Friday, May 20, 2011

Mountain Biking in Marinduque


Mountain biking as a relatively new sport has attracted many local followers in Marinduque. The sight of groups of men riding bicycles over the the island’s interior terrains has become a familiar sight any time of the year.

Cross-country cycling is one category in mountain biking that has drawn many participants who engage in this sport as a form of recreation but take it more seriously whenever there are competitions. Team Marinduque, composed of biking enthusiasts is at the forefront of promoting this sport, especially to local bikers.

Team Marinduque certainly looks forward to the day when local talents will have the opportunity to compete in national cycling competitions also. Competing in cross-country cycling does require a high level of fitness and a range of skills such as pursuing steep technical drops and aerial maneuvers over jumps or humps constructed for the purpose. A popular place where a rough terrain and rocky bends exist is an abandoned minesite in Brgy. Cayapang, Mogpog, Marinduque.


Few local inhabitants have seen this secluded place where lies an artificial lake dug out up to some 45 meters below. Throughout this island-province, Team Marinduque has charted at least fifteen trails suitable for recreational mountain biking. Some of these trails wind through river banks, forests and uphill climbs that are certain to test a biker’s strength, endurance, skills and self-reliance on survival skills, specially when met with episodes of flat tires or broken bikes.

Just some of these trails provided by Team Marinduque are shown below:



Trail from Boac to Canat and back going through dirt roads, paved roads, sloped dirt roads and rivers.















Marlanga-Matuyatuya Trail.

















Boac Poblacion through Tumagabok.









Landy to Puting Buhangin


















Mogpog-Mampaitan-Boac















Boac-Puting Buhangin-Mogpog


















Buenavista Poblacion - Tigwi - Tungib-Lipata - back to Poblacion.

Susong Dalaga Hill

Susong Dalaga Hill
Susong Dalaga Hill from Bagtasan isthmus

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