Bikers’ Den in San Fabian to boost tourism, sports

THE newly-built Bikers’ Den atop the mountain trail in Barangay Inmalog Sur, San Fabian is expected to boost tourism because it symbolizes the triumphs of many illustrious Pangasinan bikers that  made Pangasinan earn the title as the cycling capital of the country.

The Bikers’ Den, one of the tourism projects of Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia, will be inaugurated on Oct. 12.

De Venecia conceptualized the project to sustain the youth’s interest in sports, particularly cycling, and to offer local tourists to a 360-degree view of the beauty of this coastal town.

To make the event more meaningful, the 1st De Venecia Challenger’s Cup will be held at around 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 and is open to cycling enthusiasts to be followed by the inauguration at 7:30 a.m.

The Biker’s Den will be managed by the Pangasinan 4th District Cycling Club Inc. (P4CCI), headed by its president Nicolas Gonzales. P4CCI is composed of different groups of bikers in the district.

The Bikers’ Den, with its beautiful landscape, has restrooms and shower area for bikers, and bike rails where bikes can be parked, will serve as a resting area for bikers who do their physical activity in groups by going around the bike trail in the district and nearby areas in Pangasinan, especially on weekends.

De Venecia said the construction of the Biker’s Den is consistent with his advocacy to make tourism alive in the district. Professional biking enthusiasts in the country know too well that Pangasinan is the cradle of biking champions, among them: Rufino Gabot, a native of Laoac   town, gave the province its first cycling title in 1957, the world witnessed the rise of Pangasinenses cycling sensations — Mamerto Eden (1959), Edmundo de Guzman (1961), Gonzalo Recodos (1963), Jesus Garcia (1973), Teodorico Rimarim (1974), Samson Etrata (1975), Modesto Bonzo (1976), Jacinto Sicam (1981-1982), Romeo Bonzo (1983), Ruben Carino (1984), Pepito Calip (1985) and Bernardo Lientada (1990).

Records showed that more than 20 cyclists from Pangasinan have won the Ronda Pilipinas tour while others have made notable impressions in three cycling races — Padyak Pinoy, Tour of Calabarzon and Le Tour de Filipinas.

Some prominent Pangasinense cyclists of this generation include: Ronald Oranza, Santy Barnachea, El Joshua Carino, Irish Valenzuela, Cris Joven, Ronald Gorantes, Mark John Lexer Galedo, Joel Calderon, Tomas Martinez and George Oconer.

In an interview with Jesus Garcia, he said that cycling is very much alive in Pangasinan and many local government units continue the tradition of sponsoring cycling race in the hope of producing next champions of this generation. (PhilStar Wire Service)

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