Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Anyhow when we did this ride, do always take note to:
* If you want to reach the first stop early, make sure to leave around 1 or 2am
* Rest for 5-15 minutes every 20km.
* Don't rush it, keep it on a steady pace, 18-20kph is already fine (we did it on 19-26kph)
* Don't ride when it rains (although we didn't get to experience that)
* When the heat becomes unbearable, rest
* Recharge and refuel, always! Not all stops have hydration points, not all stops have sari-sari stores.
* You can finish it in one day, though you won't be able to see the sights...
* ... thus a 2-day ride is the best way. Make sure you reach Carmen, Pangasinan on the 1st day (170km).
* Going up Kennon, make sure to rest every 2-3km. After the Lion's head its 5-10min rest every 500m... only if fatigue's getting on you.
* Remember to bring a Jacket, as the cold weather up is freezing cold.
So I guess that's it! I hope you find this useful.
PS: Oh btw, this route totals to 270kms. I sometimes find MapMyRide's mileage count inaccurate.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
please support our cause
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I got a call from my father, to check Remate's website. Told me that Fidel Asor notified him that the write-up on the group's epic ride is finally posted on Remate. It was not only about the epic ride, but also about the group's advocacy. It's one step for us cyclists. And one step for us Filipinos.
Post coming from Remate - November 24, 2010
Bike lanes campaign draw supportsUploaded by Gwenn Breaking News Nov 24, 2010 A group of professional senior mountain bikers and a lady member of the national team led a caravan slated Nov. 26-27 in Baguio City as part of the group’s advocacy program to set up bike lanes in both minor and major roads in the country.
Besides the “Bike Lanes Now” advocacy, the bikers are also urging concerned government agencies such the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) as well as local government units (LGUs) to launch a sustainable campaign in educating motorists to respect bikers on the road.
Records show that there is a growing list of accident involving bikers such the grisly death of 47-year old Alfredo Padilla last June 19 along the United Nations Avenue in Pandacan, Manila.
Tony dela Cruz, the initiator of the project, said: “The grisly death of Padilla has moved us to do something to protect commuter and leisure bikers. We observed that the absence of bike lanes and the lack of discipline of some drivers and courtesy towards bikers are among the major reasons for accidents involving bikers,” said Tony dela Cruz, head coordinator of the program.
Over 6,000 online users in Faceboook showed their support in the “We Want Bike Lanes in RP Movement” fan page.
Dela Cruz said equally important is the need to educate drivers of four-wheel vehicles to respect bikers.
Hinduja Global Solutions Ltd., a global business process outsourcing (BPO) service provider, is the major sponsor of the undertaking.
original post: http://www.remate.ph/?p=10962
Saturday, November 20, 2010
We had a group photo-shoot sponsored by our ride partner Hinduja Global Solutions. And also on this day we got our Ride Jerseys distributed. And oh boy was I astonished by the design, truly an awesome work-of-art to wear.
Our group photo-shoot was taken at La Mesa's own Eco Park. With the whole group complete we were able to take many takes as well as many laughs. Was also the first time meeting our two newest members: Joyce del Socorro, a Philippine Cycling Team member; and Manong Cesar Medoranda, the oldest member of Team Foxbat.
With them onboard we're totalled to 16 (Danthat wasn't able to come today). So here are a few takes.
The photographers did an excellent take on this day. And of course it was also the day we got to bond together as one group. Bihira din yung ganun na first time mo lang makita, friends na kagad kayo. Also found out that Joyce was also from the same University as I graduated from, UST. I decided to sponsor her jersey.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
And the end conclusion was to go "Touring"
So in the end I went around the metro to purchase these equipment for the coming double epic and a half ride.
|Topeak Drybag Panniers|
|Exustar Waterproof Top-Tube Bag|
|Continental CityRide 26x1.75 with Reflex|
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
2010-0925 Road to Ternate Marine Base pt.2 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
Witty today, humdrum tomorrow... better post it~
Friday, October 01, 2010
PMTB Marines - Ride to Ternate Marine Base from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
Here's part 1 of 2 videos for the last September 25's epic 120km ride from Bacoor, Cavite to Ternate Marine Base and back.
