Three award-winning Filipino bikers – two senior citizens and their bike leader – are gearing up for the ride of a lifetime: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao on two wheels in just 50 days.
The trio, supported by Mars Kingdom and Phil-Bike Convention, Inc, hope that local and foreign biking enthusiasts alike see the Philippines’ incredible potential in becoming one of the world’s top biking destinations and the positive lifestyle changes the sport can inspire.
“There are many places in the Philippines where you can venture into – places that were supposed to be out of reach. The challenges, the weather conditions, and obstacles – (these) make the rider enjoy the nature of (cycling). Places like the Maarat Trail, the Cordillera region, Mt. Makiling, and the Sierra Madre Mountains are some of the great places for tourists to take their biking to the next level,” says a Mars Kingdom representative.
Led by Oliver Nebres, who has been moto commissaire of Ronda Pilipinas – an annual bicycle race that spans various terrains across Luzon and Visayas, and recognizes the country’s fastest riders – since 2011, Philippine Army veteran Sergio Dueñas, Jr. (aged 61) and Philippine Navy retiree Roberto Querimit (aged 65) are set to cover 5,000 kilometers on what promises to be an epic cross-country ride.
Nebres and Dueñas share similar sentiments on the benefits that years spent cruising on two wheels have brought them. It’s a good form exercise, one that has improved their strength, increased their stamina, and elevated their cardio-vascular fitness. Biking has also kept them away from vices, such as drinking, smoking, and gambling.
Of equal importance were its psychological rewards. “On a bike, it’s easier to get to where you want to go. You get good exercise while enjoying yourself and the scenery, too,” adds Nebres.
Their national tour, once completed, will coincide with the public day opening of this year’s PhilBike Expo on Oct. 3, 2015. It is the country’s premiere trade and consumer show dedicated to the promotion and development of cycling and related industries.
Follow the team’s journey across the archipelago: Like ‘MK Bike Tour PH’ or ‘PhilBike Expo’ on Facebook or Twitter and @philbikeexpo1 on Instagram.
About PhilBike Expo
Launched last 2014, the PhilBike Expo is the country’s premiere trade and consumer show that consolidates all categories and communities into one fun and dynamic event. Its inaugural 2-day show pulled in more than 10,000 attendees together with nearly a hundred brands, services, activities, and groups.
This 2015, the event aims to present audiences with improved features, new business services, more interactive activities from Oct. 2 to 4 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
About Mars Kingdom
Mars Kingdom offers a variety of bicycle products including strollers, BMX, folding bikes, mountain bikes, and merchandise made using advanced technology and fine workmanship. Founded in 2010, the brand aims to bring high-quality yet affordable products to a wider population, in the Philippines and abroad.
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