Mountain bikers rejoice! There’s a new bike trail in Tagaytay City—The Twin Lakes MTB trail. Situated within Megaworld’s Twin Lakes development project—the country’s first and only vineyard resort community, the trail will leave you breathless both literally and figuratively. The mountain terrain and the technical features will get your heart pumping to the max and at the same time captivate you with the ever spectacular view of the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake.
The word of its opening to the public is out, so you can bet your buddy’s upgraded lightweight bike parts that word will travel really fast. But before you go there, allow us to give you an insight of what you can expect.
How To Get There
From the Tagaytay rotunda, drive (or pedal) straight ahead along the national road going to Batangas. You will pass a few landmarks along the way:
- Tagaytay City Market
- Breakfast at Antonio’s
- The first Bag of Beans Cafe
- Sonya’s Garden
Don’t worry you won’t miss it because of this huge 3D sign along the highway.
You would be happy to know that there is free parking in the basement (at least for now). It is guarded so you are sure your vehicles would be safe. There aren’t a lot of people going there yet so finding a space won’t be any trouble. However, we do expect this to change sooner or later when more establishments open and their customers come too. So, be sure to be there early.
How to Get to the Trail
Coming from the basement parking , make your way up to the main level along the road (spoiler alert: this is your first climb... “Nuninu-ninu”) Pedal your way towards the direction of Batangas. If you reach Nasugbu it means lampas ka na by 60kms!
The trailhead is only about 200 meters away from the basement parking entrance. Do not get confused where to enter, there is a false entrance right next to the main building structure. The real entrance has a security guard taking down names and contact details—i suppose so their marketing peeps can text and sell properties to you (a small price to pay for free parking and use of the trail.) There is also a sign that says “START” by the trail entrance.
What to Expect from the Trail
You start by going on a semi-downhill section, which is about 25-30% of the whole trail. It is fast and quite aggressive in some parts and takes about 4-5 minutes to ride. It is built for optimum fun so be sure to bring plenty of riding skills with you to make the most out of it.
If you are into this kind of riding then you will surely enjoy this part. But, if you are a little less adventurous then you might find it nerve-racking. The keywords for this section are: fast rolling, steep turns and berms, adrenalin pumping, and woohoo!
(3 min. video clip of parts of the downhill section)
The next section of the trail will be a climb fest almost throughout with only a few areas for recovery. While navigating the climbs (out of breath and all,) do your best to stay focused because some parts are narrow with deep (buwis buhay) cliffs by its side.
The keywords for this section of the trail are: steep climbs, max heart rate, never ending climb, and take my breath away!
If you love this kind of riding you will surely be challenged by this trail. Getting through it with ease means that you are an XC fit racer-- congratulations! However, if your skills or desire for climbing are like most other bikers, then you would probably use the hashtag #tulakpamore when you post photos of your ride.
There is this really steep hill near the end of the trail and we wondered if anyone would be able to climb it. But, none of the bikers we met there even attempted to. The gradient is quite similar to that of the ULTRA road climb in Pasig City (steeper!), but on a dirt road with lots of obstacles and uneven terrain. This didn't stop us though from having a little fun on it--by riding it reverse, and fast! We'll call this section the ULTRA climb, let's see if this name will stick.
(Video clip going downhill on "Ultra")
The trail is said to be 2.5 kms long, but our ride logged over 4 kms after a few side trips. We are also not sure if we rode the whole trail becasue the guard by the trailhead said that it is 8 kms long. Sadly, there are hardly any directional signs within the trail so we just followed the most obvious path.
The Final Score
Mountain biking is fun! Going to this trail even allows you to bring your family with you too. They can go around Tagaytay City for sight seeing or wait for you in the restos and cafes in Twin Lakes while you ride with your buddies for a couple of hours.
The trail itself is 100% worth going to if only to experience it. If you love to climb hard then you would appreciate it without a doubt. If you are looking for a fun and “flowy” trail then it will fall short of your expectation. You might enjoy the 4-5 minutes of the semi-downhill section in the beginning of the trail, but all the difficult climbs that follow might leave you a bit unsatisfied overall. There's even a suggestion that perhaps it would be better to ride it reverese.
The creation of this trail is a good development for the MTB community (so thank you Megaworld for building it!) It means that the sport is fast becoming mainstream as corporations are starting to see mountain biking’s potential to attract people to their brands. We hope that this trend continues and that it may translate to more purposely built trails, more organized races, and ultimately support for our athletes in international competitions.
So, what are you waiting for? Tara, RideNa!