It was another hot Sunday morning when my friend BJ and I decided to cycle along the stretch of Daang Hari road and then make our ride more interesting by heading to the new bike park in Vermosa to up our game and have some outdoor fun.
We took a quick rest after reaching our destination and then surveyed the whole place. New developments were quickly noticed upon entering. There are racks and tables beside the air conditioned bike shop now.
There is also a track rehabilitation fee of 20php but there aren’t any staff who charges visitors. Instead, an “Honesty Box” was placed in the resting area so that people can just drop off their money in it. The small fee won’t hurt much and I think this method of payment is a good concept.
We grabbed our bikes from the rack and started to pedal our way to the trails. From it’s wooden platforms, jump sections, sick berms and suspension-racking pump tracks, Vermosa Bike Skills Park proved to be one of the best go-to mountain biking spots in the south!
It was a sunny afternoon so there aren’t any other people except for BJ and I. The trail was loose and dry because of the hot summer heat making our wheels slide off along the corners.
Another awesome feature is the big ass wooden platform which we find difficult to climb. I tried this once last year but my wheels just couldn’t bite. I wiped out and slid off helplessly, I should have walked my bike all the way up.
In addition to the highlights of Vermosa Bike Park are the jump sections which I hesitated to try on several occasions. It took me three visits to the place just to convince myself that I wouldn’t bail.
The first try was sketchy as I rolled over the platform and performed an unwanted nose dive, good thing my front wheel made contact with the receiver or It could have been a nasty faceplant! The succeeding tries were finally a success after listening to a few pointers. I just relaxed as I pedaled aggressively towards the ramp to finally make it to a safe landing.
On the other side is a dirt track for motorcycles not too far from the bike trails. We took a rest under the platform to shade ourselves from the sweltering heat and watched as riders launched their bikes in the air.
Vermosa Bike Skills part was opened last May 21, 2016 when they held the first ever Bike Night Carnival.
The unique night event showcased talents from other countries and competitors from kids to experienced bikers gathered to compete as well. There were cross country races, a pump track challenge, and a bike skills clinic.
Another major event was when renowned Scottish bike trials competitor and stunt rider Danny MacCaskill showed his awesome talents last December.
The place is a 700 hectare sand box for mountain bikers! It was developed by Ayala Land which aims to “further push the pedals towards an active lifestyle, as well as support a growing trend of ageless, health-conscious Filipinos.” according to their website.
Ayala Land’s statement proved to be true as we pushed ourselves to our limits by trying out the technical sections. We weaved along the loose trails, forced ourselves up the steep ramps, and followed our momentum along the well-designed berms. It will indeed challenge your physical and mental prowess!
How to get there
- From Alabang, take Daang Hari road bound to Cavite.
- Head straight upon reaching Molino intersection.
- Continue straight until you reach Vermosa Bike Skills park which is on the right side of the road. The place is hard to miss.
20php that you drop off in the Honesty Box located at the resting area near the entrance.