Girls Ride Out 2017 | An All Girls Bike Ride in Nuvali
The first non-competitive ride out B and I joined together was last year’s ROX Bike Out Nuvali. I was with my road bike Yuki while B was with her mountain bike Andre. B enjoyed the experience though she was a bit intimidated because around 98% of the participants were male.
B was very excited and eager to join when she learned about the Girls Ride Out 2017 in Nuvali. It’s a non-competitive 25K all girls ride provided by Bell Joy Ride program. She urged me to register and join her on the event. It’s very seldom that she joins bike events so I obliged and registered ourselves.
Arrival at the Event Venue
We arrived at the event venue, The Coffee Trail Cyclery Solenad 3, at around 5:30 am. There were lots of available parking spaces so parking was not a problem. We went inside The Coffee Trail Cyclery at once to sign our waivers and get our respective Supacaz water bottles as included on the event goodies.
It was starting to drizzle so we went inside the car while waiting for other participants to finish signing their respective waivers. After an hour, we proceeded to Solenad 3’s activity area for Yoga stretching, our warm up before the ride out.
Marge Camacho of Light ‘N Up gave a brief introduction about the Girls Ride Out event after the Yoga warm up. The event aims to gather the lady bikers and give us a venue to ride together and get to know each other.
We were asked to group into two before we took off for the ride. The first group were those that are already riding for quite some time and familiar with the Nuvali route. I joined the first group, we were paced by a male rider.
B joined the second group consisting of first timers and those that are relatively new to cycling. Their group was paced by Marge herself.
The rain started to pour real hard as we rode our way to our designated route. I was wiping my shades every now and then as the rain water droplets accumulating on the lenses were making the road less visible. Our group decided to stop in front of Miriam College so we can check and regroup with the second group.
As we regroup, the ladies expressed their concern about the safety of each other. The group agreed to cut the route short by making the u-turn at the Carmelray guard house entrance instead of the u-turn at the guard house inside Carmelray. We also cautioned each other to go slow going downhill since the roads were slippery. Marge asked the first group to go ahead as she waited for other lady bikers of the second group.
We finished the ride at a distance of 19.38K according to my Garmin.
We got our Gatorade refreshment and finisher shirt as we finish the ride. I had small talks with other lady bikers while waiting for B to arrive.
B arrived after around 30 minutes. She told me that she had a dropped chain around 500 meters approaching the finish. Good thing that there were good Samaritan bikers who helped her fix her bike. B enjoyed her second group ride out experience and is looking forward to join another group ride.
There were only a few open restaurants offering breakfast in Solenad 3. We chose to have our post ride breakfast in Banapple, one of our “go to” restaurants in the area since we want to feel comfortable and have a big breakfast serving. I ordered Garlic Beef Tapa with Creamed Parsley Eggs while B had Banapple Bacon Meatloaf.
There was no Funko Pop reward for me for this ride out. My Funko Pop rewards are for official races.