Photos and remaining videos to be uploaded later. enjoy~
Was there a time in your life that you felt that you were already going overboard? Or those times you were pushing the limits?
Well to tell you all the truth, I've been pushing myself physically and even mentally way overboard.
One of the reasons that I may have gone overboard physically, would be the want to reach my father's physical level (no not his body mass). His long endurance strength that I don't particularly have. Friends, even my physical education teacher from highschool, told me that my body was meant for short distance sprinting, and with a high metabolism... I couldn't even last in a 3km run.
Most of the time during the week, the only exercise that I can get my hands on is on the bike during the weekends. As my whole week is jampacked with work work work, and by the time I get home... I'm already dead tired.
Epic (100km+) Cycling has become my outlet to improve my endurance to match my father's body strength... although, I lately found out that I might be pushing my body to it's limits.
Is there any other option for me to improve my endurance? And keep riding Epic?
a troubled rabbit
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Ageless Warriors - Tampisawan sa La Mesa from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
What have we been up to? Why no update?
We've been riding Sierra Madre Loop for the 3rd time already... Usually done once a month and it all started last July 24. 2010 - it was supposedly a secret ride composed of 12 individuals. and Finishing the route within 9 to 10 hours.
Sadly I wasn't able to bring the GoPro on that trip as I wanted to travel light and finish it without any hassle. (Mounting it on my helmet makes my reaction slower).
After a month, August 15, 2010... we had Sierra Madre Loop 2... it was supposed to be a secret ride, that turned into an announced ride on PMTB due to a mod's prune and transfer from the events gallery of the first Sierra Loop ride.
On this ride we had a total of 63 attendees... but in the end we were down to 9 who finished the whole loop within 11 hours.
And just last Saturday, September 4, 2010... we had Sierra Madre Loop 3, an announced ride arranged and organized by my father, Tony de la Cruz (Decroix). On this ride we had 22 attendees... and 22 who finished it till the end together.... although we rode from 5:45am till 7:20pm... perhaps the longest time we had with 6hrs. 44mins saddle time. Compared to the first loop's 6hrs. 17mins. saddle time.
[08-14-2010] Sierra Madre Loop 2 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
And so on October 2 (tentative date), we'll be having another take-on with Sierra Madre... on Sierra Loop 4, couldn't get tired on testing our limits again.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
but it doesn't mean I've forgotten this and that, anyhow here's last few weeks ride vids:
This one was just last week: IPO DAM TREE-PLANTING RIDE
2010-0612 KKK Ipo Watershed Tree Planting pt. 1 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
2010-0612 KKK Ipo Watershed Tree Planting pt. 2 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Photos best describe the steepness of our climbs going to Pastulan.
An example and testimony to that was last Monday's bike ride, during our family's joint-birthday celebration held at Subic Freeport Zone.
The route was from Camayan Wharf to Binictican: Padyak Kabayo trailhead via West Ilanin Forest Area / Cubi Point
Upon reaching the trailhead is a long steep climb uphill... from what I remember there were around 9 steep climbs, in which SB8s, AKAs and Race Kings are proven worthless unable to grasp the dusty to rocky terrain.
The first stop after the numerous climbs is Pastulan, a village of Aetas who maintains a protects the beautiful forests within SBMA's compound.
Sadly thats our checkpoint and turn-around point.
As the uphill was steep, tiring, challenging... the return downhill was as challenging as the uphill. Navigating and controlling your descent was the key to reaching Binictican.
[2010-0503] Ride Horse Ride! Part 1 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
[2010-0503] Ride Horse Ride! Part 2 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
Next time we'll complete this up to the next mountain from Pastulan. For now its time to train more.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Imagine that 26 years of struggles, joy, happiness, various experiences... sadness, pain and anger... and achievements, goals attained, and even those times I've had lots of fun bonding with my friends, cycling buddies, airsoft friends, bestfriends, and of course owing a lot of these to my family who has supported every decision I made through these years.
