be a nice addition to the #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines meme. And so here you go!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

My First Ride of 2012


My first ride of ride of 2012 almost didn't push through. We were supposed to ride Saturday morning, but I wasn't feeling up to it when I woke up at quarter to six. It was bed versus bike, and sadly the bed won. I texted everyone and said that I'm still too sleepy to pedal, and went back to sleep.

I woke up at 10 a.m. I received a text messaged, it seemed. I wasn't entirely sure. Maybe it was still part of a dream, I thought.

The text was from King. Apparently, they didn't push through with the morning's ride and he's asking if I'm interested in joining them in the afternoon instead. Perfect! I get to sleep in and ride, too. "Sure," I replied.

I picked up King at around 12:45 in the afternoon and drove to the Timberland clubhouse to meet up with Winston.


King had a hidden agenda. He's organizing an event in February so we're here to scout for the right trail for the race course.




The weather was wonderful. It was overcast and it rained for some time while we were in the blue trail, but when that was over, it was just perfect. Sadly I couldn't say the same for the trail. The main road was just OK, but the single track was slippery. It didn't help that there were several motocross riders in the trail, making the ruts even deeper.


After doing some plotting, we biked to the Giant Store for some refreshments before heading back home.

Check out our route:


Want to see the other pictures? You can view them here.
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