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5 Awesome Reasons Why Over 6,000 People Join a Community Ride Event

Fabi Carino
Fabi Carino | May 19, 2015

On May 15th to 17th of this year, Alaska Cycle Philippines, in cooperation with Sunrise Events and Spectrum Worldwide, successfully pulled off their community ride event. Already on its second year, the event gathered over 6,000 participants and I couldn't miss the opportunity to be part of this cycling occasion again.

Here are the 5 reasons why it was outstanding:

1.    A riding experience for everyone. The event is open to all walks of life and to all kinds of bikes. There was a variety of categories to sign up for, catering not just to cyclists, but to family members and friends as well. From the three-wheeled bikes for the 2-4 year old children, to the kids rides with or without an adult companion to the junior challenge for teenagers, the event had it covered, aside from the usual categories for folding bikes, versatile road bikes, and powerful looking mountain and fat bikes. They also had a special bundle offer to those who didn’t own a bike and want a chance to own one at a reasonable rate.
2.    The Cycling Kit and goodies. On registration day, I walked away with several treats like a uniquely designed dry fit jersey, a personalized ID bag tag, and a transition and feeding bag. At the end of the race, all finishers received a distinctive medal to commemorate their participation. Post-race, they were treated to a convenient breakfast and a refreshing recovery drink.

3.     An occasion to ride with family and friends. The Alaska Community Ride is pleasant race where people have the opportunity to bond while having fun.  Parents get to witness the milestones of their kids on Day 1. I enjoyed riding at a safe pace with my buddies from Team Xycos while observing couples riding leisurely  on their MTBs and fixies. Other teams were out doing a friendly competition.

4.    A good cardio and fat burning activity.  Finishing 40 kilometers in cycling was a great way to consume healthily an average of 750 to 1000 calories.  Time absolutely well spent working out to be fit and feeling positive after.

5.    A well-organized event-   I was very pleased to experience an easy process of registration and claiming from booth keepers. Additionally, on the event day, I felt the festive atmosphere as soon as we arrived at the venue. Cyclists followed their queue and took their turns at the starting line following their assigned waves. Along the race course I appreciated the hydration booths provided where we can take a break and replenish. The atmosphere was enhanced by the presence of numerous photographers documenting the event and the attentive medics who were on stand-by until the end of the race. With the increased number of participants, it was important to keep safe and alert on fellow riders.

This year’s Alaska Community Ride was a fun event and indeed succeeded in promoting fitness through cycling. I can’t wait to sign-up for the next one happening in November. 

Photo credits: 
Charles Custodio
Alaska Cycle Philippines

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