Friday, January 15, 2010

I-ON Extreme Bike Challenge on January 30, 2010

Alright, this coming January 30's another Mountain Bike race!
If you're joining then read above~

Well... I'm not joining but I'll be covering the race from the sidelines... And will be supporting my ride buddies. I just hope Ian Ong doesn't back-out, if he's joining.. the same goes to those participating from
UST Gruppo Tomasino. I'll wish you guys/gals all the luck! And prayers...

... 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

Shotgun - Taking on the Challenge

Pedal damn it!  I think I saw this on a top tube of a Marin bike when I passed by a slow pedal-er on the flat portion on top of Shotgun trail.

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.

A Compilation of Rides... for the whole December of 2009

To cope up with lost time, I have to summarize every small and/or long rides I had since after the December 19, 2009 Grand Alumni Homecoming at UST.

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.

2.) A few days later after that event and days before Noche Buena and Christmas comes. I spent an early climb to the City of Pines, Baguio City with the whole family. I was allowed to bring a bike to explore the city's hidden trails... but with the lack of a guide and several mis-communications with the local riders. I had no choice but to try road climbs.

Compared to the road climbs in the Metro, these climbs were good training spots for those who enjoy climbing cardiac hills. Friends from Teachers Camp brought me to a few of these training spots such as: "Tiptop" and "Happy Hollow".

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~

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Very sorry to forget the year of the tiger~

But to be true, I also forgot that I had a blog to maintain.

So what's new? What have you all missed? Many rides and vids to show from last December 23 till now.