Friday, June 17, 2016

Vermosa Bike Night Carnival, A Trail To Enjoy

Remember your younger years when you were still training and starting to learn how to bike, bruises and scratches on knees and elbows because you want to go solo. No training wheels attached just the good old two wheels and pedals. These what goes on to my head while cruising the trail made for the Vermosa Bike Night Carnival.  Using the Php200,000+ assembled bike from Bike Town Cyclery I was able to at least feel the experience riding the bike along the trail. Just like what they say, it was a stoke. This is my first time to try this kind of trail though I didn’t get much into action but by just feeling the breeze of the wind, the smell of the dirt, and the excitement really heightens the experience.

Here in the Philippines the lifestyle for pedals is already starting to grow and some have already build a community and in order to strengthen that aim of health-conscious Filipinos, Vermosa which is an Ayala Land's 700-hectare master-planned, mix-use estate development in Cavite, formally launched the Vermosa Bike Skills Park last May 28, along with the rollingout of Bike Night Carnival. This is just the first of the activities slated for this year. So there will be more bike events for bikers.

The Bike Night Carnival took place in the country’s only premier, purpose-built mountain bike skills park inside the Vermosa which is located along Daang Hari road—one of South Luzon’s hottest cycling spots. The unique spectacle featured the first-ever night events for cycling—the night cross-country mountain bike race and the pump track challenge.

The Carnival gathered cycling and biking enthusiasts from Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and as far as Visayas and Mindanao. Also in attendance was professional cyclist, track builder, and Fox Athlete, Parabanne “Bans” Mendoza—who operated the skills tracks and shared his knowledge of the sport to the participants.

“I hope to encourage people towards an active lifestyle through biking. I have taken what I learned from training and competing abroad to design the Vermosa Bike Skills Park so more Filipinos can hone their skills and become world-class riders as well,” said Bans.

The Bike Night Carnival started with the Toddy Kid’s Bike Race where participants eagerly tested the trail while showcasing their skills. This event in Vermosa also brought in world-class professional riders Sam Flanagan and Ali Parkin of TRIPPIN’ FELLAZ (Hope Technology Riders) and renowned Fox Athlete Josh Lewis to share their signature moves and tricks with local riders in a one-of-a-kind bike clinic. Of which I get to learn few things from these pro bikers and were also encouraged to get back into biking.

As dusk fell, the first XDS Night Cross-Country Short Circuit Race went underway with contenders out-pedaling each other in the Fat Bike, Men’s Masters, and Men’s Elite divisions. This was followed by the adrenaline-filled Lapierre Night Pump Track Challenge.

Exciting prizes were awarded to the Night Pump Track Challenge winners: one (1) Lapierre bike for the Novice category top finisher, one (1) GT bike for the Beginner category first-placer, and Chaoyang Tires t-shirts and Red Bull products for the rest of the winners.

Red Bull will also send the Elite Pump Track Challenge top winner to the Red Bull Dark Knights night time, urban downhill biking competition in Singapore, inclusive of airfare, hotel accommodation, and transportation.

The Bike Night Carnival was sponsored by Ayala Land Premier, The Courtyards, Fox, Cycles Lapierre, GT Bikes, Chaoyang Tires, Red Bull, Cherry Mobile, Cemmencal, KTM, Green Planet, Joe’s Brew, Dan’s Bike Shop, Gran Trail, Bike Town Cyclery, and DVO.

“We will work together with Vermosa to provide the best quality biking and cycling activities and competitions,” said Mendoza. Among the activities to watch out for are exciting biking clinics from June to December.

With its bike skills park and other amenities, discover and push the pedals towards living the healthier and active lifestyle that you’ve always wanted in Vermosa, Ayala Land’s newest master-planned estate and the premier destination for “new age” sports. To stay updated on further events and more cycling activities and biking clinics, visit Vermosa Estate’s official Facebook page @Vermosaph or log on to
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