“Easy as falling off a bike,” goes the old expression, which has the unfortunate effect of making it sound like getting on the bike in the first place is the difficult part. But nothing could be further from the truth: For many people, getting on and riding a bike is one of the most purely joyous experiences you’re ever likely to have, as seen at this year’s Alaska Cycle Asia Philippines.
Some were veterans who had joined in years past, while others were getting in the saddle for the first time, proudly riding as prime beneficiaries of Alaska Milk Corporation’s efforts to promote a healthy and active lifestyle in the country.
Whether they were kids big or small, adults or seniors, thousands came out to the Mall of Asia to experience the freedom and exhilaration that come with riding on two wheels. And what a sight it made, as wave upon wave of cyclists took to normally congested roads, eager to indulge and engage in their passion without the dangers of traffic.
Looking out across the sea of cyclists taking on the empty roads, the feeling of togetherness brought on by an activity shared was clearly in the air. While many of them may have started the day as strangers, when everything was said and done, it didn’t matter who they were or where they came from; here, on the open road, with laughter, energy, and camaraderie, they belonged.
It was as easy as getting on a bike.