Friday, March 29, 2013

Blue, Green and White, with a Little Wall on the Side

Good Friday, this is a time of contemplation, meditation and staying at home reading the Bible or watching religious themed movies and programs. I do my meditation when I am astride my bicycle. My Grandmother would cringed and probably hit me with a stick if she saw me heading out with my bike on a Good Friday, God bless her soul.
With the long holiday wrapping up in a couple of days, I took this chance to hit the Green Zone and Blue Zone trails once more.

The local government of San Mateo, Rizal is very aggressive in its campaign to promote bicycle tourism. Posters, such as this one, contain useful information like elevation, distance of points of interest. The Wall is approximately 835 feet (250 meters) above sea level and is 1.1 miles (1.9 kilometers) from the bottom.

Near the entrance of Timberland Sports and Nature Clubhouse.

It is a clear day, Mount Arayat could be seen in this photo.

A few hundred meters from the green shed, the entrance to the Blue Zone trail is near

Blue Zone
Informative poster at the entrance of Blue Zone Trail.
The Blue Zone is a purpose built mountain bike trail suitable for intermediate mountainbikers with good off roading skills.
Trail and surface type:
Rolling terrain. The surface maybe loose, uneven or muddy. It includes a lot of flowing single tracks. The trail features berms, ledges, small man made obstacles, wooden bridges, roots and rock gardens.
Gradient and Technical Trail Features (TTF): Most gradients are moderate but includes short steep sections and small TTFs.
Suggested Fitness Level: Higher Level of Fitness and Stamina.
Trail designers: Edmund Mangaser, Tony Boone, and Jason Gabrinao

The Blue Zone has lots of berms and single tracks that twists and turns, with long sloping sections that will give you a rush

The view of Sierra Madre in my opinion is one of the best here in this section.

A makeshift shack in the trail

Polluted Southeast Metro Manila

Suffered a pinch flat. It is advisable to have spare tube, patch kit, and portable tools ready.

Bamboo bridge

Somewhere in the middle of the trail, there is a bamboo thicket that offers shade. The humidity is low in this area that it is a few degrees cooler than the other parts of the trail.

I enjoyed riding the trail, that I forgot to take more pictures.

Green Zone
Sutiable for: beginner/novice mountainbiker.
Basic mountain bike skills required
Trail and surface type: Rolling terrain. Trail surface maybe loose, uneven or muddy, includes lots of single tracks, and some berms.
Gradient and Technical Trail Features: climbs and descents are mostly shallow.
Suggested fitness level: good standard of fitness.

Entrance to the Green Zone Trail

Rest before hitting the trail

One will never get tired of the Green and Blue Zones, remember, ride it in an infinite number of ways.

3/29/2013 6:43am
Wall, BlueZone, GreenZone Google Map

Cycling stats
Name: 3/29/2013 6:43am
Activity type: cycling
Description: Timberland Green, Blue Zones
Total distance: 22.92 km (14.2 mi)
Total time: 3:28:19
Moving time: 2:55:15
Average speed: 6.60 km/h (4.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 7.85 km/h (4.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 39.95 km/h (24.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 9.09 min/km (14.6 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 7.64 min/km (12.3 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1.50 min/km (2.4 min/mi)
Max elevation: 452 m (1482 ft)
Min elevation: 56 m (185 ft)
Elevation gain: 935 m (3067 ft)
Max grade: 8 %
Min grade: -21 %

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