THE much-awaited Globe Cordillera Challenge 5 biking event is all set to be held on May 10, promising participants a scenic but grueling 90-kilometer ride from Tublay to Kapangan in Benguet and back.
The most picturesque among the routes prepared for the challenge since its launch in 2010, this year’s trail also involves more technical climbs with a total ascent of 3,390 meters and total descent of 3,404 meters. Maximum slope going up and down is 30 percent grade with about 20-25 kms of dirt road going down continuously. Lowest elevation is 522 meters above sea level while the highest elevation is 1,780 meters.
“Bikers would be able to see some very nice rice terraces. Most people equate the rice terraces to Ifugao but we have it in Benguet as well. There’s also a shallow river where they can stop and take a dip," said JP Alipio, executive director of Cordillera Conservation Trust, partner-beneficiary of the event.
"But since it is the Cordillera Challenge, there’s an extra element. It will be a bit tricky. There are also more rough roads instead of highways. We want everyone to explore and experience the Cordillera province. It’s all about seeing what we have, and seeing why we have to protect all these areas,” he added.
As part of Globe Telecom’s journey to create a wonderful world, it is also the first time for Globe Business group to take the lead in the Cordillera Challenge 5.
“We believe that it is high time for our corporate clients to join us in our advocacy for environmental sustainability. We want to engage them in addressing their social and environmental impact. What better way to do it than by encouraging them to be part of the Globe Cordillera Challenge which has always enjoyed enormous success in creating environmental awareness among the public,” said Nikko Acosta, head of Globe Enterprise Group.
For the event proper, first turnaround point is 20 kms from the starting line composed of purely paved roads. There will be sweeper trucks assigned in specific areas to bring bikers back to the finish line. The bike ride will start at exactly 5 a.m. at the Tublay Municipal Hall and is expected to end there at 4 p.m.
Interested bikers can register at http://www.globe.i-volunteer.ph/register. It entails a donation of P1,000 to the Cordillera Conservation Trust. The amount shall be deposited directly to the ff:
• Account Name: Tignayan Para Iti Konserbasyon Ti Kordilyera
• Account Number: 5180031673
Upon deposit, a scanned copy of the deposit slip with the name of the participant shall be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. An email confirmation will be sent by Globe within 24 hours.
The Globe Cordillera Challenge is not a race but a timed event designed for recreational bikers to be able to measure their performance and at the same time explore the local environment. It also showcases the ecosystem and culture of the Cordillera region and raises awareness on the need to protect and rebuild the mountains' forest areas.
This route is expected to test the stamina and endurance of the bikers being the longest trail ever since the event was launched in 2010. For the first two years, participants only had to pedal for 40 kilometers while the 2012 trail was the shortest at 27 kilometers though the most difficult to navigate. Last year stretched the bikers' limit with 68 kilometers.