Bagunas takes challenge of cycling from Malabon to Batangas
Mark Escarlote on Jul 07, 2020 09:33 AM
(Photo courtesy of Bryan Bagunas' Instagram account: bryanbagunas01)
National men’s volleyball team star Bryan Bagunas has recently found interest in cycling.
As a matter of fact, the import of Oita Miyoshi Weiss Adler in the Japan V. Premier League inserted biking in his workout routine while volleyball activities remain prohibited because of the health crisis.
“Natutuwa nga ako, mukhang mag-e-enjoy ako sa cycling,” Bagunas told ABS-CBN Sports.
Just this weekend, Bagunas together with some current and former members of the national team had a get-together bike ride that kicked off in Las Pinas heading south.
The reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player even set up a goal of pedaling from where he is staying in Malabon to his hometown in Balayan, Batangas.
“May plano ako pa-Batangas,” said the 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist. “Kinukumpleto ko pa lang ‘yung gamit ko, susubukan ko. Mga 120 kilometers din ‘yun kaya nagpapa-kondisyon din ako eh.”
Bagunas plans to ride on Sunday.
The two-time UAAP champion from National University estimated that it will take him around seven to eight hours to complete his journey.
“Tagaytay pa daan ko. Siguro naman kaya ko,” Bagunas continued. “Pero siyempre may tigil din ako dun baka every 30 or 40 kilometers.”
Fortunately for Bagunas he has the support of his Spikers’ Turf club team Go for Gold in his newfound love for the endurance-testing sport.
Before venturing into men’s volleyball, Go for Gold has been sponsoring cycling events and has recently put up its own cycling club.
“Kaya rin ako nagi-enjoy sa cycling kasi gawa rin nila,” said Bagunas. “Sinusuportahan din nila ako. Binibigyan din nila ako ng equipment like mga pang-tools saka ‘yung helmet, then mga cycling jersey. Binibigyan nila ako, sinusuportahan nila ako.”
As part of his preparation, Bagunas cycles from Malabon to Pasay City via C3 every morning.
“Ang ruta namin Abad Santos tapos lalabas kami ng Jones Bridge tapos lalabas kami ng Ocean Park, tapos ikot na ng Okada,” he said.
Bagunas said that he’s actually thinking of taking up the sport of cycling in competitive level.
“Nag-e-enjoy na rin kasi ako. Parang gusto ko na ngang dumiretso,” he said.
“Pero subok lang muna, parang libangan ba aside from volleyball. Para di umiikot lang sa volleyball. Siyempre kailangan ko lang din mag-explore para libangan lang,” Bagunas added.
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