DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/16 Feb.) -- The Island Garden City of Samal Tourism Council has lined up sporting events to help promote the city’s tourism industry including the staging of the Samal Festival Cycling Challenge which reels off on March 2.
The one-day bikefest with out and back course at the Kaputian Beach Park is one of the sporting highlights in this year’s weeklong celebration of Samal’s founding anniversary on March 1 to 7.
“We have sport events in our calendar of activities for the founding anniversary that could help us promote tourism in IGACOS,” said Cecil Ayuste, Samal Tourism Council president.
Despite limited budget due to Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) cuts, the Samal Cycling Challenge was included in the calendar as part of its efforts to make known the “inland and island tourist spots of Samal”, Ayuste said.
“We are forming Samal to be a tourist destination,” she said during the Davao Sportswriters Association Forum at the Tower Inn Business Hotel.
The 50-kilometer Samal cycling challenge is likely to attract participants and sport enthusiasts from various places to visit the island garden city. The place is composed of 46 barangays including Camudmud, the site of fine beaches.
Salvador Paholio Jr., PhilCycling regional director, said riders from Metro Manila and Cebu have already signified their intention to join the cycling challenge which is expected to attract elite riders across Mindanao.
The cycling championship will feature road bike and mountain bike competitions. "The road bike will be an open event while the mountain bike will have the 23 years old and under and 35-above categories," Paholio said.
Cash prizes and a slot to the national training pool are up for grabs in the cycling race presented by IgaCoS Mayor Roger Antalan in cooperation with Karancho and Samahang Siklista Kooperatiba ng Dabaw. (Rico Biliran/MindaNews)