Sunday, 17 August 2014

Cycling Vietnam - tour of DaLat and Nha Trang

Descending.  After the births of my 3 kids this is possibly the best 3 minutes of my life! Actually I descended for 2 hours, this is a particularly exciting section. Not the best road surface but little traffic and enough good road to hit big speeds;

Monday, 11 August 2014

Mountain bike River crossing in Yangshuo

This was an awesome day out - Getting completely drenched and covered in mud around Yangsuo and the Li river

Thursday, 7 August 2014

China P3 - Rock climbing in Yangshuo

...have to admit I felt a little anxious here being so high up a (real) rock face for once, instead of the climbing wall at our local shopping mall - and here you are really relying on just one bolt...Then the same anxiety 10 times over watching the kids climb... but really great fun and a very beautiful location.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

CHINA ~ Part 2

During a 3 week trip through China I was able to get into a number of things which classify as sport including Road Cycling and Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Trekking along the great wall. But for me it was the the early morning running I enjoyed the most. And one of the most beautiful early morning running routes anyone could take is a lap of central Beijing.! Really!
From the Ascot apartments I went West along Wangfujing / E Chang an Road (Subway line 1), Thru Tienanmen Square followed by a lap around the forbidden city then home. The side streets in the area are beautiful, shaded cobble stone lanes called Hutongs with loads of cool looking old style houses and small shops . The surrounds of the forbidden city are spectacular. There is a walled palaces with motes and gardens to follow all the way around. The locals are out on the streets from very early practicing tha-chi, dance or other types of movement and meditation. Its so authentic and surreal and...Chinese! Then almost as spectacular is a lap around the walled city of Xian. Take the paths at ground level of run (or ride) atop the wall itself for an awesome view of the city... its a 14km circumference of perfect running track.
Xi'an is a great city to visit - famous for the Terracotta warriors.

...around the walled old city of Xian...

outdoor pingpong

early morning running past the forbidden city palace

outside the forbidden city

Tienanmen Square


An amazing country to visit and awesome place to ride!
I did most of my riding around Yangshuo.

The footage tells the story of how much fun this place is...

Skate Places in Manila

Inside San Lorenzo on out way to the UltraPool.
...saw this story on top 10 Skate Locations in Manila which is pretty cool but it failed to include 2 important places;
11 - Dasmarinas and San Lorenzon villages; If you can get access, there is heaps of good surfaced, hilly, safe roads. We also skate over the walk way, across EDSA and into San Lorenzo all the way to Waltermart.
12 - Mountain Dew Skate park; Mundaluyong - Now this place is very cool. Its 100 peso to use and you need to register - Its a good beginners level park.  There is also a site based skate shop selling decks, wheels and trucks!
Crossing EDSA between Dasmarinas and San Lorenzo.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Girls love skaters...

COG - Center of Gravity
Located at Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City .., this wake and skate shop is the city’s haven for skaters. Housing the best selection of brands such as ALIEN WORKSHOP, HABITAT SKATEBOARDS, HABITAT SKATE SHOES, NIKE SB, ADIDAS… - 
See more at:

"Thanks Levi for your purchase of the Koston Complete set at CoG Fort - Php.5,500"

Post by CoG - Center of Gravity.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Surfs up - In Manila??

Finding surf in Manila is a tough ask but we heard about this place and gave it a shot. Not too bad actually. Great fun for the kids and the surfing includes instructors who help out. 
... found some waves in Tay Tay.. 

Friday, 27 June 2014

Tour of Beauty 2 - Cycling Vietnam

Nha Trang to Hue
6th November 2014

The next stage on the tour will take in  Nha Trang and Jungle beach, Hoi An and Da Nang, the Hai Van Pass and Hue.
Expected duration is around 9 days including coffee and beach stops. As in Part I, Part II will be completely self sufficient with only a few spares, an iphone a credit card and a pocket full of Dong as insurance of sleeping in a warm bed each night and getting back to Saigon at the end of it all!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Travel Activities

Sport Pix from travelling in Singapore, snorkeling in Siquijor and Apo island and cliff jumping at the Cambugahay Falls, Philippines.
Strange & fascinating bike Street Art in Singapore

Levi taking a plunge at Siquijor Island

Saturday, 14 June 2014

..big summer of cricket continues with the Manila 6's tournament

Playing for Roos 1 - We didnt manage to win a game, but regardless played for 2 days in the consolation shield competitions. Conditions were very hot which lead the the next picture.  Anyway great fun and I finally got to take a wicket (3 in fact) including that of my good mate Andrew Perrin with a caught n bowled. Hah I have a first ball Bunny Andy!

...suffering heat stroke after day 2..

Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Manila Cup 2014

Finally line up for the Philippine Eagles in the Manila Cup of 2014. I didn't quite play as well as I hoped but got a good run in every game. We lost the final to the Hong Kong Dragons.
Great day and privilege to play for such a great club.

(I cant explain the stupid look on my face)
For tons of pics go to the clubs website - Eagles.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Streets of Manila

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Cricket with the Roos in Manila

Participated in my first cricket season of any sort with the Manila Roo's cricket club in 2014.
The club was founded by the late, great Steve FatCat Arthur and now run by Allan 'Hollywood' Sharman and supporting friends. 