So what's to expect this 26th year?
Definitely for this blog... more cycling vids to expect... more trails to overcome... and possibly trail runs, trekking and anything outdoors.
As for me, there'll be more challenges... especially at work. Advertising's a heavier toll to my creative thinking than how it was when I was with 3D and Animation. But I'm still planning to go back to 3D after a year and half experience in the field of Advertising... just planning... we can't define the future yet.
Ahahaha some of you'll be asking how about love life... I wish I could find Ms. Right this year. I'm only looking forward to having Ms. Right as an outdoor's person. So I could easily relate to.
So what's next? We'll just have to take everyday as a challenge and just keep on climbing to the 27th year.
Till the next few days then~
Friday, April 30, 2010
We decided to meet up this night instead of celebrating my birthday tomorrow, since he'll be proposing to his girlfriend, Diorella tomorrow.
And of course went to Starbucks soaking wet.... the rain a few hours ago was a storm. Had nikkoguiam and choyoboi's jerseys brought to apple1's house... or should I say met apple1 (Eduardo Arevalo) by the gate of Philam Homes.
The day before my birthday... ahaha
Imagine that, I get to spend my leave at starbucks... in which I should've been on the plane to Bangkok, Thailand... but our family trip got cancelled due to the conflict in Bangkok. Instead our trip's going to be on the 2nd of May till the 3rd of May in Subic.
"Haaaay... sayang talaga."
Instead we're spending my birthday (and dad's) at home tomorrow. And visitors? As usual its family relatives... as for my friends? I don't know if my bestfriend will be coming over this year... he'll be busy proposing to someone he's fallen for tomorrow. How about Michi, Mik and their kids: Lei and Ashela? Prolly busy... I guess I'll be celebrating this year's birthday without my bestfriends.
So what's in my agenda today? Well here I am this morning waiting for those who'll be picking up their jerseys at the meet-up place: Starbucks Landmark Trinoma.
Hmm I guess you guys haven't seen the UST Gruppo Tomasino yet? Ayt? The jersey's were delivered at the office last Tuesday. And the outcome of the cycling jersey was definitely awesome.
So what's next after this morning? Well I'll be heading home then get my Single-Speed and have mandudugas08's jersey delivered through LBC... then after that I'll go for some afternoon trailing at UP... have some beer with some friends if I meet them at Mang Manny's... deliver Vicente's jersey to his relatives' home @ teachers village, then go back home... for some rest.
Eventually mangdugas08's jersey was delivered earlier this day... while this afternoon had the Deore DX headset installed to the DB... and drooled even more when I found a NOS 1992 Muddyfox Courier frame in 19" sizing for just 950php at Roosevelt Bicycle Store... will be getting that frame soon, just in case the DB's frame breaks.
Then around late this afternoon had vicente's jersey delivered to his house... then rain pours like a storm.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Trailing around Camp O'Donnel from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
Aside from this trail video, I was also able to get some still pictures of the trail...
And the infamous, Mt. Pinatubo Crater... getting a chance to go trekking to that part was a fantastic experience. I'll share you all the photos from that time when I get home.
So far enjoy~ Hope those vids were able to get us all back in track.
The reason behind all these are a jarful of many things. One would be work, followed by exhaustion and possibly next would be being pre-occupied with other things.
But it would be best to share all my stories in one blow right? Just to catch up.
First of all there's the Training Rides for the Tour of the Fireflies... training rides for marshals. It happened for Five Weeks but I only got to attend 3 of the 5 training rides. Was absent because of the Newbie Licao-Licao ride organized by PMTB that happened around the 2nd week of March. And Absent again on the 4th training Sunday because I had to support my father during his participation @ the All-Terra King of Mountain Trail Run.
