Bike tour, kiddie run race to promote Guimaras tourism

Around 200 bikers across the country will converge in Guimaras Island for the Tour de Guimaras and Kiddie Fun Race today, May 11, 2019. 

Organized by John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) in partnership with the local government of Guimaras, the various bike events will happen at the Woodland Bike Park in Ravina Sur, Sibunag, Guimaras and Provincial Capitol Canopy. 

The Kiddie Fun Race is expected to give electric vibe and fun to all adventure seeking kids. This will be the fifth fun race designed for children aged 14 years old and below.

The race is also a chance for families to get together and have an amazing bike experience at Woodland Bike Park.

Tour de Guimaras will also kick off early morning today, May 10, 2019, and will allow participants to explore the sceneries and tourist spots of the island province. All cyclists will start pedalling from Jordan Municipal Hall to the towns of San Lorenzo, Buenavista, Sibunag, and Nueva Valencia.

R6 Race Leg 2, an extreme bike race for veteran cyclists, will also commence at the Woodland Bike Park. 

The Manggahan Trail Ride is also expected to attract 300 bikers from different parts of the country on May 12.

Another competitive biking competition is the 4X/BMX, a mountain-cross game which is a new style of mountain bike racing where four bikers race downhill on a prepared BMX-like track.

These bikes are generally either full suspension with 3 to 4 inches of travel or hardtails and relatively, have strong frames.

The Asian Enduro Series will feature Asian bikers who will try to eke out each other at the Ravina, Sibunag on May 18-19.

The 1st Mango Eco Trail Run 2019 will be joined by 130 bikers from Cebu, Roxas, Aklan, Guimaras, Iloilo, Manila, Antipolo, Antique, Bacolod, and some foreign bikers.

According to Russell Liñgat, race director, the event aims to promote the eco tourism of Guimaras and for the participants to discover the beautiful trails of the island. 

“This is one of the side events of the 2019 Manggahan Festival and we want everyone to enjoy while riding their bikes. It’s a race competition and we will give cash prizes to all the winners. We are happy to stage the first ever event that will feature 12km and 21km distances,” he added. 

As part of the route, bikers will experience off-road trails, forest trails, and river crossing. “Aside from giving them an extreme bike race, we are also promoting the community and its eco tourism. We are excited to see our participants, especially those from Manila and foreign bikers to witness and experience this unique race,” Liñgat said.