Mo Tautuaa now has mad respect for cyclists after trying infamous Rizal stretch

Jul 17, 2020
PHOTO: (Left) Jerome Ascano, (Right) Moala Tautuaa/Instagram

WITH the season postponed, PBA players have been finding off-court, socially distanced activities to stay physically active.

San Miguel big man Moala Tautuaa chose to rekindle his love for cycling, trying out a few trails and climbs this lockdown.

Just this week, he attacked the infamous Timberland Heights — cycling from his home to get to the top of the San Mateo, Rizal bike route.

Clearly, he did not expect it to be that difficult, but he’s glad he’s done it.

“After riding 1,169km uphill to the top of Timberland I can safely tell you....That I’ll never do this again and my bike is for sale!” he jokingly posted on his Instagram account with a photo of himself carrying his gear.

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The 6-foot-8 Filipino-Tongan explained that because of the lockdown, he reconnected with an old childhood love.

“I’ve been an avid cyclist when I was a kid. Biking has been a great experience. I’m trying out new stuff but keeping safe,” he told SPIN Life.

Now saddle sore and initiated in the bike route that's broken so many bikers over the years, he’s quick to appreciate the skill of professional cyclists.

Still, Tautuaa testifies that the beautiful view of nature after the climb was worth every torrent of sweat.

“Watching professionals has been inspiring me to get back out that bike. Enjoying God’s green earth while flying down the side of a mountain has always been something I’m into,” he said.

Tautuaa also explained that he’s taking his hobby a little seriously, setting goals for himself in the future.

He added: “I want to be able to do a wheelie for a long time, and also, I might want to pick up unicycling. That’s where the real talent gets shown off!”

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PHOTO: (Left) Jerome Ascano, (Right) Moala Tautuaa/Instagram
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