Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tanza to Nasugbu: Lessons in Geometry

The 19th century British poet, politician and playwright Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton said "In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves." Couldn't agree with him more. The more curves a bike hugs, the more fun it is for the cyclist.
Last May 11, 2014, I took on the challenge to reach Kaybiang Tunnel from Tanza Oasis Resort. Plotting the course on GPS, the oneway distance is 30kms, you could see from google maps that the road leading to Kaybiang Tunnel is curvy. Not only is it curvy but filled with inclines, straight lines, tubes, and horizontal lines. Prepare to learn geometry.


Tanza to Ternate road has plenty of straight roads. The sprinter will have his fill of speed. See if you can beat your maximum speed at this stretch.
Day break: Sprinting to Naic

Go ahead, test your sprinting power here. Somewhere near Maragondon
Maragondon River emptying into Manila Bay. In the middle is Isla de Balot


The route "Kaybiang Tunnel Attack" starting from Ternate and ending up in Nasugbu, has more than 90 curves. Be careful when negotiating the curved road, this is a two-lane pavement that cars and other fast moving vehicles travel too. Surprises lurks at the next curve.

Proceed with Caution
Motorized vehicles share the road, exercise caution


Serious cyclists ply this route to test their skills in climbing and road hugging skills. The route traverses Mount Palay Palay. Total elevation climb could reach as high as 1.4kms.

Incline plane: going to Puerto Azul
UCI Category 2 Climb


Five hundred meters to Kaybiang Tunnel. A few hundred feet below, you could see the tunnel entrance

Approaching Kaybiang Tunnel at the next bend.

7:04am, Kaybiang Tunnel
Half pipe

Horizontal Line

When the sea meets that sky, you get a horizontal line that defines that boundary. Wherever you are, you got to see it.
The boundary that separates the sea and heaven.
Bataan and Corregidor (partly hidden) from afar
Description: Tanza to Nasugbu
Total distance: 56.99 km (35.4 mi)
Total time: 4:52:30
Moving time: 3:33:31
Average speed: 11.69 km/h (7.3 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 16.01 km/h (10.0 mi/h)
Max speed: 55.82 km/h (34.7 mi/h)
Average pace: 5:08 min/km (8:16 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 3:45 min/km (6:02 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:04 min/km (1:44 min/mi)
Max elevation: 332 m (1091 ft)
Min elevation: -21 m (-70 ft)
Elevation gain: 1486 m (4876 ft)
Max grade: 44 %
Min grade: -40 %
Recorded: 5/11/2014 4:44AM

Here is the comparison of Tagaytay and Kaybiang Tunnel
Tagaytay Climb Profile

Kaybiang Tunnel Climb Profile

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