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3rd Malolos City Bike Festival Promotes “Share The Road” Advocacy
“Celebrating 177 years of the first Philippine Republic with us, in bike friendly Malolos City,” Malolos City government of Bulacan officiate the 3rd Malolos City Bike Festival, Malolos Sports and Convention Center (MSCC), February 13 – 14.
“We’ve started from only having fun rides, and then we’ve noticed that there are many bikers in Malolos,” relates Hon. Christian D. Natividad, Mayor of Malolos and a bike enthusiast. “Eventually, we’ve decided to come up with an event uniting all bikers.”
The festival offers the biggest bike show in the Philippines that feature over 30 bike show contest and categories. Prestigious and certified bike judges in the country have graced the event. Bike show entry fee is only 250 pesos per category and each entry comes with a bike show certification. Meanwhile, Bike show winners received a customized trophy.
Bike show categories are BMW (old school and new school), Fixie, Cruiser, Low Rider, Cyclocross, Touring, Downhill, Classic (1986-1995), Vintage (1960-1985), Antique (1959-below), Contemporary Road Bikes (1996-present), Colmago Bike category (Contemporary, 1996-present and Classic, 1996-below), Randoneur, Creative Customized Bikes, Urban, Single Speed Road Bikes, Folding Bikes (Wheel Size 14″, 16″, 24″), Japan Geisha / Japan Surplus Bike Restored, Utility Bikes / Pot-pot Delivery Bikes, MTB Single Speed, MTBH Retro (1993-below), MTB Cross Country and FreeBikes, MTB Downhill Bikes, MTB Fat Bikes, and Time Trial Bikes.
BMX stunts and MTB races are one of the highlights hyping the crowd up. Bike shows featured vintage custom, BMX, fixie, folding or “tiklop”, road, and mountain bikes. Hundreds of bike enthusiasts from all over the Philippines enjoyed Fun bike rides and 4X, XC, and BMX challenges.
GIANT bikes sponsored the bike demo where bikers get to fit bikes and test rides. Zumbayawan, skateboarding events, concerts, and bands, drinks and foods bazaars are also accessible.
The Malolos Historic Valentines Fun Ride on Day 1, February 13 kicked off from Puregold Valenzuela to MSCC. Dubbed as “Viaje to Malolos”, riders in full stamina cycle the 40-km fun ride that started at 6am and the “salubong” at SM Marilao, Bulacan. Meanwhile, those who craved for night life participated at the 25-km lighted fun bike ride, “Night Ride: Malolos Bike Lantern Parade” on Feb. 13, Saturday night at 6:30pm to 8pm. Other activities on Day 1 include Biker Costume Contest, Opening Bike Show, XC eliminator, BMX competitions, Skateboard competitions, and fireworks display.
Day 2 even became more exciting as The Malolos Historic Fun Ride or the “Visita Malolos Historia” was held, 6am. The 1st Malolos City MTB Dual Cross Competition, folding bike race, and fixie bike trick style competitions hyped up the atmosphere. The organizers also made sure that family food festival is included to complete the Fiesta Republika experience. The Fixed Gear Bike Event amazed the audience with their Track Stand Battle Longest Skid skills. The participants, both amateur and pro braved the heat of the sun to give the audience excellent showmanship.
In addition to bike events, live tattoo and battle of the bands competition, “Tunog at Tinta Republika” both added variety to the festival. Philippines’ best and creative tattoo artists vested for the title. 25 live bands were also featured, mostly showcasing the talents of Malolos’ student groups.
What’s even more exciting is that at the end of the program, “Feb-ibig” cycling weekend fun ride participants get to win a 1 whole unit of 26” Mountain Bike each from VIVA and GIANT. More fun ride registration, more chances of winning in the raffle draw. Other prizes include bike cleaning materials, MOB blue and white t-shirts, white and red bike pedals, and XPRO helmets.
Giant Bicycles and Viva Bikes, Spam Components, Shimano, MAVIC, Cannondle, Fuji, Limar Helmets, Zefal and Continental Bike Tires supported the festival. Bikes of Sta. Maria, Bulacan and Newton Multisales of Quezon City also assisted.
The event is part of Malolos City’s celebration of the First Philippine Republic or the “Malolos Republic” founded in 1899. Through this year’s warm participation, the organizers state that the festival will soon gain more attention instilling the “Share The Road” advocacy amongst communities.