And of course just last April 18, 2010 was the much awaited Tour of the Fireflies... an advocacy tour in which 10,000 cyclists stormed and rocked 8 city's in Metro Manila.
And just recently April 25, 2010 was the invitational trail ride during the INNHS Highschool Reunion of Batch 71 (dad's highschool) @ Camp O'Donnel in Capas, Tarlac.
Like as always the best way to share a memory is through photographs or through video/film.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I was at the boardroom having my creative evaluation when the earthquake happened. I didn't have a single clue if I should've panicked or not.
But t'was more than a 30 second quake. But if I were to put it in words: "T'was a 30 second ground moving action."
The last quake I felt that I'm aware of was the earthquake of 1990... I was in prep then back in the Ateneo. It was a quake that has been embeded into my head.
I just hope that this quake would be the last one... for now.
Here in Chino Roces, Makati CBD, a street near my office building... I often spot a group of fixed gear cyclists. Their rigs are very eye-catching... although from my point-of-view its very rare to see fixed gear bikes especially groups here in the metro. The most bikes I often see are mountain bikes, road bikes and folders... but rarely do I see a fixie or two.
Maybe... just maybe, fixed gear will someday bloom here in the Philippines, just like the scenes in Malaysia, Hongkong and Singapore.
If you're a fixie and lookin for buddies, you might want to check Commence Manila.
But if your a single-speeder, you might want to check the local mountainbiking scene.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
During the heyday, there was only cross-country... the all mountain of the yesteryears. Now there are 8: cross-country, all-mountain, enduro, freeride, downhill, dirtjump, 4cross, single-speed... or so I think of it.
Last year I was all riding cross-country... finding the love of the sport climbing cardiac hills and trailing around the local trails... But just recently I've come to enjoy the downhills even more. No-no I'm not into downhill riding, but I'm learning to love the descends, technical courses and especially those with rock gardens... and to add some 2 to 3 ft. drops. Although I've already done a 4ft. drop and accidentally bottomed-out an SF9 Epicon with 100mm travel once... which is a very bad thing for low-travel air forks.
God, thats where I forgot the limitations of Cross-Country riding. A Cross-Country frame and fork can't take the abuse of 3ft to 4ft. drops. Not unless its a 29er.
How can I enjoy the downslope rush while also be able to climb steep hills as well? That's what disciplines are made for. I'm thinking of going All-Mountain or probably XC Trail.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Luckily SR-Suntour's Tuning Base made a video on how to adjust the travel of your SF9 Epicons. Imagine that its an insider by SR-Suntour, and its no secret.
It can be found here:
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Was planning to get the A665 (an XC Trail frame with SPF Tubing)... but when I saw this at Kinesis Taiwan's website... it was love at first sight. This is now my target frame to acquire in a few months.
That is what everyone calls: Upgradititis... a disease with no cure.
A disease acquired from having the "want" to have a better "item" from envy or from the thought of a better "item" means "better performance"... or even worse "will make me GOD", if you're that stupid.
Upgradtitis, first symptoms are envy towards other people's acquisitions... then followed by the want to have the same thing or even better. Either because you want it for no reason, or another one would be because you would benefit more from it. Another reason would be when changing parts you is that your main reason is to upgrade, then upgrade again.
Since this blog is related to mountain bikes... and it should be.
Well the major reason why I'm talking about: "Upgradititis...", is that I'm finally confessing that I too am infected with this uncurable virus.
Started with the want for a full-suspension frame... then I guess it'll be followed by the need for better stopping power (hydro brakes), then the need for a wheelset that can take much abuse... and probably the want for a better ride... it follows and follows then further more will be followed by a few more things till it never ends.
But a diseases with no cure is impossible... and for Upgradititis... the only cure is to restrain from upgrading... to control one's addiction.
I hope I can do that...
