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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bugarin Christmas Charity ride Dec 21, 2008 Philippines

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dear friends,

this christmas charity ride was the idea of vekvek viray of team logic gate, atty tiboy reyes the team captain of team rocka, liston yao and carlos tan of team rocka and rogen of team fil chi. start of the ride was at jolibee sta lucia..up valley golf in antipolo and charity gift giving starts at the climbs of bugarin up to manang rina eatery (auntie rina's eatery / cycling station ) at the mountains of distance is 45 kilometers one way. At Jolibee sta lucia station we received donations of rice, canned goods, slippers, biscuits cookies, instant noodles used books and clothings from our supporters mr winston and ave chua of team xterra...we also like to thank teammate engr rolly cruz of Nickel Asia Corporation who at the last minute decide to double bisekletaguy's the money was used to buy rice which was repacked in kilo bags and together with the canned goods we distributed over 150 bags to young children along bugarin. The final lot of books and remaining used clothings we brought to manang rina who owns an eatery and the cycling station at bugarin..she was delighted to see the goodies and promised to send them to children in her area.

overall it was a fun and memorable weekend. we look forward to the bigger event come christmas next year.

raymond and margie see

ok friends gathered at Jolibee sta lucia to flag off the christmas charity ride

the contents of the plastic bags

with the santa claus's on wheels at jollibee (fotos from teamrocka teammate carlos tan)

thats bisekletaguy having pancakes for breakfast at jollibee

thats cris of PCN who was eager to join this christmas ride

eric sy of team logic gate drove this open mini pick up which was closely guarded by vekvek viray of team Logic Gate before the start of the climbs.

ok this is the group get together at the start of the climbs..

ok the boy with the "yellow jersey" Grin gets the first gift of course!

the second stop saw these children receiving gifts from team captain tiboy reyes

ok these are the ladies of the charity ride margie, nicole and rachel

nicole tan the beautiful daughter of teammate carlos tan of rocka with a photo here with rose ann the 5 year old girl selling quail eggs at the of the inspirations why we do this charity ride.... Grin

ok what is the view at the view deck? here it is a beautiful view of LAGUNA LAKE

"a pity we dont have enough goodies to distribute to everyone" says atty tiboy..."we have to come back next year ray"

this young mother (maybe 15?) was happy to get her share of pampers from the sta claus on wheels.

this 2 year old boy and his sister (maybe 5) was bisekletaguy's favorite kids of this today's christmas charity ride....the boy couldnt lift his 1.5 kilo bag of goodies and his sister was quick to his rescue... Grin

santa claus didnt ride a reindeer up bugarin this year...they rode bikes Grin Grin

mission accomplished with fresh coconuts and a plate of spaghetti here at manang rina's eatery/cycling station at the top of bugarin.

manang rina (originally from bohol) proudly displays her "gucci" bag and wallet and happy to receive donations of books and used clothings for distribution to young children in her community.

foto with manang rina and her daughter and her wall of famous cyclists including raymart santiago movie actor..."send your fotos please and i will surely put them up on my wall of cycling greats!" says manang rina Grin

Monday, December 15, 2008

final leg of Liquigaz race Marikina to Sierra madre hotel dec 14 2008

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dear friends,

the final leg of the Liquigaz race this year was held yesterday dec 14 2008 at Marikina to Sierra Madre a distance of 38kilometers.

This being the LAST LAST RACE for the year Grin... i figured.."oh well might as well go see what the race was about " although for the full week after Subic i didnt ride my bike

the exec riders numbered about 50 and cat a b and c was lumped together as one category. behind us were about 120 riders belonging from the elite and/or. professional cyclists who still need their qualifying rides to qualify for TOUR OF LUZON next year.

the entire peloton was released together and after snaking our way past marcos hiway towards MAsinag MArket...the execs were flagged off and told to go straight while the professional cyclists need to turn right towards VAlley Golf in antipolo and need to complete 170kilometers and finish in sierra madre.

At the masinag market there was a tough climb and everybody just stood up and started pedaling hard. at the tail end of the and a liquigaz rider got entangled on the climbs at the shoulder of the road and the liquigaz rider crashed. i also almost crashed but somehow managed to straightened my bike . then to my disappointment i looked back and found out that my team vehicle with margie in it was nowhere to be found (i realize they took the wrong turn and started following the professional riders) , so i picked up my fone on the run and started calling margie ask them make a u turn and follow the exec racer's route up sierra via Padilla.

one hour and 30 minutes later margie arrived but by then it was too late. i had run out of water and so dehydrated i coudnt move my legs due to cramps. At 30 kilometer mark at the Palo Alto subdivision with 8 kilometers to go......i have to abandon the race as i couldnt pedal decided to climb up sit out the race in my car.

"now i know how Bjarn Riis felt like when he watches his cyclists fight Grin...inside the comfort of his team vehicle" i said to myself as i watch the long long line of tired cyclists climb up that Garden Cottages towards the finish line at sierra madre hotel.

at the Bureau of driver saw team captain tiboy reyes with coke in hand "where is raymond" he shouted and me and my wife started laughing "he abandoned" Grin my wife said....and tiboy reyes laughs.

"what happened?" tiboy asked "my wife and driver got lost i ran out of water and got so dehydrated i couldnt turn the pedals so i have to abandon" i said.

"ok help liston" tiboy we followed liston...saw him doing extremely well as he continue climb towards the finish line.

A FANTASTIC ride for Liston Yao of teamrocka1bikeshop.

i saw liquigaz rider 44 at the finish line...took his hand and apologized for the mishap and his crash..and he said "so that was you..... no worries its part of the game" Thanks so much for being the great sportsman #44 sir! Smiley

Thanks so much to the organizer arnel ty, to the race marshalls led by paquito rivas and all the participants.

Merry Christmas to one and all.

raymond and margie see

here at the prosperous city of Marikina, shoe capital of the Philippines is where we will find true blue Bicycle Lanes for cyclists. Shocked

ok thats rider Number 1 Felipe Frontreras from team CNC with rider number 2 bisekletaguy (by virtue of being early registrants at yesterday's Liquigaz race) Grin "have you seen ernie hortaleza ray, have to swap numbers with him..the number 1 on my back is too heavy a burden" says Felipe Grin

with two time TOUR OF LUZON CHAMPION Renato Dolosa

with team Gerry's Grill and bos vic and his boys

thats me handing over the 3rd prize trophy for the liquigas Tagaytay road race to my teammate Lizton YAo

thats me with ernie hortaleza and santa claus vekvek viray

thats the foto shoot with team Liquigaz and Liquigaz organiser arnel ty

at the finish line...raymond see greets the winner JAime Basilio of team Logic gate, while teammates Tiboy Reyes (was there not to race just to support ) and Lizton yao display their winner's Cup at the past liquigaz race in Payapa Tagaytay. Vekvek takes a drink off the Chivas Regal a gift of team logic gate's Rodel to Team Captain Tiboy Reyes Grin