Category Archives: biking

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend MTB Race (5th : 2017 : Alabang, Muntinlupa City)

The exciting two-day mountain bike (MTB) Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is back for its fifth year!

Happening on September 30 to October 1 at the Filinvest City trails in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, both elite and amateur MTB riders can once again expect a challenging race experience either in solo or team category.  First staged in 2013, the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is a test of MTB handling skills and stamina while racing in the 6-hour or 12-hour or 24-hour leg.  Exclusive medal for all finishers and generous cash prizes await winners in different racing category.

Registration is now OPEN so hurry and get your slots NOW!

For more information on the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend and the accompanying registration fees and procedures involved, please click 2017 Endurance Weekend Race Details or visit Filinvest City Facebook page.

Filinvest City Endurance Weekend: Mountain Bike Race, 8-9 Oct. 2016

Endurance Weekend 2016 is an annual mountain bike or MTB race with 24-hour, 12-hour, and 6-hour race categories happening on 8-9 Oct. 2016, Saturday and Sunday at the Pacific Rim, Filinvest City in Alabang. 

Race Categories, Registration Fees, and Team Composition

Male and Female Elite (Solo) – 24-hour (P 2,500) | 12-hour  (P 2,000) | 6-hour (P 1,500)

All Male Team: 24-hour (P 6,500) | 12-hour (P 3,500)
Mixed Team: 24-hour (P 6,500) | 12-hour (P 3,500)

24-hour –All Male and Mixed (Teams of 3)
12-hour –All Male and Mixed (Teams of 2)

Age Group (Male Solo Category ONLY)

12-hour category – 29 and below | 30-49 | 50 and above
 6-hour category – 29 and below | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50 and above

  • Gun Start Times

24 hours: October 8, Saturday – 12 Noon
12 hours: October 8, Saturday – 5 PM
  6 hours: October 9, Sunday – 6 AM

  • Course Description, Transition Zone, and Control Point

It is a 6.2-kilometer loop course consisting of single track and asphalt roads marked by the use of directional signs such as arrows, buntings, and traffic cones.  There are sections throughout the course where there are no markings and no decision points either–so just keep riding. At the end of each lap, the course passes through Transition Zone (TZ). 

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Race route

TZ is the only area where you can exit the race course. This is also where teams swap riders and hand over the band. Spectators are not permitted at the TZ.  To make the race easier for everyone, here are some simple rules to remember: a) Walk, walk, walk … there is no riding at the TZ; b) Call out your number to the timing crew to record your lap; c) Help your teammate with the transition; and, d) after you have completed the transition, VERY promptly clear the area and move outside the TZ to catch your breath, have a chat or warm down.

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Participants or teams are allowed to setup their own tents at the expo area. Parking is at the Laguna Heights Drive near Palms Pointe.

There will be at least one control point on the course, which will be manned for 24 hours, with radio contact with the Race Head Quarters, and where race numbers will be checked.   Each rider is given an individual race number and said number must be attached to the seatpost of the bike. In order for your lap to be timed and counted, please ensure that your race number is visible. Do not deface or trim the race number.  Call out your race number to the control point team.  Additional spot checkpoints may be positioned at random locations.

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Race kit distribution will be on October 8, Saturday, starting at 8 AM.

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  • Minimum Number of Laps

All teams or individuals must complete the minimum number of laps to be counted as a finisher.

