The Bike Playground gathered the growing mountain bike riding community in Metro Manila as it hosted the Manila leg of the #RIDEMTBDAY in Circulo Verde, a 10-hectare mixed use development of Ortigas & Company.
The Ride Mountain Bike Day or #RIDEMTBDAY is the annual gathering of mountain bike enthusiasts all over the world; celebrated by holding group rides, demos, and races on the same day. This year, the celebration is made bigger in the Philippines as riders across the country take part of the global movement simultaneously. Biking aficionados from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and Cagayan De Oro all joined in on the festivities.
Last July 20, hundreds of mountain bike lovers came together in Circulo Verde to join mountain biking activities such as The Outdoor Time Trial, where bikers try to ride the bike trail in the shortest time possible, and the Pump Track Challenge where two bikers go in an individually-timed run into a maze of rollers, each trying to cross the finish line without pedaling.
Children also participated in the festivities with The Strider Cup. Kids aged 2 to 7 joined the friendly competition where they showed off their striding skills inside a kids’ track, putting their mountain bike riding skills to the test.
Bagging top prize for the outdoor time trial activity is AK Angelo for the Women’s Open and Enzo Relloza for the Men’s Open. For the Pump Track Challenge, Mac Geronimo takes the lead for the Youth Category, EJ Sarabia for the 19-29 year-old category, Paul Andre Puertollano in the 30-39 category, and Gil Ofiana for the 40 years old and above category. Nammi Gardoce and Kimi Grande also bagged the top crown for the Women’s and Men’s Open, respectively.
Completing the Ride Mountain Bike Day festivities are mini events such as the helmet trade-in, bike repair and tune-up, fastest bike assembly challenge, and raffle draws.
Taking place all around the globe, #RIDEMTBDAY has been a platform of mountain bike aficionados to show their love and support for the sport. Since its inception in 2018, more than 40 countries such as the United States, South Africa, Mexico, Japan, and the United Kingdom have joined the event.
This year’s #RIDEMTBDAY saw The Bike Playground partnering with R.O.X. (Recreational Outdoor eXchange) for the event, and with brands such as Fox Racing Philippines, Osprey, Salomon, BMC, RD Cycles, Dan’s Bikeshop, Shimano, Black Mamba, Strider Philippines, and Celeste Cycles PH also participating.
Located in Circulo Verde, a 10-hectare mixed-use community in Quezon City, The Bike Playground promotes cycling as an activity that could be enjoyed by all. The facility features the country’s first asphalt pump track housed in a 36 x 21-meter warehouse, a 1-km outdoor bike trail, and a kids track that is sure to give cyclists of all ages the thrill of biking without leaving the comforts of the city.
The Bike Playground is one of the facilities of the CV Sports Hub, an integrated all-in-one sports facility which also boasts of the CV Pitch, a FIFA-sized football field, and the CV Quad, a multi-purpose indoor court featuring FIBA-based international quadrangle.