FROM Friday to Sunday, Bonifacio Global City will be a haven for almost 2.000 riders who are expected to pedal as fast and as hard as they can as part of the 2015 edition of BGC CycleAsia Philippines.
The annual event is a collaboration of Sunrise Events Inc., Cycle Asia and Bonifacio Global City and offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on closed public roads in major Asian cities that in the past three years include Metro Manila.
“The whole concept of Cycle Asia BGC is to promote an active lifestyle and encourage people to get on bicycles… and giving people the opportunity to go out and do this. Once they discover the joy of riding it becomes a habit and a lifestyle and that’s what we’re trying to promote,” said Fred Uytengsu, CEO of Sunrise Events Inc. during a media conference at the Ascott BGC Manila.
“Get on your bicycle. Once you do it, you’ll be sorry you didn’t do it soon,” he added.
Spectrum Worldwide CEO Chris Robb observed that Filipino riders are “very passionate” and is confident that all the operational and safety aspects will be observed during the weekend on the closed roads of the BGC.
The event will cater to cyclists of all ages and abilities. The Junior Challenge, Tricycle Ride and the Kid’s Ride on Saturday will cater to children that is also meant as a bonding activity for the family.
The main event on Sunda is devoted to adult riders and will start with the Ride with Robbie, a category that will allow local cyclists the chance to ride with three-time Tour de France green jersey winner Robbie McEwen. The 40km Challenge Ride will be followed by a 20-kilometer Community Ride. There is also a Foldies Community Ride dedicated for folding bikes.
Apart from the rides, participants will also be entertained with a wide range of fun, family activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott hotel.
“I like attending these events because I see the joy that cycling brings to people,” said the 43-year old Australian who is Cycle Asia’s official ambassador.
Manuel Blas II, head of commercial operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., said the annual event has shown them that cycling in the country “is here to stay” and has evolved from being a hobby to an alternative form of transportation.
The insight has pushed them to implement more bike racks and has inspired them to experiment with bike-sharing program in the near future, he added.