SOLO: 24 hours: 24 laps | 12 hours: 12 laps | 6 hours: 6 laps
TEAM: 24 hours for teams of three: 8 laps/member | 12 hours for teams of two: 6 laps/member

  • Race Bibs

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REGISTRATION CENTERS

•Epic Cycles
Unit 114 Commercenter Building
Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang

•The Brick Multisport Store
Woodridge Apartments
McKinley Hill, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

•Cycling Zone
Shell Gas Station
Alabang Zapote-Road, Muntinlupa

•Paulina’s Cycle Center
Blue Bay Walk, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City

•South Cycle
Suite 104, Greenworld Plaza, President Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

•Storck Store Manila
United Street, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

•John Wilkie Bike Shop
J. P. Rizal Street, Barangay Concepcion I, Marikina City, Metro Manila

•Velocipede Bike Shop
Building B Royal Place Mall, Beirut Street, Don Antonio, Quezon City, 1100

•Multisport Hub Nuvali
Solenad 3, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna

 

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Finisher’s medal
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Winner’s medal
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Prizes

For more information, visit Filinvest City’s web site or their Official Facebook Page or email racemechanics@gmail.com for inquiries.

Cycling School: Introduction to Climbing, 19 Mar. 2016

CYCLING SCHOOL

Introduction to Climbing Level 2
19 Mar. 2016, Saturday at Coffee Trail and Cyclery                       Solenad 3, Nuvali  6 AM – 11 AM

COURSE OUTLINE

Bike Safety

Mounting, braking, hovering, cornering U turns

Climbing Skills

Science of the cycling stroke, saddle position, inclines and declines, braking moving from hoods to drops, climbing off the saddle, ride nutrition and tips on vital minerals such as sodium and potassium.  Intermediate must be able to ride 60-80 KMs.

Bike Maintenance

Ride out, racing and transport bike rack or bag.

LESSON PLAN
A. Lecture on the theories and techniques
B. Practical application ride out (60K)
C. Q & A

Class will be limited to 20 participants so reserved a slot now, fee is Php 1500 per person.

PAYMENT SCHEME You may deposit your payment at the following bank details, and send the copy of the deposit slip at fondomanila@gmail.com:Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands Account Name: Trygon Corporation; Account Number: 8291-0101-73. Kindly contact mobile number 0917527.7141 for further details.

About Coach Patrick Joson

He is a certified triathlon coach from the International Triathlon Union with the level of Facilitator with 11 years of coaching experience.

Century Tuna’s Superbods: the Underpants Run, 5 Mar. 2016

The second edition of the Superbods: the Underpants Run kicks off Century Tuna’s Ironman 70.3 next weekend in one of the region’s desired triathlon destinations, Subic Bay. Running among the world’s top athletes will be the country’s superbods finalists–all for a cause.

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Inspired by the tradition at Kona, home of the Ironman World Championship, Century Tuna is continuing the Superbods Underpants Run which started last year to cultivate a fun local tradition that also gives back to the community.

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This pre-race activity, which made last year’s headlines, is open to all participants of this year’s Ironman 70.3.  The fun run will raise over US$ 2,000 to support the National Greening Program of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Ecology Center. Two pairs of winners (foreign and local) are selected to bring home the coveted prizes: Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Superbods Award and US$ 500 each.

The Underpants Run will start at 9:30 AM from Subic Bay Yacht Club and will take participants through a scenic route along the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.   “We are all excited about the return of this year’s Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 triathlon as it further strengthens our vision to help Filipinos live healthy. We also hope to cement new traditions like the Century Tuna Superbods: The Underpants Run that people will anticipate for years to come,” said Greg Banzon, Century Canning Corp.  general manager.

For more details, kindly visit Century Pacific  or Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay.

Learn the Basics of Climbing, 23 January 2016

This January, Fondo Manila brings another cycling class on climbing, a skill that every biker must learn.  Interested? Here are the details:

The Basics of Climbing
by Fondo Manila through coach Patrick Joson
23 January 2016, Saturday 6:00 AM
Coffee Trail & Cyclery
Solenad 3 Nuvali

Class is limited to twenty persons only so reserve a slot now. Participation fee is Php 1500 and Php 1000 for paid Fondo Baguio registrants.  Kindly visit Fondo Manila’s Facebook Page for payment scheme or send a message at mobile number +632 917.527.7141 for details.   You may want to study in advance the bike route HERE.

Bike handling season is on!

