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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Site of the Panda bus accident yesterday was in Sampaloc Tanay?

Wheels of Happines

Rizal Philippines
February 21, 2017

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According to hearsays, the site of the Panda bus that crashed into a post yesterday, killing 15 people took place in Sampaloc Tanay, probably in its steepest portion.   We all struggle climbing that portion from Km 65 to 69.   Near the anti magnetic, a lot of accidents happen I too crashed in that area.

Let us be careful kapadyak when we bike at Sampaloc, especially when descending.  where our speed could reach 50+ kph.

As one Scandinavian senior rider from Antipolo City said (I happened to ride with him to Sierra Madre several years back, he said that Sampaloc is not for human beings.  It is only for animals  like horses and carabaos.

Idea of race back to Baguio City from Urdaneta gaining traction

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
February 21, 2017

The thought of returning to Baguio City soon, with the ride starting from Urdaneta is gaining traction and many are interested.

The idea came when Engr June, who was our host in Urdaneta last Baguio City ride February 10 to 12, floated that idea that perhaps we could race to Baguio City soon from Urdaneta.  I mentioned this to VM and some of Recyclists and they liked the idea.  I posted this at FB, a three liner and there were many views and likes

One of them was Sec Noe, whose dream of scaling Baguio City was dashed last Feb 11 when Nanding said he does not know the route when we were all ready in Rosario La Union (ako rin di ko alam)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Analysis of Baguio City ride

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
February 18, 2017

I thought that I did not do well with the Baguio city ride.   I used to be part of the peloton from Urdaneta to Sison.  In our last ride, up to camp 6, I was part of the middle pack.  Now I am the last. There could be various reasons:

1.  Age matters;  I got fatigued at the second half (100 km of the Urdaneta portion)

2.  I stayed back at the Tarlac to Pangasinan portion to assist a limping co rider;   he could have quit due to cramps but I encouraged him to go on spinning. Naturally, I had to go slower and break my rhythm

3. I used the road bike only one week before the ride. I was used to using MTB and got used to 42 x 13 gear combination.  Thus most of the time I was on 39 x 13 or 15 on flats

4.  The kapadyaks are simply getting stronger and faster.   And I am not because of #1

But one thing I can say is that I kept going at the Kenon portion.  The MTB gears saw me through the rest of the climb.   I did not feel distressed at any point in time