Cycling event for the environment

BAGUIO CITY – Organizers of this year’s Cordillera Challenge expect to raise some P600,000 to rebuild the Agno River watershed particularly reforesting parts of Bokod, Kabayan, Tublay and Kapangan, all in Benguet.

Some 250 bikers from Metro-Manila, nearby Luzon provinces and local biking groups have reportedly registered for the activity on Saturday, May 21.

The co-organizing groups of Globe Telecom and Cordillera Conservation Trust expect to the locals to plant around 50,000 new trees.

This year’s edition of the event also aims to start community-based tree nurseries in Benguet, according to JP Alipio of the Cordillera Conservation Trust.

The activity starts at 6:00 a.m. at the Burnham Park and ends at the Benguet Capitol grounds.

The route will take the bikers from Burnham Park Lake Drive to its highest point at Tiptop through Kisad Road.  Downhill through rough roads, the bikers will lead towards La Trinidad, with a vantage view of both Mount Pulag in Kabayan and Bokod, the country’s second highest peak next to Mount Apo, and Mount Ugo in Itogon, the region’s second highest.

A steep climb through paved roads to the provincial capitol grounds will complete the 40-kilometer trek. Lyn V. Ramo

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