My Jump Start to Cycling and Pose Running

Around  two months have passed since I learned the basics of cycling and the fundamentals of climbing.  On October 30, I had the privilege of attending one of the cycling classes conducted by sports person Patrick Joson*.

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Patrick Joson, Hiren Mirchandani and Running Diva at the parking lot. (photo / Pat Joson)

Prior to this cyling class, I had a problem with the tires of my bike. They were flat and needed air every time I took it out for a ride. To remedy the problem, I brought it to a local bike shop for tube replacement.  It did work for a little while, then the same problem occured.  I was back from where I started.  This posed a dilemma since I didn’t want to miss a scheduled bike session in Alabang. To prevent this from happening again, I readied my bike the night before.  Early morning next day, to my dismay, one of the tires was flat again.  Running late, I had no choice but inform Pat about what happened. Without hesitation, I decided to bring my bike as I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to learn something new, flat tire or not.

The sun was almost up on the horizon when I arrived at the Country Club.  Much to my surprise, Pat brought with him an extra wheel and changed my bike’s tire very quickly.   Wow! Really…

There were only two students in the class.  Myself and a foreign looking guy who can speak Tagalog well.  Shortly after exchanging pleasantries, the discussion on the science of cycling began.  Pat masterfully shared with us the Pose Running technique with demonstrations. The first part of the discussion focused on Science of Cycling, Pose Method, shapes of movements, how the Pose Method is applied in bicycling (road position and tri position) including the quadrants of a cycling stroke or the push vs. pull. There he showed genuine display of enthusiasm or passion for the topic itself.  At one point, he even made us recall theoretical physics such as laws of motion and certain famous equations such as Albert Einstein’s.

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The ride around Alabang Village (photo / Pat Joson)

Now the most awaited or anticipated moment, applying concepts. The bike-handling skills and safety techniques took place in a small open parking lot where each took turn to follow what was being demonstrated by Pat.  I appreciated learning the following: how hovering is done, the eight-figure bike riding,  how to properly make left or right turns while on a bike, how to mount and dismount a bike including bike safety tips.

Me and my cycling classmate (photo / Pat Joson)
Early morning test ride with cycling classmate Hiren  (photo / Pat Joson)

Here came the ultimate thing–the ride around the Village.  I haven’t gone for a long bike ride recently and climbing is something I would like to master.  Another important thing I’ve learned is cadence. Cadence is basically pedalling speed or how fast your legs spin in circles, and this is measured in revolutions per minute or RPM. But the problem is, I didn’t have the foggiest notion how to shift the lever without screwing it up. Pat encouraged me to explore or play with it. He was totally a hands-on coach and instructor.  In fact, it was only through this ride that I was able to appreciate the use of proper shifting, and realized climbing hills is not bad at all. A great confidence booster! I never thought I’d reach a day where I’d be able to ride a road bike with so much fun!

As for my bike, well,  it ended up in the bike shop that morning for tube replacement and tune up.  So what’s next? On to the next level, which is the proper way of using cycling shoes (2016).  That said, super thanks Pat for letting me use your extra wheel, and most importantly, for sharing your time and expertise!

An honor to be riding with one of the best coaches "with a heart" (photo / Pat Joson)
An honor to be riding with one of the best coaches “with a heart” (photo / Pat Joson)
About Patrick Joson and his Cycling Class*

Patrick Joson (Pat or coach Pat to many) advocates locally made products and safe cycling.  He is  the Multisport magazine editor in chief and founder of Jumpstart and Fondo Manila. A certified International Triathlon Union level 2 coach who specializes in the biomechanics of movements.  To top it off, he pursued his further studies in the United States and learned the Pose Method from Dr. Nicholas Romanov himself, creator of Pose Method. The Pose Method of Running Technique or POSE Running is an approach to running which was developed in former Soviet Union in 1977. Twenty years later, it was introduced in the United States and eventually to the public.

Level one Cycling Class is highly recommended for those who can ride a bike, but are not very confident about their cycling abilities.

