Pedalling for the right balance

lifestyle October 10, 2017 09:00

By The Nation

With Chiang Mai is developing a strong biking culture, 137 Pillars House has teamed up with Ron Gerrits from Creating Balance to offer a bespoke road biking menu for its guests that includes a leisurely ride on flat terrain and full-on triathlon training plus everything in between.

Guests are required to supply their own bike, helmet and equipment and are recommended to have a travel insurance plan that covers cycling. 

Gerrits is a certified and registered international coach of the International Triathlon Union and the name of his company, Creating Balance, symbolises the vision and manner in which he coaches and trains his clients. He is an active triathlete and has more than 30 years’ experience coaching various disciplines including triathlon, rock and alpine climbing, spinning and self-defence.

The biking options can be customised to each guest’s requirements and fitness/training levels. Rides can be arranged on flat terrain, hills or a mixture of both and for various distances and durations – 50-70 kms (2-3 hours), 70-100 kms (3-5 hours) or 100-150 kms (4-6 hours). He meets the guests the day prior to discuss the ride/training programme and confirm all the arrangements. Guests and bikers are collected from the hotel in a support vehicle on the day of the ride that takes to them to the start of route and returns them to the hotel on completion of the ride. 

Gerrits can also offer regular fitness training, cycling skills and techniques or specific skills in accordance with each guests’ preference and holds workshops for triathlon training, including materials, mind setting and preparation techniques. The minimum age for the programme is 14 and the maximum number of participants in a group is six. 

The morning short ride and long ride cost Bt12,000 and Bt18,000 net per person respectively including support vehicle and refreshments. The workshops start from Bt6,000 per person.

Suites at 137 Pillars House start from Bt12,000 per night, including breakfast. For more information and reservations, call (053) 247 788 or visit