AROUND 1,000 mountain bikers looking for new trails to conquer are expected to take part in the inaugural Bike It Up Challenge at the Clark Freeport Zone when it kicks off on December 12.
The MTB race, supported by Land Rover, is the first sporting event to be held at Clark Green City which will break ground next year according to Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) president and CEO Arnel Casanova during the media launch at the Land Rover Showroom in Bonifacio Global City on Thursday morning.
The bike event is aimed at promoting Clark Green City, the newest development project of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority that will serve as the urban core of a 9,450-hectare metropolis and will boast of having dedicated bike lanes, wider sidewalks for pedestrians and runners and multiple parks/ open spaces to promote an active lifestyle.
Casanova said the Clark Green City will be the first city whose roads will be designed to have bike lanes to complement its open spaces.
“From the time we build the roads, incorporated na doon yung bike lanes and the sidewalks would be wider so people can walk and run.”
The bike event will highlight the features of the new city and encourage a healthy lifestyle for its residents. There will be parks connected by bike lanes around the city, the heart of which will be the biggest that will feature a small lake in a lay out inspired by New York’s Central Park.
Race organizer Mark Soriano of Kolor Up said there will be two categories: a 20-kilometer amateur course that is mostly on-road with some off-road portions and a professional 40K main event that is designed to be more challenging and will be unfamiliar yet welcome territory for members of the biking community looking for new routes to tackle. Due to the nature of the terrain, the race will be limited to mountain bikes.
“Participants will get a chance to see what Clark Green City is before it is developed. The area is rough and hilly that will end with a fast-paced track to the finish line. The race will start at Clark Freeport Zone, will include parts of Bamban, Tarlac and will end at the Clark Parade Grounds.
Registration fee is P900 for pro and P800 for amateur. Participants can register at any Chris Sports and R.O.X branches in Metro Manila, Pampanga and Baguio City.