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Saturday, December 4, 2010


« Reply #124 on: November 30, 2010, 03:48:42 PM »
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dear team,

Last Thursday 26th november i packed bike, bag, and headed to Dagupan by myself to be adviser
and participant of VUELTA DAGUPAN 4 bike race. This race used to be a one day CRITERIUM ONLY
race in dagupan...until i suggested early on to make it two days and extend the race Dagupan up Baguio on day 2.

racing poster for vuelta dagupan 4 November 27-28 2010 PHILIPPINES

Saturday, Day 1 Criterium
there were over 60 riders racing per category over
the seemingly easy (not true) race course... which has 500meter stretch of
BRIDGE which cyclists had to climb 10 times to heart rate redlining
after lap 2 when rex cortez (hbc) and leian cruz (bont) attacked..disintegrated the rest of
the riders who looked like they are having a subic climb road race instead of a
criterium...i feel powerless worried already for stage 2 day 2..i may not
be able to make it after today i said. 7pm in the evening Organizers and me and dondie
we gathered mossimo team, Bont team, franzia team and cebu cycling..deposited the riders
to the famous MATUTINAS Restaurant (President GLORIA ARROYO and entourage eats here
when she passes by this town) and the organizers welcomed the guest

Team BONT in dagupan for day 1 stage 1 THE CRITERIUM

with my former WATERWOOD CYCLING CLUB teammate ren badeles (now BONT rider) and dondie (now PLDT) who was also a former teammate

day 1 stage 1 30kms criterium action

leian cruz broke away from the peloton today with another BONT rider Jeremy and Rex Cortez of HBC

alex borras organizing committee did very well in the crit



BONT had 2-3 finish with Jeremy Mirasol and Leian Cruz

Jazzy Garcia on PRINCE OF SPAIN colored Pinarello wins the professional category

dondie azarcon with ice pack behind his left knee..after trying to tear his tendons up the bridge.. Grin

Sunday . Day 2 DAGUPAN UP BAGUIO. day of reckoning we have 90 riders
on paper..almost half of them NEVER BEEN UP BAGUIO and had worrisome look too.
The starting line and registration was held at the beautiful clubhouse of SAN MARINO PLACE
...around 830am the cyclists were released.

saturday evening november 27..welcoming dinner hosted by organizers of race ,with sponsors quin baterna, raymond see and dondie azarcon held at MATUTINA'S restaurant DAGUPAN

TEAM MJY in front of San MArino's Place in Dagupan where the race will start for day 2 stage2 Dagupan up Baguio

Motorcycle escorts were plenty and provided safe and secure race for participants...picture taken before start of race in SAn Marino

the first 35kilometers was neutral..cyclists had to go to bonoan town up san fabian
beach resorts ..up damortiz road towards ROSARIO near foot of KENNON ROAD..where
the riders were gathered..allowed to refill water bottles and do the pee. after
all riders checked in ..riders released OFFICIALLY FOR START OF RACE for second time

this elevation chart courtesy of miguel (from cebu cycling) who did a solo training ride up Marcos...shows elevation
from Rosario up the tunnel and the steep 14percent grade after the tunnel where the finish line is located

i never got to the front..but i hear the pack disintegrates after few kilometers
up the climb from PUGO...BAGUIO is the ultimate climb and from PUGO..around 42
kilometers of suffering before the finish.

i caught dondie up the mountains but at one point..i had severe cramp and he
overtakes me again...dropped me by 6 minutes...i have no answer..hats off
salute to DONDIE..extremely difficult just happy i didnt black out
collapse...took me for the record 5hours 1minute 50 secs from STARTING LINE

Revelation for today for Franzia..THREE PERSONS...Edwin Mansueto, Philip Go
(check out the fotos see how EARLY philip arrived he is with edwin and CEBU
CYCLING STRONG RIDERS) ..and Doc Ramon Liboro who climbs BAGUIO for the first
time and FINISHED.

Revelation for the race Aussie BRETT HARRINGTON of CEBU CYCLING 3rd..for the
aussie great climber..who came all the way from Australia to try this one climb whom raymond see keeps proclaiming as the Philippines' cyclists Mecca...a must climb.

team cebucycling

team MOSSIMO and team CEBU CYCLING light moments before the race

Brett Harrington and Raymond see before start of race

photo with the imported guy Brett and doc ramon liboro my teammate

Picture taken by Jojo Rinosa of dagupan fit to be the COVER of new cycle racing CALENDAR 2011 of SHIMANO. Thanks so much jojo! laugh

edwin mansueto had a 16 pound EDGE carbon wheels equipped PARLEE bike and rode very well

danny sena, leian cruz and manny de los reyes up the climbs..MARCOS HIWAY BAGUIO

ernie hortaleza of HBC cebu cycling looks behind him up MARCOS highway

ernie hortaleza with a mossimo rider with him up MArcos

ome rodriguez of cebu cycling after the tunnel

Dagupan's cycling doctor and generous godfather Dr Butch Ydia

kaye lopez wowed so many persons with her beauty and strength

there was a 2kms, 1km, 500meter signage near the OFFICIAL finish line...and i think while this made the strong cyclists aware of the finish...makes me and rest of the guys suffer all the more...when you see how looooong you still have to climb to be able to finish...but i have to thank organizer for not imposing a cut off curfew and allow us normal human beings to finish..Thanks so much you made us very happy.

