When I first heard about Padyakan sa Bataan, I actually thought it was some sort of tricycle race. Then I saw the poster for the Padyakan sa Bataan 2017 and realized it was a bike race.
To my surprise, this is the 12th Annual Padyakan sa Bataan. Aside from being free registration, there are trophies, medals and cash prizes for each category where there are 3 to 5 winners.
We arrived at around 7 am and registration was still going on.
Fox is one of the official sponsored and they have a booth set up. They were really generous in providing cool raffle prizes like Dry Fit Gloves, Dry Fit Shirts and more.
They also provided Pump Trucks.
At around 8 am, the program began with the push bikes.
This is my first time to encounter push bikes so I found it interesting.
The kids were really competitive.
They were so adorable.
The push bike race was sponsored and organized by Strider.
I've been told that this is their first time to do this.
But, it looks like they can keep this going right?
There are bigger kids too.
But, they were few.
They also look like they struggled more than the little kids.
But, they all made it through.
The program continued to small bikes.
There were a lot of categories: Age Category, Fun Category, Heavyweight, Fat Bike and Single-speed categories.
The bikers are so lucky because it was a cloudy day.
The sun was not intense and showed up only around the afternoon.
The short races had 3 rounds each.
Most of the bikers joined the fun race.
In sum, around 670 bikers joined this year. That was around thrice from last year. The highlight of the event was the downhill race for pro bikers.
The awarding was hosted by Mariveles Mayor Ace Jello Concepcion. Kids were awarded a medal and 500 php prize. While the adults up to veterans of 69 years old were awarded trophies, medal and 3,000 php prize each. The awarding lasted until 11 pm but everyone was still rowdy even then because of the hundreds of raffle prizes (which include bike gears, biker gears and Max's gift certificates) and fun programs such as the dance number by the Mutya ng Mariveles candidates and Miss Bataan 2016 Ambassadress of Investment and Industries Ms. Charlene Versoza.
Congratulations Bataan Tourism for such a successful event!