This blog is my attempt to journal our rides each season. TEam MANG (timang) is a very informal club - the one requirement is that you love to ride your bike (all types)...and do other things like eat and hang out and be silly. The term "Mang" is commonly used in the Filipino language to address older gentlemen but we're not gender or ethnic exclusive. We welcome women, too - we call them Team "Aling". Overall, we're just BFF's (bicycling with friends for fun).
Saturday, February 2, 2013
2013-02-02 Take us to the Alki Beach!
At Alki Beach after a hilly morning
Some of our Team Mangs are reaching for the sky, training for the Death Ride in California on the same weekend as the STP in July. So they're training harder, earlier and taking the rest of us along for the ride...when we can keep up. On the first weekend of February, we rode from Renton through the Lakeridge neighborhood going west through Skyway, down to the Tukwila industrial area, up through White Center and down to West Seattle's Alki Beach. It was a lot of climbing, led by Trangko veteran Mang Ferdie. Arriving at Alki Beach in 2.5 hours was quite a feat, considering that some who had joined us had not ridden a hard ride yet since the holidays. To add to the excitement, we had 3 tandems riding with the group. The effort was well worth it.
Something new at Team Mang rides - tandems!
On the way home, some felt challenged to go towards downtown Seattle and through Pioneer Square, climb up Yesler Way and make their way towards Lake Washington Boulevard through Madrona from there. Those of us who were feeling a bit winded by the first half took the flat route through Marginal Way, South Park and the Interurban trail all the way back to Renton.
The Yesler Way conquerors
We all managed to get back to the Stadium within 30 minutes of each other and finished off the day with lunch at Pho Hoa. A total of at least 3,000 feet of climbing (even more for those who took the Yesler Route) and around 37 miles of riding.