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Posted: August 23, 2011 in Events, Links, Rides

 

October 2, 2011

Bonifacio Global City

 

A few weeks before June 5, 2011, I got invited to join a charity ride by GT-MTB (http://www.grupotoyota.com.ph). The charity ride was made possible through the initiative of a good friend Boc Villamor. Since its the “Back-to-School” time for students, the riders of GT-MTB brought bags containing school supplies to be distributed in Sitio Aris, San Mateo Rizal.

Meet up was at the Timberland trailhead. Unlike most of the riders who joined the activity, I didn’t drive to the designated parking for mountain bike riders at Timberland. It is my usual practice to ride my bike from our house up to the trails whenever there’s a ride. Usual “padyak-all-the-way” buddies were unavailable at the said date. This meant only one thing……I’ll be riding alone up to the trailhead. So I did.

Rode off past 7am. There was an annoying clicking sound when I rolled off . At first, I thought it was a loose spoke. I stopped. Checked the rear wheel, everything was fine. Started pedaling again. The clicking sound was still present. I stopped again. Checked the rear wheel. Lifted the bike. Made the wheel spin. No sound heard. Everything’s a-ok.

Now where in the world is the clicking sound coming from? I rode off again. Again, there was that noise. I almost arrived at the decision to turn back and not to join the ride due to technical problems with the bike. I checked the front wheel and found the culprit. The cyclocomputer magnet was rubbing against its sensor. Must’ve accidentally moved the sensor a little closer to the wheel magnet when I cleaned the bike the night before the ride. Finally, everything’s working out just fine. Now off to Timberland.

It was the usual weekend scene at Aling Tina’s (this is a landmark for all cyclists who frequent the Timberland & Shotgun trails in San Mateo). The lonely ride up “The Wall” began. I stopped at the Timberland gate to catch a breather. After a 5-minute pitstop, I resumed pedaling to the trailhead. Upon reaching the trailhead, I saw Boc, Dindo, and Rb preparing to ride. Others went ahead and we’ll have to catch up. I got my share of the load and rolled off to Sitio Aris with the rest of the group.

The group was in high spirits and was determined to achieve the day’s goal….bring the school supplies to the kids at Sitio Aris. We’ve made several stops along the way. A lot of stories were exchanged along the way. The group had to make several stops for photo-ops and plus the fact that there were newbies with us. You gotta admire the strong will of the newbies. It  was their first time to ride the trails but like us, they were also pushing themselves to the limit.

At last!!! We’ve finally arrived at our destination. We parked our bikes. At this point, the heat was getting to me. Felt so thirsty and was kinda tired. My hydration pack was almost dry. I got a Powerade from Aling Lilia’s store. Drank my Powerade and ate my granola bar. Wooohoo! Refueled!

After catching a quick breather, the group already started to ask the kids to line up. Kids patiently lined up and waited for their goodie bags. The distribution went pretty well. All you can see was these kids flashing their smiles after saying “Thank you.”  What struck me the most was when I bumped in to a parent. He goes “Alam niyo, malaking bagay yang ginagawa niyo. Napakamahal ng school supplies ngayon. Salamat.”

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. The ride was worth it.

After the distribution, we headed back to Pestano Breakfast Club where we had our brunch. Everyone was hungry and pedaled hurriedly to the stop. As usual, we all enjoyed the food there.

When we were done eating, we rested for awhile and went back to where we started……… Timberland Clubhouse.  Upon reaching the clubhouse, I went ahead of the pack.

Tiring but fulfilling ride. Again, thank you Boc for initiating the ride and sponsoring the goodies. Thank you GT MTB for the effort. Thank you for making me a part of memorable rides such as this.

Most people would associate rain with sadness. This morning, it was an awesome ride in the rain.

6:18am….my ride buddy Zaldy ( https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1239227771) and I took off en route to our usual mountain bike playground Monterey Hills. Skies were gray and it seems that there was a very little chance that the sun would show up. It took us 34 minutes to reach the top. We were 4 minutes OFF our usual pace. It’s probably because we were talking too much while pedaling to the top. Zaldy was also too busy during this month and we didn’t get to ride together. So I guess this was time to catch up on stories. ha! ha! ha!

Midway to the top, the sun did shine but very briefly. When we reached the top, the skies were darker. From where we parked, we could see the skyline disappear little by little. It started to rain. By this time, we decided to head down to lower grounds and go home. We were riding in the rain!

Raindrops were smashing on our faces at 41kph. By the time we got home, we were soaking wet. Zaldy headed off to his house (which was around 2kms. away from my place). I dunno what’s with riding in the rain but its one of the best feeling when riding a bike. (for me, that is)

Soaking wet as I am, I cleaned my bike, dried it up, and parked it. Took a quick shower.

Now time to cook breakfast. Everyone at home was still sleeping. (Probably awake but too lazy to get up because its a weekend plus the fact that it’s bed weather). Brewed some coffee, cooked fried rice, longganisa, and macaroni soup. Ahhhh yes! nothing like a good breakfast to cap off the early morning ride in the rain.

