Tougher route to greet Globe Cordi challengers

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

OFF road bikers from across the country test their mettle in a daunting 65 kilometer from Tublay to Kapangan in Benguet and back as the fifth offering of the Globe Cordillera Challenge hits the ground May 10 in an effort to help reforest the denuded mountains of Benguet.

Now on its fifth year, the challenge has attracted some 800 biking enthusiasts, overshooting the initial target of 600 and almost doubling the number of participants from last year which had 519 riders.

Globe Cordillera Challenge 5 aim is to raise at least P1.8 million to complete the establishment of 100 seedling nurseries in the Cordillera mountain range by yearend under the Roots & Shoots program of the Cordillera Conservation Trust, event partner and beneficiary.


"The Globe Cordillera Challenge has always enjoyed enormous success in terms of awareness and reaction from the public through their donations and we again hope to replicate this as we continue to sustainable build additional 45 plant nurseries,” said Fernando Esguerra, OIC of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.

Esguera added with CCT as their partner, the project has already built 55 seedling nurseries since the idea was introduced in 2012.

Reforestation of the Cordilleras currently faces several challenges such as the lack of water efficient trees and the huge cost of buying and hauling saplings to remote areas, thus, the need to produce seedlings for tree planting purposes.

The event’s appeal lies primarily on the challenging trails laid out yearly by CCT.

"We found that bringing people into our wild spaces has been one of the best ways of creating a constituency that cares for our mountain forests, it creates a tangible value for nature that participants take home after the event, and we have seen this forest constituency grow each year with the help of Globe through the Cordillera Challenge," CCT Executive Director J.P. Alipio said.

This year’s route is expected to be more picturesque as it will bring bikers to remote areas of Benguet not often visited by tourists such as the hidden rice terraces of Naguey, Pasdong, and Kapangan.

The route also involves more technical climbs with total ascent of 3,390 meters and total descent of 3,404 meters. Maximum slope going up and down is 30 percent grade with about 20-25 kms of dirt road going down continuously.

Globe Cordillera Challenge 5 is supportedby Holcim Philippines, Nonpareil International Freight Cargo Services, Inc., Ximex Delivery Express, Inc., DotPH, Berghaus Limited, Coca Cola Philippines, Global Criterion Solutions, and Spyder Philippines, Canto Restaurant, Café Maleng-ag, Cordillera Coffee, Eye Worx Optical Baguio, Gift Launcher, Hill Station, Messy Bessy, and Cordillera Heirloom Coffee.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 01, 2014.


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