Monday, March 10, 2014

Sierra Madre Ride

Saturday March 8, 2014 -

I was invited to do the Sierra Madre Bike Ride together with colleagues. It's my first time to ride in that area so I got excited. Woke up at 3:30am and packed my things.
6:00 am, I arrived at the staging area near Buso-Buso, Antipolo. The other riding buddies are there. Four of them equipped with road bikes. There are three of us who ride mountain bikes. I am the only one with the 26" wheels.
6:28am, we rode out, the weather was perfect for cycling. Air temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius.

Staging area - this is near Barangay Cabading in Antipolo

At Barangay San Jose, Baras, Rizal with JB in the foreground and Richard at the back

First stop at Palo Alto (km 11)
Welcome to Palo Alto

And the fun begins... approaching Mount Tarangka
Rest stop at Sierra Madre Hotel and Resort (km 25, elevation 645 meters)
Sierra Madre Hotel and Resort is a great alternative to big city hotels. The view is free!
View from the top at Sierra Madre Hotel

This is not Baguio, this is Tanay!
Beyond the mountains is the Pacific Ocean!
We reached Frankie's Eatery in Sampaloc Tanay after 2 hours and 45 minutes of saddle time. We ate two orders of lechon kawali, one order of pork steak, 4 1/2 cups of rice, and 1.5 liters of RC Cola. All for 318 pesos, reasonable price. We decided to head back because it was past ten in the morning. I was tired that I forgot to take pictures there.

Climbing back, towards Mt. Tarangka
We stopped here to fill up with water. It is almost 11 am. The sun is burning our skin
Watch out for incoming vehicles!
Great view
Photo Op

Going back

A few kilometers more...
Touchdown! It's almost 1 pm. Very tired but very happy!

Sierra Madre ride is definitely more difficult than Reverse Palace Route. Elevation gain in Sierra Madre is 2073 meters compared to 1106 meters for Tagaytay.

Date and Time: 3/8/2014 06:28
Activity type: mountain biking
Description: - Ride to Sierra Madre Hotel from Buso-Buso
Total distance: 57.95 km (36.0 mi)
Total time: 6:36:51
Moving time: 4:34:47
Average speed: 8.76 km/h (5.4 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 12.65 km/h (7.9 mi/h)
Max speed: 51.25 km/h (31.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:51 min/km (11:01 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 4:45 min/km (7:38 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:10 min/km (1:53 min/mi)
Max elevation: 649 m (2130 ft)
Min elevation: 157 m (515 ft)
Elevation gain: 2073 m (6801 ft)
Max grade: 56 %
Min grade: -24 %
Recorded: 3/8/2014 06:28


Allan Frank Atanacio said...

i hope i could conquer the sierra madre soon.

Gerald Jerico Velayo said...

Kaya yan. Loop na!