Indoor Cycling at Saddle Row Studio

Saturday mornings I always find time to cycle on the road when I’m not scheduled to swim.  So glad to know that I’m going to do something different even if the sky looks gloomy.  Obviously, it rained a little earlier.  An indoor activity is a good option.  “Perfect,” I said to myself.

In any undertaking sometimes it’s the first step that’s most difficult.  That’s why it is important to learn and master a skill from highly experienced or trained instructors.

Attending a cycling class at Saddle Row is my way of learning the ropes of biking.  No idea of what will happen except it’s a one and a half hour (1:30:00) continuous spinning* using stationary bicycles and some basic cycling moves.  Great thanks to runner-friend-fellow-running-blogger-turned-hardcore-triathlete Mark who patiently answered my queries about the studio.  Checking the class schedules beforehand, there’s no chance I can be in Mark’s class hence it was agreed to try instructor Raymond’s time slot instead.

*Indoor cycling, also known as spinning, is a form of exercise with classes focusing on endurance, intervals, strength, high intensity and recovery, and uses stationary bicycle.  

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The bikes

At Saddle Row, there are three types of cycling classes.  These are Exchange, Underground, and Resistance.  Exchange is metrics driven and uses intervals.  Underground involves dance moves while spinning.  In short, you can dance to a fun fast-paced ride.  Resistance is a challenging full body workout with core and upper body strengthening.  I choose the Exchange class. In Exchange, the focus is cadence in cycling or pedal speed, which is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm) and the challenge is how much time one can hold every single cycling activity. Nice! ♡ it!

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You can hardly see me … good thing I wore the white Transition One  suit.

There are five of us in the 7 AM slot–three men and two women.  Instructor Raymond lends me a bike shoe first since my cleats are not compatible with the studio’s bike pedals.  Please note, Saddle Row provides free use of bike shoes.  Winner, right?!  Also, you don’t have to worry your stuff or valuables getting lost since lockers are available at no extra cost again. Saddle Row is comfortable, clean, and well maintained.  To top it off, there are shower cubicles so you can freshen up and change after. 

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Bike shoe at Saddle Row using Shimano cleats
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The women’s shower room

After the instructor showed us how to operate or manipulate the bike,  spinning class commences with slow-tempo, picks up the pace in between and ends slow-tempo.  There’s a big screen in front of us where we can see each other’s info and progress in terms of power, rpm, and energy.  Throughout lights are dimmed with background music being played while we are pedaling in the next 1.5 hours.  By the way, the 1.5-hour workout is equivalent to almost three hours outdoors. There are quick and short breaks, too, to either hydrate or go to the bathroom.

Overall, it is a good workout and I’m glad to have tried the Exchange class and finished pedaling a distance of 26.56 KMs. What a challenging interval workout!  It is tiring for someone who’s new to spinning but it will not stop me from trying this thing called Underground. 

If you want to experience a sense of achievement then get into Saddle Row class and give it a try. It is located at 2F Serendra in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Saddle Row is also offering discounts until the end of this month.  

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Saddle Row’s plan for next year is to “cook” fitness assessments and programs that will lead up to races. This is something to look forward to!

Thank you saddle Row! Special shout out to Jammy, and triathlete Raymond for being such good spinning instructor. And, to Mark Hernandez of Team Gotta salamat for everything!

Cycling Enthusiasts Joined 2015 BGC Cycle Asia Philippines

Manila, Philippines, 28 Nov. 2015 – Filipino riders geared up for another bike action around the roads at Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21-22 during the third edition of the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines.  

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Around 2,000 cycling enthusiasts joined the  exciting and challenging event, which featured categories not only for adults and families but also for children.  The BGC Cycle Asia Philippines is one of Cycle Asia’s network of premier cycling events across the region which offers bikers an opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities, one of which is Manila. In partnership with Cycle Asia and BGC, the cycling event was made possible by organizer Sunrise Events, Inc.

