Amado Calibara: Bike Idol

Amado Calibara
Ka Amado cleaning the soles of his bike shoes after pushing his bike up a climb

His name is Amado Calibara and he's one of my idols. Already more than 70 years old, this guy's still riding strong.

When I was working in Batangas, I used to ride with him every afternoon, going up Haligue or Malalim. He would tell me that he used to ride the Tour of Luzon in his heyday. I think that was back in the '60s or '70s. Now he's spending his time at home, doing chores every now and then.

I wish that when I'm his age, I'd still be pedalling.