Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Biking in Manila: The Heroes Bike Trail

Heroes Bike Trail Photos
Updates: I just uploaded the new "longer" map. It's now 3.70 kilometers from the original 2.07!
You can also view a video of the full loop here.

The Heroes Bike Trail is an excellent place to take a break from all the noise and stress of the city. Built inside the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the trail is currently 2.07 2.13 kilometers long (although the guide said that it's 2.4) and expanding. Though short, I find it fun and more presko than Aguinaldo or the Army Trail.

I think the Heroes Bike Trail an excellent place for beginners as there are short climbs and fast downhills to learn about mountain biking techniques as well as areas where they can stop and catch their breath. And if ever they need a cold bottle of Gatorade, there's a store by the trailhead. This morning, there was even a person selling taho

For foreigners, rejoice! Unlike the previous featured trails in my Biking in Manila series that are located inside Philippine bases, you won't have a hard time getting in the Heroes Bike Trail (unless you don't have the P50.00 entrance fee).

Operational Hours:
The place is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

When I talked to the person who's manning the place, here are some additional information:
  • It's open when it's raining except for times when it's raining too hard. I know that's pretty relative, but that's exactly what he said.
  • You can have night rides. You just need to be here before 5:30 p.m., when the bantay closes the gate. You will need to bring your lights and all your stuff as the shop is closed. You'll be left on your own. When finished, you'll exit at the main Libingan ng mga Bayani gate.

Amado Calibara: Bike Idol

Amado Calibara
Ka Amado cleaning the soles of his bike shoes after pushing his bike up a climb

His name is Amado Calibara and he's one of my idols. Already more than 70 years old, this guy's still riding strong.

When I was working in Batangas, I used to ride with him every afternoon, going up Haligue or Malalim. He would tell me that he used to ride the Tour of Luzon in his heyday. I think that was back in the '60s or '70s. Now he's spending his time at home, doing chores every now and then.

I wish that when I'm his age, I'd still be pedalling.
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