Having missed way too many rides and events of the Manila Coffee Cycling Club, I made sure I would be there for its first anniversary…and was I ever glad that I showed up.
After the initial meetup at San Antonio Plaza in Forbes Park, founder JP Cariño took us on a 20-kilometer ride that packed quite a number of places into a dense little package. Riding a loop of Bonifacio Global City, our motley group then went down Gil Puyat Avenue to the SM Mall of Asia area.
We then pedaled to Rizal Park and Intramuros, where we stopped for photos, rode cobblestones, and slurped some sweet taho.
Our way back had us cut through busy Taft Avenue, passing by UP Manila and De La Salle University, before swinging back towards Makati to conclude our ride at the new home of Gruppo Veloce Sportivo, a spiffy bike shop named La Course Velo, located on Sampaloc Street in Makati.
Awaiting us there was a substantial breakfast spread, plus coffee served via pour-over.
The shop itself is really rather neat, packing a lot of premium cycling components in a compact floor space. As this is meant to be the showcase for Gruppo Veloce Sportivo’s wares, right now I think it serves the purpose pretty well.
Elsewhere on the shop floor are just a few of the high-end bicycle frames Gruppo Veloce Sportivo brings in.
As La Course Velo is also a fully functioning bike shop, there is a workshop area, as well as a bike fitting rig.
Concluding the little program was a little raffle of cycling knick-knacks, with winners drawn by lottery.
It’s amazing how quickly an entire year rolls by. As JP himself said, the club started a year ago just as an informal collection of cyclists who happened to like coffee and riding on Sunday mornings. The ride routes back then were a little on the tame side, but gradually became more adventurous as the club reached out to little cafes and explored the theme of “riding your city.”
Despite many of the participants owning high-zoot bicycles, it’s also quite impressive how inclusive the club is. On every second Sunday of the month, you can ride with athletes, coaches, celebrities, bicycle industry players, distributors, and other people from various walks of life – all just so happen to enjoy riding. That’s pretty neat. Long may the club continue.
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Exceptional write up JM! Always enjoy reading your stuff, makes a special occasion even more notable