It’s been several weeks after the 13th Tour of the Fireflies. The Holy Week has caught up with me and tremendous amount of work after the blessed holidays came up. It is only now that I had accessed my blog and write about the said tour.

The day before the tour, there was a special last day registration at Tiendesitas, Pasig manned by TOF’s organizers. A lot were dismayed including myself for the mere fact that L, XL, XXL sizes of the official jersey has ran out. All left was sizes S, XS. The organizers didn’t anticipate that there were a lot of riders using size L and up jerseys. The number of jerseys that they had printed came up short. So sooooo short. C’mon! The organizers of the event should’ve anticipated the jersey sizes most cyclists in the Metro use. Oh well. At this point, I couldn’t do anything but join the tour without the official jersey. What the heck! It’s just a jersey anyways.

After dinner that night, I did a routine check (which I always do during the night before my ride the next day) of the bike. Everything was a-okay. The bike was ready for the big event. Cycling accessories and apparel was also in place. Let’s get it on.

April 17, 2011. Ahhhh yes!!!! The buzzin’ sound of the cellphone alarms sounded sooooo sweet. It was time for me to get up and prepare for the ride. And so I got up, prepped up and ate a “suman” from Antipolo and topped it with Nutella! Ummmm! ummm! that gave me an early morning sugar rush to start up my senses. (Not to mention a good ‘ol brewed coffee to go along with it.) Everything’s all set and it was time for me to meet up with my ride buddies.

I pedaled my way to Blue Wave, Marikina where two of my buddies were waiting for me. They haven’t stayed there for quite sometime when I arrived. They just came in a few minutes before I came. Blue Wave is just around 3kms. away from my place.

From Blue Wave, we headed on to Tiendesitas. On our way, we were able to see Marikina City government’s contingent to the tour. They didn’t have mountain bikes nor had flashy bikes. Bikes were pretty much basic just like the ones you see during the Japanese World War era.

The three of us passed by SM City Markina flyover on the way to Libis. At the corner of Ortigas Ave., and E. Rodriguez, Libis, QC., there were already members of the Pasig City traffic management office letting bikers through the intersection. The excitement started to build up as I saw cyclists basically from all walks of life converge into Tiendesitas. We positioned ourselves and waited not so very long before the event officially started. While waiting for the event, my buddy Ryan and I put on our arm sleeves to protect us from the sun. Indeed, the sun was starting to shine and make its presence felt.

7.30am. The tour began. It has officially started. The atmosphere was ecstatic! It was very very festive. It was the first time I saw around ten thousand cyclists pedaling in support of the once-a-year event. Ortigas Ave., going to Greenhills was literally filled with cyclists. Men, women, and children pedaling one way or the other. Trying to savor the moment when only bikes are allowed on this part of Ortigas Ave.

Passed by Greenhills shopping center. Still, this side of the Ortigas Ave. was closed to cyclists. Traffic was halted to give way. Whoa! What a feeling!!!! Pedaling continued until we reached New Manila, Quezon City and then headed off to E. Rodriguez Ave., QC.

Welcome Rotonda-Espana Blvd.,-Quiapo-Roxas Blvd.-Cultural Center of The Philippines compound. It was a good 21kms from Tiendesitas. One group that caught my attention was the Power Rangers. A group of five cyclists dressed up as the crime fighting quintet, Power Rangers. Boy oh boy! the costumes were great! Even the helmets were replicated. It was fantastic and….it was hot!!!! Luckily, none of them collapsed because of the heat. Those constumes weren’t really cool nor it had a cooling system.

It was a different feeling all together. Riding Espana boulevard, passing by the Quiapo church vicinity, crossing Ayala Bridge, passing through Lagusnilad, Manila City Hall, Luneta, Roxas boulevard, and finally CCP. It was heaven on earth for the 15,000 cyclists who joined the event. The CCP was a bike mecca even for a short while. Riding those busy areas on our bikes with no motorists beside us was just awesome. It was a time of the year when the bicycle was the king of the road. Looking forward for next year’s Tour of the Fireflies. Here are a few photos I took during the ride…..

Have alarm clocks failed you on your scheduled activity for the day? Well, mine did. Before I slept the night before, I made sure that I set my alarm clock so that I’d wake up by 6am for my 7am ride. Alarm clock……..FAIL!!!!

My mobile phone rang at 7.30am. My ride buddy Ryan A. called me. Got awaken by the call. Damn it! I’m freakin’ late! Told the guys to start pedaling and I’ll just follow. They insisted that they’ll wait for me at our usual spot in front of our former school Marist School in Marikina Heights.

Jumped out of my bed, started preparing (morning rituals, dress up in my cycling gear). Right before I left, I had to fill my 1.5L hydration pack with water. Whoa! Mom was preparing the usual awesome power breakfast for the weekend. Fried rice, fried eggs, tapa and longganisa (from Taal, Batangas), and brewed coffee. Awesome as it may seem, I had to skip it because I was running late. Told mom I’ll have it when I come back.

Met the guys at 8:11am at the usual spot and started pedaling to our usual playground….Monterey Hills Subdivision. ‘Twas late for a morning ride (well, in our standards), but what the heck! We pedaled anyways.

Parc ferme