Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blue Zone - Timberland Nature and Sports Club

Last time, I explored the green trail at Timberland and generally breezed thru trail like eating cake. But this Holy Thursday morning, a childhood friend took me to the Blue Zone to explore the area. I thought it would be easy but I was in for a surprise.

The trail entrance was not far from the green trail so I assumed it would be easy. The green zone starts with a relatively flat terrain. But Blue will give you a 100 meter, 30%grade climb as an appetizer. You will then have single tracks and lots of cogon grass, roots, tree canopies, two bamboo bridges, climbs, and a wall that drops 15 feet if you dare. (I did not, thank you, I used the single track to navigate that thing)
Check out the pictures, mind you, the pictures will not do justice to the trail. You got to see it and experience it.

You can see Sierra Madre Mountain range from afar

Lots of single tracks will greet you

My childhood friend Uzte is a "halimaw" in biking parlance. Defined as a monster in climbing hilks and negotiating trails. Having lived in San Mateo all his life, he started cycling 4 years ago. Everyday, he climbs the wall and can climb from San Mateo Public Market to Giant in 45 minutes! (That is more than 15kms with an elevation gain of 900m)

My gloves did not do a good job of preventing blisters. The trail is really hard. I did not experience this in a long time

After the trail, we topped up at Pestanos to recharge before heading home

Name: 03/28/2013 6:54am
Activity type: cycling
Description: -
Total distance: 15.26 km (9.5 mi)
Total time: 1:51:14
Moving time: 1:35:07
Average speed: 8.23 km/h (5.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.62 km/h (6.0 mi/h)
Max speed: 29.41 km/h (18.3 mi/h)
Average pace: 7.29 min/km (11.7 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6.23 min/km (10.0 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 2.04 min/km (3.3 min/mi)
Max elevation: 449 m (1475 ft)
Min elevation: 67 m (221 ft)
Elevation gain: 826 m (2709 ft)
Max grade: 12 %
Min grade: -16 %

See map here
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