It’s the country’s infamous accident zone, so when a Commonwealth CMR was announced last week, I thought, “Wow. This may be my only time to bike this road, ever! This is sure gonna be something.”
And when they said the president was riding, I thought, “Good, maybe they’ll even close the road then,” *evil laugh mwahaha*
But nope, the president didn’t bike Commonwealth, and nope they didn’t close the road. And the ride wasn’t something either.
It was S-O-M-E-T-H-I-N-G. Hah!
By that, I mean I almost didn’t make it to the ride. I woke up late, called up Binoy to see if I can still make habol, made a mad dash to get ready, and then woke up my dad to bring me to UP, where my bike was.
On our way to UP, we passed by Philcoa where I saw Ricky and the Firefly Brigade marshals assembling, so I was confident I was still going to make it. When I got to UP, my bike was ready, I changed into my Philippine Dodgeball shirt (just in case I get a photo op with Pnoy, hehe), waited a bit for Benedict, then we pedalled on to Philcoa, only to find…no one.
So by SOMETHING, I mean Benedict was kind enough to bike with me to catch up with the group before he goes off to train up Sierra Madre. Thank goodness we saw a lone Mr. Marshal who was also on his way to catch up with the group, which was by then already in Sandiganbayan. Benedict left me with Mr. Marshal, but because of the rush, I was already feeling tired. I didn’t want to have no energy left for the ride back toQC Circleso I cheated and took a cab from the Tandang Sora intersection.
But the smart, mayabang feeling didn’t last long. As soon as Sandiganbayan was in view, I saw zero bikers. A quick call to Binoy confirmed that they were already on their way back toQC Circle!!! Darn it! All that rushing for nothing?! This can’t be!
So by SOMETHING, I mean I got off the cab and stood on the road with my bike, not knowing what to do.
Until a group of bikers approached me and before they could say anything to me, I asked if they were there for the ride with Pnoy. They said yes, and I said, “E bumalik na po silasa Circle. Pero magbibike pa rin po ba kayo?” They looked at me like, “Duh…is that even a question?”
- my adoptive group…
Of course they would still ride to QC Circle! What’s more, they said I could ride with them! I felt like a lost kitten adopted by a pack of big cats. Like in the cartoons. They even gave me a flaglet. Del Delivers. Apparently they are all from Marikina. Marikina is a city supportive of cycling, so I didn’t mind it at all.
- My Poodle bike!
But while standing there, waiting for the ride back to start, I realized something. These are hardcore cyclists! In racers! And I’m a newbie! In a folding bike! My face probably showed what I was thinking, so they quickly assured me, “Inaantay pa natin yung mga nahuli. May mga baguhan din. May mga naka-japanese bikes.” Whew!
So by SOMETHING I mean we very coolly biked out as soon as the rest of their our group caught up. Hmmm…I was going to be able to ride Commonwealth peacefully after all, I thought. Lalalalala…
Then it started. Sunday morning Commonwealth Ave. + racers. Oh it was definitely on!
They just basically flew and left a trail of dust for the rest to follow! I desperately tried to catch up because I didn’t want to be biking alone alongside the busses! I am very thankful to Kris (a friend I made there) who biked near me, else I would have literally and figuratively folded and taken another cab back.
So by SOMETHING I mean we biked most of Commonwealth at the fastest I could. Which may not be very fast for many of you, but for me, I felt like makakalas na yung bike sa bilis. Kris said that at one point we were at 25kph. For me and my 20in.wheels, that was SOMETHING.
I had never been happier to be in the QC Circle. I had never been happier to see Lisa, Pio, Ethel, Karen, Rosar, Ricky, Binoy, Froi, Sam, Titus, everyone!!! Ever!
- Karen, Me with tabingi helmet, Lisa, Mon, and Sam
Then I found out Pnoy wasn’t even there yet. Why was I not surprised.
- Isn’t his name Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III? C for Cojuangco?
When he did get there we all went out to ride with him around the Circle, and just as we got out on the road, I felt something wrong with my bike. I looked at my gear indicator thingy and it said I was on the hardest gear. But why didn’t I feel that when I pedalled? I looked down by bike, and the next thing everybody heard was me screaming, “Ricky!!! Yung kadena ko!!! Natanggal!!!” LOL
I went to the sidewalk and I tried to remember how Benedict fixed the darned chain before. I was scolding myself already for not paying attention when I saw that Ricky went back to help me and Pio was right behind him. Ricky got my chain back to where it’s supposed to be and because it was just going to be one loop around the Circle, we just biked back inside. Thank you very much Ricky and Pio!
- Two presidents! Ricky of the Firefly Brigade and Pio of Tiklop Society of the Philippines!
So much for biking with Pnoy. LOL
- Muse mode with Marikina bikers and Sir Jimmy Ancheta of Tumana (Dad of Capt.Ziff!) LOL
- With Rosar, Karen, Jimmy Ancheta, and Freddie
- We imagined the monument to be the Eiffel Tower hehe…
All that said, I now conclude: The May 15 2011 Sunrise CMR along Commonwealth Avenue, ladies and gentlemen, is my most memorable ride so far. *bow* Join me in the many more most memorable rides in the future! *grin*
- Happy Ms.Tabingi ang helmet