The year highlight was playing in the 2104 ANZAC match against the kiwis along side Geoff Marsh! The Geoff Marsh!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

MTB Racing with TCA boys at Tayabas.

Racing with TCA at Tayabas.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Wake Boarding at Republiq

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Paint balling!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Biking around Manila

The Fort High Street

Race Day at Nuvali

Met an absolute Legend - Mt Robbie McEwen - Here in Manila November 2013

Riding with the Mad Dogs for Fat Cats Last Ride

Levi at the Heros Bike Trail ,Taugig

Church at Tayabas - Race day

The famous Bush Cafe at Nuvali

Monday, 3 February 2014

More Magnificent rides around Manila

This is my biggest single day ride I have attempted from Manila - Even longer and more climbing than around the bay. The final climb up Tagatay was tough but worth it as its incredibly beautiful at the top and the reward is a ride around the volcano rim. This is also stage 2 of the 'Ronda Pilipines 2014.
The main route is a circuit through Cavite > Naic > Mt Palay > the new Kaybiang Tunnel > up Tagatay (from the East) then home via Nuvali and Santa Rosa.  Check out the  Video u-tube through the tunnel!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Nuvali Trails

We visit the Nuvali estate regularly to ride the MTB trails.  Last week we discovered a new adventure camp being built (Camp N). This wek Levi rode his new, first mini mountain bike. Much faster than the old 16" bike. We clocked up nearly 20Kms.!  See Levi Here
Bikers Cafe

Hard to find - Bikers Drink Stop cafe

Shay on his new bike

Levi oon top of the hill

new adventure camp

Natural tunel

Shay at the end

Levi had to walk up some of the bigger hills!

Friday, 10 January 2014

Cycling Manila to General Santos City. (Planned Early 2015)

Before I Die or leave Philippines I plan to ride Manila to Gen. Santos. The route is over 1000km but incredibly  is achieved with only 2 ferry crossings!  
The main inspiration I have for doing it is this German dude I met on the road one day. Spotted his loaded up bike as I rode past a gas station..He was sitting there drinking a beer alone. I stopped, bought him another beer and we chatted about the route.  He was in his last 100kms after leaving Gen. Santos city 3 weeks earlier.\What a legend. 

Roll on Roll Off Map (RORO)
German cycling Legend

How to carry...everything.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Manila Cycling - Training rides around Manila-Batangas and Laguna

Here is the absolute 3 best cycling routes around Metro Manila:

1. This is easily the best ride out of Manila
'Round the Bay in a day' - Laguna De Bay!

2. Beautiful ride to the top of a volcano  - includes 30km climb

3. Heading south from the city is also very pleasant once you're out of the big smoke'

Monday, 30 December 2013

'Tour of Beauty 1' - Cycling Vietnam

 Saigon to Nha Trang, Via Da Lat. 
December 21 - 26, 2013

    Riders diary:
    141.1 km  / 7:27:20 / 3,139 m. 
    Thursday, December 26, 2013; Final day including 4 hours to lunch from Dalat to Ngoan Muc pass.  Once over the pass the rest of the journey is downhill. Only issue of the day was the regular road re-surfacing all the way down. Otherwise it's a riders paradise.
    Rest Day. Around Da Lat area...
    108.0 km / 8:32:30 / 3,102 m
    Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Expecting the worst made for this day to be very enjoyable. After the first relatively flat 60kms from Phan Rang, the climb begins and goes on and on for at least 30km. However its ride-able even with a load and there was some water and services along the way. Biggest issue of the day was again the poor road surface condition. Much of the climb was on gravel.
    163.0 km / 9:58:19 / 841 m 
    Monday, December 23, 2013. Expecting a relatively simple day I was surprised and challenged by the difficulty of this leg. Long remote section after Mui Ne then a tough push into a very strong head wind for the final 80kms to Phan Rang. This was a real killer and in future probably split the ride into two. 
    162.9 km / 8:06:46 / 551 m. 
    Sunday, December 22, 2013; The slightly easier, less complicated and more protected route is back to Ba Ria then north to Lagi. After that to coast road is a pleasant conclusion to a fairly long day into Phan Thiet.
    112.7 km / 13:42 / 152 m 
    Saturday, December 21, 2013. This is a surprising interesting ride leaving the big city, crossing at the Cat lai ferry and taking the main highway which is now complete with a wide shoulder and low traffic on weekends. 
  • Stats...Dist: 688km. Climb: 7,784m (total). This cycling journey began in Saigon (HCMC) and finished a week later in the central coastal city of Nha Trang...Passing through Vung Tau, Ba Ria, Phan Thiet, Mui Ne, the mountain city of Da Lat, and finally Nha Trang. The return trip is an overnight train from Nha Trang back to Saigon.I carried or bought everything I needed. No support vehicle. Just my own navigation, medical and tool kit and maybe a back up credit card.

"'Tour of beauty concentrates on week long sections of cycling routes in Vietnam to make accessibility easier for people with limited time and limited -but adequate stamina"
Tour of Beauty Facebook Page..

(TOB 1 - Profile) 

Related Links to sections of the ride:

Saigon Sporting Life: Cycling Vietnam - Mui Ne to Vung Tau...Not much change out of 10 hours in this one..