THE Manggahan-Woodland Bike Festival is raring to host three major biking events in Guimaras starting this week.
Guimaras is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its conversion into a full-fledged province through the Manggahan Festival, which is a celebration of sights and sounds of the island.
The “Manggahan-Woodland Bike Festival” is an accredited event of the annual Manggahan Festival and the Guimaras Bike Paradise of The Philippines project.
Following the successful staging of the 110-kilometer Tour De Guimaras last May 14, the group is also mounting the Philippine MTB Enduro National Championship on May 19-20, Kids Fun Race on May 20, and Manggahan Fun Trail Ride, Four Cross, BMX and Cross Country on May 21.
More than 1,000 cyclists joined Tour De Guimaras which is an extensive race traversing the entire island province.
The race, which was patterned after the Tour de France, has a specific route that encompasses the entire island.
The 110-km action-packed circuit has become an iconic event of the Manggahan Festival since its first ride in the 1990s.
The race is organized by Union Cycliste International (UCI)-accredited commissioners and monitored by the national federation.
The Enduro race, which is sanctioned by the UCI Philcyling Federation (the only internationally-accredited cycling commission), will hold its final leg/national championship in the province.
“These races are prime selection avenues for international bike competitions as well as popular crowd drawers. Aside from the bike festival, the Province’s Manggahan Festival draws yearly an average of 50 thousand tourists exploring the island,” said Ronald Sebastian of Woodland Bike Festival.
The Manggahan Woodland Bike Fest advocates the national thrust of Health, Safety and Environmental Protection and aims at promoting the island as a biker’s paradise.