NAVAL – It’s more fun in Biliran province this summer as the province will host the national Enduro mountain bike competition on April 26.
Mountain bike racing and mountain bike trekking were the emerging sports hubby of Biliranons. It started a few years back but now a fad sporting event of mountain bike racing and mountain bike trekking enthusiasts in the province.
Naval Municipal Councilor Mario Lydinno Opena, who is also the over-all event coordinator of Mt. Panamao Team Biliran Mountain Bike Club, said the bike festival, one of the activities line-up for the province-hood anniversary celebration of Biliran province this year, is composed of four major events.
The major events are:
1) Bike Clinic and Exhibit on April 24 at the Naval State University (NSU) Grounds and Oval to be attended by Nilo Estayo, Philippine national rider of the Southeast Asian and Asian games, Joyce Del Socorro,also a PH national rider and Ronald Lumbao of Enduro Pilipinas;
2) Bike Criterium Race on April 25 at the NSU Oval at 9:00 in the morning with mountain bike racers from regions 7 and 8 participating the event aside from local mountain bike racers;
3) Sikad-Sikad race on April 25 at 7:00 in the morning at the NSU Oval where cash prices will be given to the winners. Participants are advised to wear helmet and shoes and to register at Naval Bike Supply near the Naval Central School; and
4) Enduro Mountain Bike Race at 7:00 in the morning at Sitio Biasong, Talahid, Almeria, Biliran.
Opena addded that the national bike event in Biliran province is the first part of the Great Visayan Trilogy which include the City of Catbalogan in Samar province and the town of Calubian in Leyte province.
He said the holding of the national bike event in Biliran province is one way of promoting the province as one of the country’s best mountain biking destination aside from promoting the province’s tourism industry.
The national bike event is also expected to generate more income for hotels, resorts and restaurants and will augment the income of people in transportation business, especially the habal-habal (single motorcycle for hire) drivers, bike porters and trail workers, he added. (PIA)