TAGBILARAN CITY, January 27 (PIA)--Bohol brand "It's all in Bohol," gets a new high, literally, this February as the gorgeous rolling hills of Alicia Panoramic Park become the playground for mountain bike (MTB) enthusiasts in what local tourism players bill as Kinatkatay sa Binabaje, 2nd Alicia MTB Festival.
Set February 12, the hill would literally be alive, with local and outside Bohol bikers testing their pedal-pumping endurance on Bohol's still uncontested most grueling uphill and downhill race through the rolling hills of Cambaol, Alicia.
Already asserting a new claim as MTB sports tourism site by offering its skill-level obstacles to enthusiasts, Bohol has recently seen mountain-biking as a pumping trail to world attention when it hosted the Asian Enduro Series (AES) in the mountain barangays of Calape.
Current trails set up for extreme challenge cross country, all terrain, enduro, free ride or downhill bikes courses are set in several site over the province but the uphill and downhill trails of Binabaje in Alicia pose as a rather masculine test of fire for the already engaged MTB, thus the selection of the venue, according to Godelia Lumugdang, Alicia tourism and information officer.
The race can be so punishing the organizers have put up a liability waiver and race agreement that avers one's full understanding that the race is hazardous and that being physically and mentally fit as well as being adequately trained is a must.
While it is just set in a 15 kilometer course with ascents up the Binabaje hills in Cambaol, bikers are in for long gradual climbs in grazing trails but the premium would be the spectacular view on top, one the race biker may not have all the time to savor the Alicia Panoramic Park.
While there might be few technical sections, organizers want to play it safe by saying, "it is extreme mountain biking."
Opened for elite open category, 45 and above age group, all Bohol and beginners categories, the race also make sure participants are not somebody else that birth certificates and government issued IDs are must when submitting the entry forms.
Registration is set at P300.00 which includes a tshirt, deadline for submission of the registration form is on Feb. 8, 2017, organizers on Alicia Unfolds facebook page states.
It said they may accept registrants on race day but do not assure t-shirts as they would be on first come first served basis, unlike those who preregister who are assured tshirts on race day.
For those registering early, participants may send the P 300.00 registration to Ms. Anecita Bergantin through Palawan Pawnshop.
While there is no food included in the registration, organizers said food stalls are set up in the area.
Participants needing accommodations would have to inform organizers in advance, where they can provide school classrooms, home stay and camp sites if participants have own tents.
Participants who are not from Bohol will automatically be under open elite category and a team of local bikers would determine the participants by familiarity in Bohol MTB circuits.
Now on its second year, the Alicia Mountain Bike Festival gets the support of the Bohol Provincial Tourism Council and the Bohol Tourism Office as it is officially the MTB competition that aligns with Bohol's tourism product development plans.
Set to prove that Bohol is beyond the Chocolate Hills, Panglao beaches, Loboc Rivercruise, stone churches and community immersions, Alicia would use mountainbiking as a way to showcase our natural heritage, the mountains in the hope of generating awareness on environment protection, Mayor Marnilou Ayuban said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)