DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Negros Oriental Sports Development Program (NOSDEP) is spearheading the ‘Sikad 250’ kilometer bike ride from Dumaguete to the southern town of Basay and vice-versa on October 31.
NOSDEP head Paultom Paras said the bike ride is still part of the Buglasan Festival celebration which will gather 60 bikers in the province.
The event will start at 4:00 a.m. in front of Capitol Building and expected to finish at 8:00 p.m. in front of Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Complex (LMSCC).
The race packet will be released on October 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the lobby of LMSCC.
The event’s P500 registration fee includes race packet, event t-shirt, commemorative finishers medal, dinner and drinks.
Paras said for safe cycling, a medical certificate is required for participation.
Riders have to follow a specific route and they must not cut, deviate from this route, or their control point card will not be delivered and ride will be invalidated, said Paras.
This event is a long-distance unsupported endurance cycling, thus all towns along the highway are requested to assist for traffic, medical and rescue response.
Participants must stop at locations indicated as “control points” on route directions, and have their “control point card” stamped as a proof of passage.
The time stamp is the finish time to be recognized. Riders should make sure their control point card is stamped the moment they arrive at a control point.
“It is an environmental advocacy that aims to promote cycling as another sustainable means of transportation,” said Romualdo Señeris II, event head.
The event is basically a combination of healthy lifestyle, environment friendly, and leisure.
“It’s not just a sports event; at the same time it’s an advocacy event because part of the main advocacy is share the road,” Señeris added.
They chose to have cycling as an event because it is second to swimming in terms of cardiovascular exercise and it is also a sustainable and eco-friendly transportation.
“For the cyclists, we encourage them to ride with groups and clubs. If they want to go cycling, attach themselves to groups and clubs so that they will be able to learn right away the nitty-gritty of the sport,” Señeris said. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Winona Jane C. Agir, SU intern/This article was first published at PIA Website on Oct. 30, 2015)