AYALA Land formally launched the Vermosa Bike Skills Park inside its 700-hectare master-planned, mix-use estate development in Cavite last May 28, along with rolling out the Bike Night Carnival, the first of its activities slated for the year to help promote cycling as a tool for more Filipinos to have an active lifestyle.
The Bike Night Carnival took place in the country’s only premier, purpose-built mountain bike skills park inside the Vermosa, located along Daang Hari road—one of South Luzon’s hottest cycling spots. The unique spectacle featured the unique night events for cycling such as 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. Professional cyclist, track builder, and Fox athlete Parabanne “Bans” Mendoza was also there as he 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 Mendoza.
The Bike Night Carnival started with the Toddy Kid’s Bike Race where participants eagerly tested the trail while showcasing their skills. 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.
As dusk fell, the first XDS Night Cross-Country Short Circuit Race got underway with contenders out-pedaling each other in the Men’s Age Group, Men’s Elite, and Women’s Friendship Race divisions. Mellisa Jaroda of Team GroundZero topped the women’s race while Alvin Benosa and Julius Ahleem Zape —both from BMC Philippines MTB Racing Team—bagged first place in the Men’s Elite and Men’s Age Group, respectively.
Team GroundZero’s Niño Martin Eday ruled the Lapierre Night Pump Track Challenge elite division and won an all-expenses-paid trip to Singapore to represent the country in the Red Bull Dark Knights night-time urban downhill biking competition.