Saturday, May 3, 2014

San Isidro Fiesta MTB XC Race on May 11

Updated 6 May. Race map added.

Come join us celebrate this year's fiesta of San Isidro, Rodriguez (Montalban), Rizal with an MTB XC race! 

San Isidro Fiesta MTB XC Race
May 11, 2014, 7 AM

Categories (4):
1. Beginners
2. 29 years old and under
3. 20-39 years old
4. 40 years old and over

1st Place: P2,000, trophy
2nd Place: P1,500, trophy
3rd Place: P1,000, trophy
4th Place: P500, medal
5th Place: P250, medal
6th-10 Place: medals
Age categories:
1st Place: P3,000, trophy
2nd Place: P2,500, trophy
3rd Place: P1,000, trophy
4th Place: P500, medal
5th Place: P250, medal
6th-10 Place: medals

Reg. fee: P200 (with food)
Register onsite
Regitration starts 6AM
near San Isidro Barangay Hall

Race track: 
Combination road climb, downhill, trail and river crossings.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Akayan Trail ride is one for MCC's book

Almost fifty cyclists joined the MCC-organized Akayan Trail ride last March 9. The route is a 40-km loop going up two mountain peaks - on Sitio Macaingalan and at Mt. Balagbag (AKA Helipad or Veterans) - on feeder roads and single tracks.

View from first tabletop.
Cyclists started gathering at the Montalban town hall just after 6 AM. After a short briefing and a prayer, the group started moving out just after 7 AM. We were informed that another group of riders were late, and so some of us waited for them. And so, we were divided into two groups. The first group contains more than 30 cyclists, the second one more than ten, though another six cyclists later joined on.

There is now a welcome arch for Sitio Macaingalan, just above the Stations of the Cross, near the flattened hilltop. This hilltop offered us a great vista of the mountains as well as the plains of Montalban. And of course, for photo ops.

View from second tabletop. 
The road leading to  Macaingalan had been graded, removing the deep rainwater canals along the way - canals which had given us hard time before. However, in its stead, gravel and rocks have become exposed, making it still hard to maneuver. The road also contains powdery soil, and in some places, deep enough to stop a tire. Many pushed their bikes going up, and walked going down, in parts of the way due to this road condition.

We took refreshments, lunch, and stocked on food and drinks at Macaingalan proper, making the halu-halo vendor very happy with her massive sales. And oh, after initial surprise at its presence here, some also took a bottle of San Miguel Beer.

Another new here is that Barangay officials are now taking down the names of cyclists who enter the Akayan Trail, just like in Mt. Balagbag. This, they say, is a safety measure so that they would know if someone gets lost.

Going further up Macaingalan, we stopped at the peak and, in another flattened top (view deck, tabletop), we again enjoyed the view around us, appreciated how far we have traveled, and looked at how far we still have to go to reach the next peak (Mt. Balagbag). And of course, took photos.

In a fork, we entered the Akayan Trail. The single track from here to Mt. Balagbag has become wider and clearer since last year. It has also become easier to bike along the track, except for the steep part on Pulang Lupa, mid-way.

The spring mid-way has been harnessed by a nearby family, but one can easily ask for water. The next spring, near the top of Mt. Balagbag, is already weak at this time of the year.

The second group got to appreciate a near sunset at Mt. Balagbag, the second and final peak, before going back to Montalban plains.

Night caught up on the second group from Veterans village. Good thing the group was prepared for a possible night ride, as was thus equipped. After taking rest and refreshments at Licao-licao, the group road in the dark for more than an hour going back to the Montalban town hall.

Except for some reported bruises, no one was hurt bad in this ride. Many considered the ride very hard, but nevertheless appreciated this distinctive experience.

Montalban Cycling Club thanks all who joined this ride. We hope to meet you again on the trails.

