In the early heydays of local mountain biking, and in support to the known fact that the Cordilleras is the best mountain biking destination in the country- we have this Baguio-Sagada race held annually (when Halsema was still rough roads) until it eventually died down. Nowadays, a newer and better race took over to further explore the Cordilleras- the Globe Cordillera Challenge. The Globe Cordillera Challenge, now in its sixth edition not only promotes the location by having new routes each year- but has a noble outreach program that benefits from the race- the Cordillera Conservation Trust. There is the Epic (50+kms) and a Mini-Epic (28+km) route. I and Jon Lloyd who flew all the way from Australia joined the Epic while Jerry Escosio and Paul Paz joined the mini Epic challenge.
Overall, it was an awesome ride- exhilarating downhills and equally back breaking climbs. Though I miserably finished 105/167 at 7 hrs; having no real climb training from the past couple of months and the drinking the night before (excuses, excuses) forcing me to walk a lot of section (something I don’t usually do so it was a bit humiliating), it was all still worth it and all the more gave me resolve to try again next year- this time with proper preparation.
The Globe Cordillera Challenge is one of the best mountain biking event in the Philippines to date so this is a highly recommended activity for off road bike enthusiast out there.
Video Taken by Jon: