NEGROS MOUNTAIN BIKING (Part 1)
One of the few sports I love is mountain biking. Mountain biking is a sport which consists of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially adapted mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes, but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain.
Mountain biking can generally be broken down into multiple categories: cross country (XC), trail riding, all mountain, downhill, freeride, street riding, dirt jumping and trials. The vast majority of mountain biking especially here in Neros falls into the recreational XC, and Trail Riding categories.
This individual sport requires endurance, core strength and balance, bike handling skills, and self-reliance. XC type mountain biking generally requires a smaller range of skills but a higher level of fitness than other types of mountain biking.
Advanced riders pursue steep technical descents and, in the case of free riding, downhilling, and dirt jumping, aerial maneuvers off of specially constructed jumps and ramps.
Mountain biking can be performed almost anywhere from a back yard to a gravel road, but the majority of mountain bikers here in Negros ride a combination of road and off-road trails.
During weekdays for example,most riders would take a route from Bacolod to Brgy Granada road or off road, then proceed to Brgy. Alangilan where a very modest eatery selling matural and organic awaits the riders.one can eat his breakfast for an amount of 30 pesos only and a treat a friend or two with your 100 pesos.One can just buy “buko” for just 7 pesos and the juice would be drink all you can..Well some riders would just pass by Brgy. Alangilan and would proceed immediately to RC Yulo either road or off road trail and go back to Brgy. Alangilan for their breakfast.This route would only take around 2-3 hrs or even shorter depending one’s speed to and from Bacolod City including a short break. Well,if you leave Bacolod by 5am, you can still report for work by 8am.
On the way to Brgy. Alangilan, one can opt to turn left and proceed to Bgry. Concepcion, Talisay City.Brgy. Concepcion, Talisay City is known for its sweet native lanzones. Like in most places where the bikers would go, Brgy Concepcion also has small eateries which sells very cheap health foods like “laswa”, native coffee,puto and many more.
Another route one can take is the Bacolod-Murcia .Municipality of Murcia is 16.5 kilometers away from Bacolod City. With an elevation range of 400 ft. Quite similar to Brgy. Alangilan is the public market’s “kapehan” which caters to bikers. As soon as you arrive at the market you will immediately notice the bike racks which the store provides for the bikers.any biker can indulge in native coffee, “puto” and “ibus” or “suman” while recuperating from the hurdles of going up to the town.
Strong riders would opt to proceed to Mambukal Mountain Resort, which of course quite challenging to do especially for the newbies like me. Along the way, any rider would be awed by the scenic view of the place.Mambukal is 1,200 ft above sea level. The Mambukal Mountain Resort has many beautiful sites, both made by man and by Mother Nature. The Hot Springs with sulfuric soda water is one of them.
There are aspects of mountain biking that are more similar to trail running than regular bicycling. Because riders are often far from civilization, there is a strong ethic of self-reliance in the sport. Riders learn to repair their broken bikes or flat tires to avoid being stranded miles from help. Many riders will carry a backpack, including a water bladder, containing all the essential tools and equipment for trailside repairs, and many riders also carry emergency supplies in the case of injury miles from outside help. This reliance on survival skills accounts for the group dynamics of the sport. Club rides and other forms of group rides are common, especially on longer treks.