Thursday, March 04, 2010
I've been riding HT for years now... and just last year on a Aluminum HT in 7005 series tubing. Sadly the vibration produced by an Aluminum HT when riding on trails is very unforgiving... its like riding on a rodeo horse, crushing your nuts on every bump.
Truly uncomfortable compared to riding a Full-Rigid Chromoly.
In Marketing and Advertising terminologies, there's the "Needs" and the "Wants".
And eventually I'm in a need for a softer or milder frame that would soften my ride during descends/downhills. And the want for a frame that can match my riding abilities both climbing steep slopes and going down with confidence... plus must be in Green and White or Green and Black (just a preference XD).
And the answer to all those... is to get a full-suspension bike XC Trail frame. My options include a Kinesis A665 frame, a Kinesis A670, Mongoose Teocali, and if there's an availability here in the Philippines... my top choice is a Diamondback Sortie... but if budget-wise the cheapest and the sturdiest would be a Kinesis A665.
In a few months maybe... I'll be going for that goal... a softer ride.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
So how does she looks like now?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Anyways... calling all UST Gruppo Tomasino members... here's a short preview of what to expect for our next ride!
[01-31-10] UST Gruppo Tomasino - Recon Down South! from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
Special thanks to Eduardo Arevalo (apple1) and Joey Espinueva (joeyralliart)... without them none of this would be possible.
Monday, February 08, 2010
Monday, February 01, 2010
Anyhow anyhow... the mtb scene's also a storm. With the ION Bike Challenge just passed and an experience riding south luzon's numerous trails also produced some good reviews.
Once I get home I'll upload all the vids and photos of two consecutive takes.
Friday, January 15, 2010
... unless the wind changes direction, there might be a chance that I too join this race, but still having doubts if I should.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
To those still unknown with Shotgun... its a trail in San Mateo, Rizal famous for its steep dirt climbs and of course the dump trucks that pass you as you climb several mountains. Dust, smoke and the scorching heat.
If you have tried "The Wall" or "AFP reverse"... this is a level further than those. Climbing Shotgun requires lots of hydration, complete protection from the scorching heat and UV Rays; yes that includes sunblock, and of course patience... lotsa patience.
The ride was organized by Ian Ong via FB, but am sure it wasn't him who wanted to tackle Shotgun. Hmm must've been Mike Serrano. Was sure he brought his cam in contrary to this climb.
Well from Shotgun we continued the ride to Giant via Roxas (single-track). And going back we took the route down via Aries - AFP Housing. And truly that was one hell of downhill.
It was also a blessing to test the "hand-me-down" SF9 SR Suntour Epicon RLD my father handed me down. Compared to the performance of the XCR, the Epicon takes all the beating the trail gives. But to be true, you can't compare a fork from another fork on just one single trail ride. I'll gather more information before I can give a real review.
Speaking of review... I haven't given a review on my current set-up of tires, that is the Continental Mountain King and Race King. Well thats another story.
1.) First of course, December 19, 2009 - Only 5 of us were able to attend the Grand Alumni Homecoming, but without the attendance, am sure that the organization wouldn't be able to get that Recongition.
I even had a chance to get a vid of the downslope run from TipTop... before I ran out of card space and batteries.
3. After Christmas... December 26, 2009. This was the last time that I could taste the trail for the year 2009. A good year-ender at the La Mesa Nature Reserve with ride buddies as well as Marose and Jeena's group. A total of 18 mountain bikers took on La Mesa's numerous single tracks and fire roads.
There's actually 7 parts of this ride, and only got the chance to upload 2 of these at vimeo... might get the chance later on to post everything if there's extra space before I maximize my weekly limit.
It's actually cool that La Mesa's terrain's varied. That every other time we go there, there's a different attraction. The above vid (part 7) is a single-track that we haven't tried before. The caretakers of the nature park told us that it was re-opened after Ondoy's (Ketsana) wraith. It was maybe also because that some of the usual routes have been badly damaged during Ondoy's downpour a few months ago.
Well that wraps every little and BIG ride for December 2009~