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this recap i did while in suan dusit hotel in Bangkok before heading back home to manila may 7 2009
the toughest amateur race in asia this year was held in Bangkok and the provinces in Thailand from MAY 2-MAY 6 .
It is called THE TOUR OF FRIENDSHIP R1 2009...It is nowhere the level of Tour of EGAT 2005 and Tour of egat 2008 in terms of intensity, firepower, distance.... i was telling teammate Kaight Forgie...."for me FINISHING just one of the tough stages was like winning the race already"...
consider the following.
Day 1 we had to cycle 30kms to the start. 7 kms of ITT then cycle back 30 by OURSELVES back to hotel. ..67kms
team Philippines Excellent noodles boss Alex billan with his super domestiques prepared for stage 1 (official foto)
the peloton snakes its way out of bangkok to the staging area of the ITT...(official foto)
the long and beautiful straightaway was perfect for the 7kms ITT (official foto)
team Philippines proudly shows off their flag jersey before start of ITT May 2 2009(official foto)
team philippines from left to right raymond see, tiboy reyes, michel velasco (singapore based philippine rider riding for team Joy riders) rex tan and emmanuel tiples giving the photographers a nice foto shoot before the start of the races (margie see foto)
crowd favorite miss AVE CHUA from team philippines (official foto)
DAy 2....Hotel to PETROL STATION same 30kms neutral...THOMAS said "set your computer to zero after 175kms...FINISH LINE at that KANCHANABURI PLACE (killer stage KOM 2005 Tour of EGAT) This time i didnt walk up that hill..however everybody flying already none gets dropped. So am already happy . Today should be 205kms total with the neutral...I had to cycle 181kms plus 30 total but i couldnt see the finish so 211kms..i have to quit my longest stage...bummer for me...but for we teamrocka to cycle 200kms that already a BIG achievement. so many TEAM PECA people COMPLETED THAT 220kms RACE!
my friends PHILIP GO and TIBOY REYES and REX TAN from my teamrocka SURVIVED THAT ONE so WARMEST CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO SURVIVED.
a rider from team joyrider singapore shown here riding his bike with MIS ALLIGNED handlebar enroute to the finish after crashing out earlier in stage 2 (margie see foto)
rex tan of teamrocka1bikeshop philippines had to cycle on only one leg after suffering cramps but still managed to finish stage 2 (margie see foto).
philippine hopeful Leian Cruz (in blue) of team Fitness First battles it out with the best up the 3.9 kilometer uphill after 217kms in this piece of action stage 2 (offical foto)
philippine team riders Rene Tablante of Tagaytay Highlands team in white and Leian Cruz of Fitness First in blue pracatically speechless after successfully finishing the 220kilometers long stage 2. (margie see foto)
DAy 3 ....the PAVILION was so nice and so 3rd stage 145kms...over that KOM climb again...40kms of rolling with 3.9kms SPIKE..after wards they bring us to what looked like a forested area rolling at first with U TURN then climb back what looked to me like GARDEN COTTAGES up sierra madre mountains east of manila...too much for me...so i have to abandon again 100kms mark...now i went to pee near a tree...and my pee starts look like im peeing blood already...so i have to ride the sag wagon pick up truck which brought me to our Philippines Toyota GRANDIA COASTER and so i was able to see how the race unfolds. AGAIN PHILIP GO my teammate and TIBOY REYES and REXTAN made it..at the finish line...so many people literally dropping on the road side..some people suffering dehydration and severe cramps..so many had to abandon today. At the PAVILLION am still peeing blood..so had to drink 5 bottles of mineral water water therapy ...until pee clears.
raymond see wears his zefal hydration life support system along to help beat the heat...(official foto)
the garden wedding party is actually the dinner reception and awarding ceremony area at the Pavilion after stage 3 (margie see foto)
DAy 4 now this is a flat stage 154 kms on paper...i already told my wife am doing the 109kms ladies finish line only as am sick already..so my wife said if i couldnt ride i can stop. wow the speed of the survivors of the 40-49 was 44kms per hour..after surviving 90minutes of this i have to ride by myself..wait for 30-39cat go by then ride with them guys.
most of the PHILIPPINE PECA BOYS had survived ...i finshed my 109km target and thats good enough for me.,
a Fantastic dinner, some video showing and award ceremony was held at this beautiful grand ballroom after the 4th stage (margie see foto)
DAy 5 the last stage goes back to Bangkok 100kms.. same finish line last year. Philippine team 40-49 wants to speed up from start for a chance to go all out for the beautiful SADDLE TROPHY..so speed was 50kph first 3kms...then slowed down a bit to 40kph i couldnt hang on..fortunately my friend robert meier from bamboo lake village team decides he too couldnt survive 40kph per hour cruising speed so two of us finished 31kph per hour over the 100kms. the rest of PECA BOYS had to endure 3 big crashes for 40-49 that saw the cycleworx guy land in hospital after he hit pothole he also lost his pinarello prince (broken seat tube)..MUTUC BROTHERS also crashed..Michael YNGSON crashed, ADMIRAL TIPLES CRASHED ALSO
the colnago Extreme C of team Philippines rider Emmanuel Tiples was missing its saddle after he crashed out near the finish..(margie see foto)
This red Pinarello Prince from a Team Cycleworx Singapore rider wasnt so lucky either after suffering cracked bottom bracket assembly as a result of a crash on the final stage (margie see foto)
Ave Chua won 4th place ladies category. she was so happy. (margie see foto)
Leian Cruz of team Fitness First Philiipines got 1st in the 30-39 age category. (margie see foto)
I am just happy to finish. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS AND SURVIVORS!
Raymond See of teamrocka1bikeshop Philippines (in yellow) raises the hand of Robert Meier from team Bamboo Lake (in green) after crossing the line during the last stage of Tour of Friendship 2009 (margie see foto)
raymond see in striped tshirt with Robert Meek in yellow with team THUNDERHEAD ANZA CYCLING and friend chanchai of team CHAMPS KORAT thailand (holding his 5th place trophy) .....at end of stage 5 (margie see foto)
team Philippines took home 15 trophies during this years edition of the Tour of Friendship. (margie see foto)
MABUHAY team PHILIPPINES!
suan dusit place BANGKOK