#lifegoals : TDS and the Race Across America
by Admin | May 17, 2017
We all grew up as dreamers.
We wanted to be superstars, kings, scientists, athletes and world explorers.
Somewhere along the way, we had to make choices – practical choices, safe
choices. Choices that made us forget what we dreamed to be. But in the course
of adult lives, we’ve been challenged to search for our passions. Entrepreneur suggests that
in order to find our passions, we must revisit our childhood, make a creativity
board, make a list of people who are where we want to be, just do what we love
and take a break from business thinking. For many, that’s quite a lot to
handle. Thinking of what we love to do, finding the time to pursue them and
looking for the right people to look up to don’t come easily.
Luckily, we found the right
people to give you #lifegoals inspiration. Team David’s Salon
(TDS) is the first mixed relay team from South East Asia to compete in the Race Across America on June 17,
2017. If you’ve been struggling to find a balance between your career, family
and passion then you should look up to these guys.
Across America is the toughest race of its kind and has been running for
over 35 years. RAAM is not like
the European Grand Tours because once the clock starts it does not stop until
the finish line. It is a true test of endurance. RAAM is 3,000 miles, that’s
30% longer than Tour de France. To top that, racers must complete the race at a
maximum of 9 days (the fastest ever finished in about 5 days). This year, it
will start from Oceanside, California
and ending in Annapolis, Maryland. TDS will cycle across 12 states,
climb over 170,000 vertical feet, 4 rivers (Colorado,
and Ohio) and
3 major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian).
The team is made up of 2
women and 2 men all with the passion for fitness, cycling and travel. And if
you’re not convinced that they should be your peg for #lifegoals, get to know
Carmela is a 35-year old
mother, has built a career in finance and truly has the passion for cycling and
promoting women’s active lifestyle. She is an Industrial engineering graduate
with 7.5 years in Hewlett-Packard and is currently Head of Treasury and Head of
Corporate Banking for a boutique financial institution. She is the Founder and
Organizer of Audax Randonneurs Philippines,
a finisher of first Philippine Hells 500 Everesting Challenge, completed 25
Audax rides in the Philippines,
Malaysia, Singapore and France
and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
(Africa), Mt. Kosciuszko
(Australia) and Mt. Kinabalu
She has also completed and led the 2011 and 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris Philippine
contingent and is the record holder as the fastest Filipina! From 2008 to 2012
she finished at the podium in cycling, duathlons and triathlons in the Philippines, Singapore,
Indonesia and Thailand.
Recently, she finished Grand Fondo Mallorca 312.
is a 27-year old French-Filipina and is the Managing Director of French Chamber
of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines.
She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Canada
and Master of Science in Corporate Social Responsibility from UK. Where does
cycling come in? Cycling started very early for her, it is a family tradition
and a lifestyle so much so that being a champion comes naturally to her. She is
a 4-time French National Junior MTB Champion, French National Junior Road
Cycling Champion, French National MTB High School Champion and Regional Junior
Champion in MTB, Road Cycling, Time Trial, Cyclocross. She was also part of the
Top 5 Swiss Junior MTB Power Cup, Regional
Center in Colmar, France
and finisher of first Philippine Hells 500 Everesting Challenge. (Wait, we’re
not yet done.) She completed 7 Audax rides and had several podium finishes in
MTB, cycling, triathlon, duathlon and run events in France,
Switzerland and the Philippines. In
case all these has got you inspired to take cycling seriously, Vany is also a
certified mountain bike instructor.
Colin is a 46-year old father,
husband of Carmela, a British national and has lived in Asia
for 17 years. He started his career at Credit Suisse in London
and is currently with Deutsche Bank in the Philippines as Country IT Manager
for Global Markets. No big deal, right? Competing in cycling began as early as
1985 where he finished 3rd in BWCC Road Race. Some of his notable
achievements include finishing eight 5-day cycling Tours, Tour EGAT, Tour of Thailand, Andermans
Tour with multiple podium finishes as well as the 5th Singapore Nationals Road
Racing series. He was also a finisher in Paris-Brest-Paris
in 2011, Vuelta Dagupan and Tour of Matabungkay in 2012, Super Randonneur Philippines
in 2014 and 2015, and finally Gran Fondo Marmotte in France last year. All
these achievements are not surprising considering he started cycling at 11
Guillaume is a 58-year old
Frenchman and a father to 3 daughters. He has been living in the Philippines
for the past 33 years and is the Managing Director of GDA Power Resources Inc.
Guillaume is a genuine athlete who has been competing not just in cycling but
also in football, rowing, rugby, karting and swimming. For him, sports is the
best school of life teaching the values of discipline, determination,
perseverance and respect for others. His view of sports definitely pays off. He
was a finisher at 1980 Paris-Dakar, 1996 Philippine National Karting
Championships and Paris-Brest-Paris in 2015. He also has many firsts: first
open water swimmer in the Philippines
to cross from Mindoro Island to Verde
Island (7km) and from Mindoro Island
to Luzon Island (17km) and first Philippine
finisher of Hells 500 Everesting Challenge. Finally, he is the record holder of
the 4-hour solo non-stop go-kart race 2010 in the Philippines.
While you are floored with
their achievements, there is definitely one question burning in your mind: How
do they do it? We can barely find the energy to give 100% at work and at home,
what more to our passion (to our passion in sports at that!). The answer is
dedication to our family, career, passion and the things that can help us give
100% to them and more. For TDS that includes watching and improving their
fitness, practicing, training and definitely, hard work.
TDS has partnered with Malayan
Insurance in their road to RAAM 2017 and in their races throughout this year through
Travel Master. Travel Master offers personal accident coverage, emergency
medical treatments, recovery of travel expenses, travel assistance and much
more. We, at Malayan Insurance, want to make sure that TDS and all others
flying from the Philippines to other destinations travel worry-free so get travel insurance
today. Check out more #lifegoals travels from TDS by searching for these
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David’s Salon will be competing in the Race Across America on June 17, 2017. Follow TDS on Facebook
for the latest news about the team and read write-ups about them by Tribune,
US and Business World.
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