November 26, 2022

The first leg of a four-part “Hari ng Ahon” bike challenge series is expected to gather 200 riders on the event’s launch on Sept. 25.

The opening event will be at Kennon Road while the succeeding stages are slated along Ambuc-lao Road in December, Quirino Highway in February, and Asin Road in March.

The site of the finale criterium is yet to be announced.

Hari ng Ahon race director Stephen Felices said the Joint Interagency Task Force of Kennon Road has approved temporary closure of Kennon Road from 5 to 10 a.m.

“This is to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for the participants,” Felices said.

Cash prizes await the champion in each category. The top three male and female category winners will receive trophies, while top four to 10 in the male and female categories will receive a medal during the event organized by Toyville.

Recently, Team Malaya also organized the R.O.X. Bikeout 2022 gathering 200 riders on Sept. 11 with a race route loop around Baguio City.

Felices said the event was the biggest and longest bike route event by R.O.X. Rideout this year, which ended at the Philippine Military Academy.

It is the first time that PMA has opened its doors to guests since the Covid-19 pandemic started, signaling the academy’s accommodation of bikers and sports enthusiasts. 

Also, the recently staged Baguio City foundation half marathon drew 400 runners, including Mayor Benjamin Magalong.

The running and biking events organized by Team Malaya are part of the 113th Baguio Day ce-lebration.

The events help promote the advocacy of lessening carbon emission in the city by riding a bike and promoting an active lifestyle to combat diseases. – Ofelia C. Empian