December 2, 2023

Biking enthusiasts will see action on Nov. 13 for the 4th Ambuklao Mountain Bike Challenge in Itogon, Benguet.

Event organizer Team Kalasag reported the event will feature nine categories, namely 12 years old and below, 13 to 17, 18 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 years old and above, female MTB open, and the road bike open.

Participants will start from the Baloy Bridge going through the scenic Ambuklao Road towards the finish at the view deck with the route spanning 11.92 kilometers.

Registration fee is P650 inclusive of snacks, T-shirt, and RFID chip.

Interested participants may register in Baguio City at Toyville, Centermall; Saleng Bike Care Services; Ryley’s Bike and Barbershop, Shagem St.; Explore Bike Shop, Legarda Road; and Shavanel, Km. 3 and Play Outdoors, Km. 5 in La Trinidad; and Arteo’s Coffee Shop, Ambuklao Road.

The race will start at 8 a.m. It will be a mass start per category with a five-minute interval. All riders are required to be at the starting line before 8 a.m. for the installation of RFID chips and BIB numbers. 

Participants are required to have 1.95 and above tire specs or 26er, 27.5er, and 29er.

For more details, contact Sammy – 0929-862-5091; Janry – 0910-317-9191; or Ferdz – 0927-549-3299.

Aside from medals for the top 10 finishers in each category, prizes await the top three finishers with the champion to receive P1,500; second placer– P1,200; and third placer – P800.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the St. Caroline Episcopal Church in Padangaan, Besao, Mountain Province.

Previous MTB events benefited public schools in Itogon, Tublay, in Benguet and Besao, Mountain Province as well as the mental health program of the Department of Education-Benguet division called Salaknib tan Namnama.

The program was conceptualized by DepEd-Cordillera to raise hope and restore self-worth among learners in the region who previously had troubling experiences. – Ofelia C. Empian