For many years I told myself that hiking would be enough but when I bought my first mountain bike, a Cannondale Trail 5, I got hooked. I had my first trail ride going to Malasya with my riding buddy Jann. I really got excited specially when we were managing the descents on a single track. The Trail 5 did an awesome job despite some spills when I did the river crossings 😛
My addiction for mountain biking was starting to build up. Frequent rides in BGC, Army and Filinvest Trails with my brothers, sons and nephew fueled my addiction and I started to crave to buy a new mountain bike that could tackle aggressive mountain trails and also a good overall mountain bike. I started to plan to ride mountain trails and I did a lot of research, reading every blog I could find about mountain biking, the gears, the components and technical stuff. I started to disassemble and assemble bikes. O my!!! I was really into it !
Because of the craving I had, I ended up buying a full suspension bike, the Rocky Mountain Altitude 730. I bought another two mountain bikes for my sons and I ended up doing DIY upgrades on all of them. The bug has infected me hahaha!!!!
I was invited by my brother-in-law to join CCT2007 (Calaca Cycling Team). I had a lot of great rides with them around Batangas. I found the joy of using a mountain bike on paved roads specially the roads that had a lot of rough pavement, pot holes and mud hahaha. I struggled to managed uphills so I did my best to train myself until I was comfortable to tackle even the most demanding climb without getting off my bike. In Calaca Batangas we have a lot of roads that are really great for riding a bike so I took the opportunity to ride during my free time. I could say that I was able to visit more places in Batangas, specially in Calaca, by riding a bike as compared to when I’m driving my pickup 🙂
I did a lot of long rides using my full suspension bike…… Marikina-Infanta-Antipolo Loop, Calaca-San Luis-Agoncillo Loop, around Batangas just to mention some. I was also able to ride my Altitude in Mount Tapulao which I consider to be the most challenging downhill experience I ever did!!!
It has been more than a year since I started mountain biking and I continue to feel the rush. I plan to do a lot of long rides and mountain rides in the coming days 🙂 So what are you waiting for??? Go buy that dream bike and start riding. You will never regret it 🙂