The sense of adventure is relative to different kinds of people. For some, excitement begins just by going out of the house. For others, it means going out of your comfort zone and doing something out of the ordinary. Since we have different lives, “adventure” is unique for each one of us.
Twin Lakes to Nasugbu Adventure Ride
Our merry band of riders has a Facebook page where we update each other on our bike shenanigans. We stumbled upon an article in TopGear.com.ph telling of a new trail in Tagaytay Twin Lakes. It was a marketing move for the developer of the area to get people (bikers) to visit their project. Thus the Mountain Goats decided that we should visit the South and seek the Twin Lakes MTB trail.
We were intrigued by the MTB trail because we personally know the trail builder and he told us stories about this “Batangas Project”. The area sits near the border of Tagaytay and the Welcome-to-Nasugbu arc.
Our navigator punched in Twin Lakes and Waze (the traffic buster app) led us there. It was quite easy to locate, you just have to follow where Twin Lakes was and park there. The guards were respectful and helpful in showing us where to park. There was a basement parking where riders can leave their car while riding.
We were excited to do the trail. We rode up to the trail head and there was a security guard waiting for the riders to log in their names, phone numbers and email address. We obediently answered the fill in the blanks and we were off!
The trail head offered a steep downhill all the way down. We could not see where it ended so we just hoped for the best, straddled our bikes and got into the downhill position. Our butts almost touched the rear wheel because the first descent was really a DH boys’ dream.
If you enjoy going down really fast, the first part of the track is a 9/10. The single track just went down and down and down. There was no need for the drive train, for you don’t have to pedal… you just have to control the bike and modulate your rate of descent. This is where technical braking is very important.
1. You cannot lock the brakes for it would only ruin the trail and the tires would just slip and the bike would go sideways.
2. One must learn the ABS technique of braking or Antilock Braking System. (brake-release-brake-release)
3. Kill the speed and release.
4. Put your weight at the rear of the bike. Have your saddle in front of your crotch as much as possible.
5. Use the rear brakes to control, use the front brakes to stop.
6. Do not fall over a ravine. It is hard to get back up.
The trail ride was ok, until you realize that the amount of descent you are having means you have to go back up again to the trail head. We turned on our Strava app and checked out our coordinates. After going downhill for about a good kilometer, the terrain became uphill and it seems as though we were climbing up the trail head.
There is a good area overlooking the Tagaytay range where we took our pictures and discussed the track. One of my friends almost fell off the ridge because he stopped and leaned his right foot on soft soil. The soil gave way and the bike and my friend dropped a good four feet. Good thing our sweeper saw him and helped him back up. My friend is ok, he just got dirt in his ear, no cuts or bruises.
We were back in the Tagaytay-Nasugbu highway earlier than expected. We weren’t so keen on going home just yet so we looked at each other and decided to hit the beach. Nobody knew how far it was, but we just itched to go far and just ride. We all agreed and just went at it.
We rode downhill from Tagaytay to Nasugbu for a good hour. We were playing and going aerodynamic on our full suspension bikes. We crouched low for more velocity and sat straight again if you want drag. There were minimal vehicles going to Nasugbu that particular morning and it was such a wonderful playful DH ride. We finally hit Nasugbu town proper and pedaled for the beach.
We had lunch at the local homely restaurant called Dalampasigan. After trail riding and having fun on the road, this is by far the best lunch ever (you know what I mean). We had a feast and ate like kings.
After lunch, we hanged back at the beach and thanked the higher being up above for our wonderful adventure.
Acknowledgment: Spyder for the shades.