Your ultimate guide to Cebu's best kept trail biking secrets
How well do you know Cebu City? If thinking about the city gives you images of traffic jams on peak hours, flooded streets on rainy days and crowded sidewalks, then you definitely do not know the city at all.
Cebu City is a metropolitan, an important transit point for travelers to and from other parts of the country. But it also has 32 mountain barangays blessed with priceless natural beauty that is now being unmasked through bike tourism.
Bike tourism, popular in other countries, is now in Cebu through the Cebu Mountain Bike (MTB) Adventure which offers exciting trail biking adventure in the city's beautiful ridges.
Cebu MTB Adventure is owned by former motocross and mountainbike legend Gene Faelnar who now promotes the beauty of Cebu City’s mountain barangays through nonfuel-powered wheels.
If you think of it as an extreme sport only for professionals, trail biking is ac- by Dafne Wenceslao tually for recreation and a nature trip open for all age groups and all skill levels.
There are four levels in the trail ride depending on the skill and expertise of the bikers. Faelnar said that most of his clients are call center agents and foreigners.
Two support trucks carry the bikers uphill where the trail starts. While trailing, bikers can stop, take photos, and marvel at the unspoiled beauty of the secluded paradise.
Aside from giving you an intimate nature experience, trail riding also gives you a different kind of adrenaline rush especially when you start your blinding downhill ride. If some trails look impossible to navigate, you can always dismount and walk. You can even stop to rest if you feel like exhaustion has gotten the better part of you. Just chill and relax, no pressure.
At noon, a boodle fight is waiting famished and weary riders in a hut surrounded by trees. The bikers then feast on roasted native chicken, grilled pork belly, and monggo soup. After lunch, bikers can take a nap on bamboo beds or lantay. The cool mountain breeze immediately lulls bikers to sleep long enough to recharge tired bodies. Then get ready for the next trail.
The trail ride culminates in a hidden waterfall in Barangay Bonbon where bikers cool down through a dip in the chilly waters surrounded by moss-covered boulders.
Trail riding is both a challenging and fulfilling experience. For every trail you finish, you can ask the guides to point where you started. And after realizing what you have achieved, you smile and savor the moment.
Realizing that you can do it, makes you crave for the tougher trail rides ahead. And you hear yourself whisper “just bring it on.”