Before the ride events, participating families were entertained with fun activities in the Cycling and Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott BGC Manila, the official residence of the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines for 2016.

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The fun cycling action started  in the morning of November 21, Saturday via the kiddie ride categories with a 30-minute Junior Challenge Ride, followed by the Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories.  On  November 22,  Sunday the Adult Ride categories commenced.  The presence and special participation of Australian former PRO cyclist and three-time Tour de France green jersey sprinter’s classification winner Robbie McEwen highlighted the adult ride.  It was followed by the 40-km Challenge Ride and the 20-km Community and Foldies Community Rides.  

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The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro. This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city.  Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program which will be launched in the near future,” said Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation commercial operations head  Manuel Blas II.

Supported by the local government of Taguig City and with BGC as title sponsor, BGC Cycle Asia Philippines has attracted additional partnerships: Gatorade (hydration), 2Go Express (official courier and logistics partner), and Ascott BGC as the official residence including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife, Storybook.ph, Skippy’s bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix.  

Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+Action are the event’s media partners while Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners. Check out BGC Cycle Asia Philippines’ official website at www.cyclephilippines.com.ph.    

About Cycle Asia

Owned and organised by Spectrum Worldwide, Cycle Asia is a network of premier cycling events and offers cyclists the rare opportunity to ride on closed public roads in major Asian cities while catering to participants of all ages and abilities.  Whether it’s a young cyclist on three wheels or the more serious cyclists looking to test themselves on a longer distance, there’s a ride for everyone across the Cycle Asia network.   For more information, please visit www.cycleasia.com.

About Sunrise Events, Inc. (SEI)

Established in 2008 after it was granted the Ironman 70.3 license by the World Triathlon Corporation.  Its vision is to stage world-class events and put the Philippines in the sports tourism map of the world.  SEI stages at least 12 events per year, and has the exclusive rights to the Ironman 70.3, 5150, XTERRA and Ironkids events.    

About Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

BGC is the proud venture of Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation managed by the powerhouse partnerships with Ayala Land, Evergreen Holdings of the Campos Group, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority. The combined formidable wealth of real estate development, expertise, and investment from each group has established BGC as one of the world’s finest and fastest-growing premier cities in mega Manila.  For more info, please visit http://bgc.com.ph.

Enervon Activ We Got Your Bike Promo

Have you been wanting to own a bike, but can’t or still saving for it? Here’s your chance to own one with Enervon Activ’s We Got Your Bike promo!

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Promo period is from 15 June 2015 – 15 October 2015.  To join, simply follow these steps:

1.  Buy 10 capsules of Enervon Activ multivitamins from any of the following participating stores: Mercury Drug, Watsons, South Star Drug, Rose Pharmacy, St. Joseph Drugstore, HB1, Metro Gaisano, Puregold, Robinsons Supermarket, Rustan’s SaveMore, Shopwise, Shoemart (SM), 7Eleven, FamilyMart, and other participating drugstores and supermarkets.  For every 10 capsules bought in a single receipt entitles you one (1) promo code.

2.  Scan Official Receipt (O.R.).

3. Email clear scanned O.R. together with your complete contact details, i.e., name, address, gender, birthdate, e-mail address, civil status at enervonactiv@activehealth.com.ph.

4.  Wait for the confirmation via e-mail within 48 hours.  It’s your proof of a raffle entry.

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Great prizes await lucky winners!  63 consolation prizes (physical therapy packages at Health First Clinic, gym memberships worth P 67,000 at Fitness First, P 50,000 total worth of  Toby’s and RUNNR gift certificates, P 55,000 worth of Skechers gift certificates) to be given away!  The Grand Prize Winners may win up to P 100,000 worth of Light’N Up products (including a  bike) plus P 20,000 worth of Zoot sport and apparel items.  

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So what are you waiting for?  JOIN now for greater chances of winning that “dream bike” and other prizes!

To top it off, taking Enervon Activ brings out the #MAMAW (beast or a strong athlete) in you.  Why? Enervon Activ is a royal jelly multivitamin with minerals and ginseng to help physically active people build stamina and combat sports fatigue to ensure better performance.

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Are you up to a #MAMAW challenge? Then #exceedyourself by trying out these Enervon Activ #MAMAW exercises: 100 reps of forward lunges, 100 reps of jumping jacks, 100 reps of squats, 100 reps of plank rows, and 100 reps of mountain climbers.   

To know more about the Enervon Activ #wegotyourbike promo and #MAMAW campaign, please visit Unilab Active Health for details.

Share the Road Campaign with Avida

A month has passed since I fell on a road bike so the strategy was to be more conservative in terms of speed.  Still recovering confidence from that  accident you see. 

 simple invite from friends a couple of weeks ago was what prompted me to immediately sign up for a FREE non-competitive cycling event which covered 20-km to 60-km distance in Nuvali dubbed as Share The Road with Avida an advocacy to educate not only bike riders but also vehicle drivers; hence, safer roads for everyone.  

A timely and a good tune up to know more about road safety and laws governing bike lanes, and be more familiar with the terrain of Nuvali even though I have run the route (in road and trail races)  before.    

Many thanks to fellow Happy Feet James, a member of Greenhills Triathlon Group, who fetched me from my place.  We both received the free Ride the Philippines Project cap being one of the the first 100 participants to arrive and register early at the venue.

It was also nice to bump into Happy Feeters/running bloggers Rod and Bobby including “master” Mon who just like James,  a member of Greenhills Triathlon Group.   It was sort of an impromptu reunion only this time not in a running event.

Cycling School coaches Patrick Joson of ITU Cycling Efficiency and Chris Allison of the National Cycling Team shared tips on how to be a better and responsible biker out there.

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Environmental advocate Atty. Tony Oposa shared the short and long-term plans on how to further the cause on road safety and having lanes for bikers not only in Metro Manila but also in any part of the country.   A quick photo op followed after the briefing.   

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The riders (Photo by Fondo Manila)

Excited to finally round the terrain, I slowly pedaled just enough to get the feel of it.  Bike handling was put to the test through the rolling terrain of Nuvali.  I did notice some participants were so quick that maneuvering either the uphill or downhill turned out to be easy for them.  Not for me though. Riding downhill at a speed of 45-50km/h  was a new experience.  Then the unfortunate thing happened.  A flat tyre (front wheel)!   Aaargh! At least it happened as I was approaching the Security Gate. No bike crash this time.  Just a tyre problem.

At my request, security staff immediately radioed their Rescue Unit.   So help was on the way.  While waiting, couldn’t help but felt envious every time bikers passed by.

Minutes ticked slowly until I saw the first batch of bikers from our group whizzed by.  One shouted (leadman coach Pat) that my tyre would be replaced anytime soon.  Woohoo! True enough, both Rescue Unit vehicle and that of Team Fondo Manila (FM) arrived at the same time to rescue me and the bike.  Couldn’t be more happy!  In less than a few minutes, the tyre inner tube was replaced by able FM staff Ambet.  Thankful of the help, I informed them that I had to go back and start again to at least complete a loop.

The whole time I was biking, the FM Team never left me. Their car followed me and overtook me  only to give instructions and point directions.   They ( Ambet and Kelvin) made sure I was safe, too.

That said, very grateful to Fondo Manila.  If not for them, I wouldn’t have completed the route.  Super duper thanks to James, Pat, Fondo Manila (Rescue and Registration Teams), Nuvali Rescue Team for the assistance and to master Mon for opening your home to your Happy Feet friends. 

It was organized by Fondo Manila and Ride the Philippines Project in cooperation with Avida at Nuvali Evoliving, City of Santa Rosa, Laguna. 

Overall, the cycling event was a huge success! Congratulations to all cyclists who participated and supported the cause!