November 14, 2017 3:11 am
Nuvali celebrates 8 years of congregating cyclists of varying skill levels from different provinces and countries at Dirt Weekend Bike Festival.
This year, it will host Asia’s qualifying leg for the 2017 Cross Country Marathon World Championship on November 11 to 12. Since its started in 2009, it has been growing into an annual platform for cyclists to showcase their skills and continuously elevate their performance and become globally competitive. The qualifying race is open to all from ages 19 years old and above. Nuvali will also hold the annual Cross Country Fun Race, which runs for 35 kilometers around the estate.
“Nuvali is known as a popular destination for mountain bikers with its natural trails and dedicated lanes that encourage biking as a sport and a mode of transportation. We would like to take this a step further and serve as venue for world-class competitions in order to recognize local talents as well as give our athletes a chance to compete globally,” said John Estacio, Nuvali General Manager.
This year, Nuvali once again partnered with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body on sports cycling events. The world championship qualifying race is part of the UCI World Marathon Series which will allow the top 40 riders to score points for their UCI Mountain Bike (MTB) Marathon Series ranking. International participants include riders from Japan and Portugal.
The Dirt Weekend Cross Country Fun Race will feature age categories from 15-19 years old to 50 years old and above for the Masters Category. There will also be a special category for “fat bikes,” equipped with oversized tires.
“Mountain biking and the balanced lifestyle we promote here in Nuvali naturally go together, boosting the prestige of Dirt Weekend as a competitive cycling event through the years,” said Estacio.
“We are excited to be back here in Nuvali for Dirt Weekend. This year, we take the competition up a notch with new and longer routes at 90Km from 70Km last year, designed to challenge the local and international cycling community with a noteworthy qualifying race.” said Geoff Kronenburg, UCI Technical Delegate.
Last day of regular registration to Dirt Weekend is on October 25. To register online and for more details about Dirt Weekend 2016, interested parties can go to http://nuvali.ph/dirtweekend2016/ or http://m.nuvali.ph/dirtweekend2016/ for mobile devices.
Nuvali is Ayala Land’s sustainable estate that sits in the cities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba and Cabuyao in Laguna. It features a diverse mix of quality residential and commercial developments to support local economic growth.
To get to Nuvali, private vehicles can pass through Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, Eton-Greenfield, Silangan, or Canlubang exit along South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Public transportation to Nuvali is available from major jump-offs such as Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and Balibago.