See some of the geo-tagged photos in Google map:

Videos (thanks to BikerJ): 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Akayan Trail Ride

Akayan Trail Ride (organized by the Montalban Cycling Club)

Date March 9, Sunday
Meet up: Rodriguez (Montalban) Town Hall, 6:30 AM. Ride out: 7 AM.

Distance: Approx. 40 kms.

Route: Reverse route of the usual rides. Ride up to Makaingalan, then all downhill from Mt. Balagbag. From Rodriguez Town Hall -> Eastwood Subd. -> San Isidro -> Makaingalan -> Akayan Trail -> Mt. Balagbag / Veterans / Helipad -> Macabud -> Rodriguez Town Hall.

What to expect: LOTS of climbs and DH on fire roads, single tracks on Akayan Trail. Bring PACKED LUNCH. Bring bike lights in case night catches us on the road.

Recommended Participants: Intermediate level and above, or newbies with climbing experiences. Not for Beginners.

Trail Condition: combination of cemented roads (around 10K), feeder roads and single tracks (around 30K). Almost all bikable, except for a few portions on Akayan Trail.

ETA: 5-6 PM.

Bring: helmet, hydration, road food, extra cash, bike repair pack/kit, first aid kit, PACKED LUNCH, bike lights, at maraming saya.

Map of the route:
Let us know if you will join us:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

MCC joins CYCAD's 19th (English) Century Ride from QC to Mariveles

Some members of the Montalban Cycling Club joined Cycling Advocates(CYCAD)'s 19th Century ride from Quezon City Memorial Circle to Mariveles, Bataan, a 170 km. fun ride commemorating the WW II Death March. 

CYCAD's (English) century rides are the only long distance fun bike rides organized yearly in the country, with a different destination each year. It has always been challenging but exhilarating joining these rides, knowing that a CYCAD guide would point your way in every critical junction, a water station would await you at proper intervals, a SAG truck would pick you up when you couldn't go on for one reason or another, and a large meal and a welcoming program would await you at the finish line. 

Kudos to CYCAD for continually organizing these rides!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Puray Falls ride is "sulit"

More than 20 cyclists joined MCC's fun ride to Puray Falls yesterday, 9 February 2014. Though the mountain climbs had been "challenging" to say the least, participants all said the ride has been "sulit" (worth it) as we view the scenes along the route, had viewed Puray Falls and had taken a dip in its cool water. Since this is a newbie ride, we had numerous stops and took pictures along the way.

Riding out at 7:15 AM from the Rodriguez town hall, we took the the Eastwood route going to the place. We had numerous short stops and picture-taking along the way, regrouping and taking short rests on the five hilltops along the way. We had our major stops at Mascap proper and at Puray proper to regroup, refresh, and take snacks.

We took the mountain/dry route going to Puray Falls, and then the river/wet route plus seven rivers trail coming back. We were slow in going, as the climbs after Mascap are steep and the feeder road rutted deep. In many instances we had to push our bikes going up, and even had to walk our bikes going down due to the dangerous ruts on the road. Still, there were glorious downhill rides.

Arriving at the falls, we were glad as we realized we had the falls all for ourselves. The cool, clear water was refreshing, and refreshed we felt after taking a dip. We also took some time doing some cleanup at the falls.

We parked at Cris' place (kina Kagawad, where you also see a "Glorious Bike Shop" poster), and also had our lunch cooked by them.

After lunch, we again rode out at 1 PM, this time taking the river/wet route. The river's water level is now so low that one could traverse this route without getting wet, provided you carry your bike as you step on the rocks. It was here that we happily rode single tracks without nary a climb going back to Puray, and then to Mascap.

From Mascap, we followed the seven river route (now only five river crossings) and coming out on Eastwood Subdivisions. We got lost (did not notice a turn on the single track) near Eastwood, but ended up shortening our ride. The "tawid-pader" access on Eastwood is now fully open.

Before 3 PM, we are already back in Rodriguez.

All the comments I received was that the ride was very "sulit".

The route we took:
Our photos of the ride: