With all the wonders in the world around us, it’s safe to assume that some of the most beautiful things out there are just waiting to be discovered. For those stuck blissfully in their comfort zones, such wonders could very well go undiscovered unless they get the right push – or a bicycle.
It does not matter who you are, how old your are, if you’re a professional cyclist or one riding on three wheels – Gran Fondos are for everyone. An event that originated in Italy in the early 1900s, a fondo lets you enjoy the pleasures of cycling without time pressure and the intensity of a competition, allowing you to enjoy your time with your friends and loved ones. Through the years, Gran Fondos have been held in some of the world’s most scenic countries.
Since 2012, fondos are organized all over the Philippines by Fondo Manila with fitness site pinoyfitness.com as one of their partners. The organization looks to bring Filipino cyclists in some of the country’s most beautiful trails and discover new ones in all of its 7,107 islands. The group promotes camaraderie between cycling enthusiasts as well its three advocacies: bike safety, bike responsibility and sports tourism. Through Fondo Manila’s own cycling school, they are making it easy for everyone to get into cycling while promoting local tourism. To date, Fondo Manila has brought riders to northern expeditions such as in Baguio and seaside destinations such as Baler with updates about their newest adventures and more, found in their own website (fondomanila.com) and Facebook page (facebook.com/fondomanila).
Some of cycling’s best stories need not come from global tourneys or races. Some come from bonds forged though family trips, bike rides by the bay, or casual riding on trails with breathtaking views. As historical philosopher Confucius once put it, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.”
Now don’t you think it’s time for you to go out and do some exploring?