■ Ofelia C. Empian
The second sta-ging of the Hari ng Ahon is set on Nov. 26 in the scenic and winding roads of Benguet as part of the month-long Adivay Festival.
The event, which is on its second leg, is organized by All Out Multisport in partnership with the city government of Baguio and Benguet province.
Organizers said the event is set to take place as a thrilling five-leg bike race, covering various routes leading to the breathtaking city of Baguio from its neighboring towns.
“This is the reason why it is usually taunted as the killer lap in most national road bike races since biking towards the city would always mean several kilometers of unforgiving climbs,” organizers said.
The first leg of this exhilarating series will kick off 4 a.m. along the iconic Kennon Road, followed by equally exciting sta-ges along Ambuklao Road, Naguilian Road and Asin Road.
The climax of the competition awaits in the form of a challenging criterium and team time trial for the fourth and final stage.
Categories include public servant or exe-cutive open, male age group, 15 and below, 16 to 19 years old, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 and above, and the female open age.
Prizes await top winners in the various age groups as well as in the public servant/executive open, female top 10 mountain and road bike, and male top 10 mountain and road bike.
Categories will be merged in case it has less than 10 participants.
Participants are required to have mountain bikes and road bikes in good working condition.
For mountain bikes, the minimum tire width is 1.95 inches. A rider not wearing a helmet at any stage of the race will be removed from the course immediately and is deemed disqualified.
Participants are encouraged to perform periodic health evaluation and to undergo a pre-participation evaluation prior to engaging in competitive sport.
For more information and registration, visit the Facebook account “All Out Multisports” or visit Toyville Albergo to sign up in person.