Your ul­ti­mate guide to Cebu's best kept trail bik­ing se­crets

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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.”

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