We Need Bicycle Lanes in Tagaytay


A year plus months ago when I first went up to Tagaytay.  I had my stock 26 mountain bike by then and I bit more than I could chew.  I started off 6am, reached Tagaytay around 11am (5 hours).  For a stretch of 38kms via the Sta. Rosa Highway, if this was flat, easily I could have done it in less than two hours.  Reality wise, after Nuvali, the road comes up to a long incline all the way up to Tagaytay.  A gruelling 20kms of pure sluggish incline.  I thought I had the knees and equipment for climbing hills, I was dead wrong.  I had to make an inumerable number of stops, almost had cramps, and every bit of pedal stroke I made would want me to quit and simply go back down to Nuvali.  The uphill battle to Tagaytay gave me the creeps everytime someone suggests we go up there until now.

A year and more months after that, another bike after that loyal 26er, now I am sporting an upgraded Trinx 29er.  Tricked out with an 11-42 teeth cog, 9 speed with a 2x chain ring, topped off with 700 x 35c tires, I am now confident I can conquer Tagaytay easily with this set up.  Equipment wise done, I had to take care of another aspect of the ride, the rider.  For weeks now I have been training on uphill climbs albeit short bursts but bursts none the less, coupled with long stretches of roads, hoping to overcome my goal of conquering Tagaytay once again.  I felt I failed last time even when I held myself to the top.

This second time finally I held my own.  I was able to go up Tagaytay in more or less two hours.  I only stopped twice and rested once going up the Sta. Rosa Highway.  My first stop was when I assisted another biker to fix her bike carrier the second one was when I rested and took a quick lunch near the top.  Great feeling you get after a hard bike climb.

Once at the top, I savored the victory by taking a look at the famous Taal Volcano.  Took some snaps and rested a bit amidst the cool breeze of Tagaytay.  After which I decided to go down back to which I came from.

Traversing another route back, this time via Silang, I noticed that the road only accommodates 2 very tight car lanes.  So tight that whenever the tricycles whizzed by me, I was almost got hit by one.  Tagaytay being a popular destination for bikers, I do hope that the local government can provide a bike lane.  

Turning right towards Silang, its long downhill route, then the road leads to Governor's Drive on to Carmona, Cavite, then Binan towards the National Highway, then back to San Pedro, Laguna.  A total of 82kms,   The total time was 5 hours inclusive of lunch.