also i dont know if you noticed...the struggling riders were guided by 2 motor escorts as soon as they approach the dangerous tunnel before starting up the long climb..sometimes the tunnel is slippery when wet also some of the traffic there may be dangerous for cyclists so this MOTORCYCLE ESCORTS for raymond see and rest of the last riders is very very much appreciated..there was fog here when i entered the tunnel and so some bicycles equipped with blinkers and lightings but i didnt have them on... so my motorcycle escort had his hazard lights on.thanks so much. Grin

Brett harrington up the climbs..he is Australian and came all the way from Australia just to ride this race laugh

Franzia strong finishers edwin, eduard and philip with ome and philipsainz at the finish line in BAguio WHEW! what a tough race this was...

ernie hortaleza finishes first in his category

Brett Harrington finishes 3rd in his category

warmest congratulations to all the winners and participants SPECIAL MENTION NEVILLE BANEZ, DOC BUTCH YDIA, LOUIE GUTTIERREZ and ALEX BORRAS the organizers in dagupan who says there will be another race like this in 2011..

Congratulations also to Ernie Hortaleza and of course Ome..i hear he had 25 teeth sprocket on..
painful climb i imagine...ome...i wont be able to climb on that 25...hehehe

november 28, 2010 after the race Team Franzia stayed in Baguio for a night and had dinner at the Baguio Country Club..dinner courtesy of doc ramon liboro in celebration of raymond's birthday..thanks so much guys! Grin

november 29 2010 morning with my Franzia teammates in front of the beautiful resthouse courtesy of our teammate in Baguio

november 29, 2010 as soon as we arrived in manila..we headed for the christmas party and birthday party complete with birthday cake hosted by team FRANZIA WINES cycling team owner Boss Lucio Cochanco Jr..for Franzia team manager raymond see...THANKS SO MUCH boss!

I see you guys in the races in 2011!


raymond see
team manager

PS> this early DAGUPAN organizers are talking to raymond see..and planning DAGUPAN TO BOLINAO 120kms road race early 2011..."can you ask your friends Manila and Cebu riders to come?" they ask..when details are firm..ill announce that race here.

Monday, November 8, 2010


« Reply #266 on: July 26, 2010, 04:53:07 PM »
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random fotos taken by margie see and raymond see for Kia Iron Legs part 3 (2010)

arrived in tagbilaran 1030am july 23 with team SEVEN LAKES von ricardo ongkiatko and erwin rili


long river cruise LOBOC river bohol


july 23...manila riders had lunch at Loboc floatingrestaurant and upriver cruise



margie and audrey tiples dances with folk dancers along loboc river


Tarsier Sanctuary july 23 friday


Baclayon Church with an image of Padre Pio on one of of the stone pillars of the oldest jesuit church..with the wife of bennis caw, raymond see and boy tiples from manila


internet foto blog of someone holding a foto of padre pio against the pillar of baclayon church


altar of baclayon church


legaspi sikatuna shrine


photo shoot of all manila riders staying at the earliest hotel in Bohol...the 38 year old La roca hotel...old hotel but the beautiful receptionists warm and friendly... Grin


at KIA Franzia riders and Friends from manila

dondie azarcon team pldt and raymond see of Franzia worlds best selling wine cycling team




the support crew from manila foto shoot


Cat B road...up Tinae sa manok


raymond see looking fresh at the finish line up Chocolate Hills stage 1 race...margie see foto. laugh


my ageless wife margie at Chocolate hills viewdeck


sunday after the race...Bohol Bee Farm with margie

lunch consist of flowery organic salad from Bohol Bee Farm



view of the ocean at Bohol Bee Farm


the biggest python in captivity in Bohol...with margie crazy enough to get inside its cage


The winners for CAT B road race


thanks so much to the winners and participants...more fotos to be attached back in manila...

it was a Great Race for all participants thanks to Rey Cemini Fewsky all the organizers and Kia and the all my friends who came with my delegation from Manila...of course i know you enjoyed Bohol...the scenery... the good roads...friendly people...and the beautiful faces too Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin...good luck see you again on the road soon...we go where the bicycle takes us next.

to my wife margie..thanks for the all the fotographers thanks so much..#77 audie...thanks for your big share of the pacemaking in stage 2...its the champion who is the winner..its the gentleman cyclist who is my real champion....without the cycling jersey we are all cyclists friends... laugh laugh

to dondie azarcon...SALUTE for fair play...absolutely dominant this year in KIA IRON LEGS PART 3...i have no answer to your solid attacks..i already threw everything i got try drop you even before you click on your shoe were absolutely amazing...on stage 2..we were neck to neck up the finish i lose to you two bike absolutely spent at the finish not one pedal faster...thats the best i can do for this year...BRAVO my friend..GOOD JOB GOOD RACE...MANY MORE RACES TO COME...see you in the next race... laugh

your friend
raymond see
Franzia cycling team