The Hell of the Southern Tagalog

The EBD Barangay Tour Mountain Bike Challenge went pretty well, and I can't wait to plan it next year with an even more challenging course.

As I've told the racers from the start, it's going to be long and hard - nothing like the courses they're used to. If the race is in Batangas City, you can bet your ass that the locals will include a lot of climbs to see how others fare in their usual weekend route.

Going around the race course made me see just how much damage the typhoon caused. There was a barrio by the sea near Ilijan where the roofs of the houses were blown away and the road was reclaimed by the sea. I hope this race will jumpstart local biking tourism that can help these small communities.

Below are some of the pictures I took while going around the course. For more pictures, visit the Batangas Mountain Bikers website.