Chasing Trail Episode 6: Out of the Comfort Zone, Philippines - Video

Oct 18, 2016 at 2:27
by SCOTT Sports  
Views: 12,193    Faves: 54    Comments: 3

As far as places go you would be hard pushed to find somewhere more different to the UK than the Philippines, landing in Manila rips the comfort zone right out from underneath you. Gone are the normal western customs, humidity is king of the weather even in deepest winter, and the traffic is mind-boggling. Heading out of the airport we could not be happier to have guides Iztok, Bans, and Tena by our side.

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

The Philippines as a country is made up of over seven thousand islands. With the western isles being a relative no-go zone for foreigners due to kidnapping, pirates, and a whole host of other things that didn’t sound too appealing. We were relieved to hear that our trail hunting mission was taking us north through the rice fields towards sun-baked Narvacan.

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

With Narvacan making a solid bid to become the action sports and horsepower capital of the Philippines we quickly found ourselves slinging our Genius’s into the back of a jacked up pickup to sample some of the local trails. With steep fireroads and dust being the gourmet starter on in the ups department, the main would not disappoint. Dropping almost vertically from an outcrop that was being prepared for a paragliding school the trails snaked back down to the golden beaches through steep channels, big jumps, and phenomenal corners. The smiles and the dust was cemented on our faces with the only way of blowing it off being on a supercharged quad, then a jet ski, then a Polaris rounded out by a Porsche. I think it would be tough to argue with the action sports capital’s credentials.

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

Chasing Trail Episode 6 Out of the Comfort Zone Philippines

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Photo/Video: Sam Flanagan


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52 Comments

  • 17 0
 Enjoyed this so much.I am married to Pinoy, been to Philippines three times now,definitely bringing my bike for my next visit.Great to see mountain biking is taking on there,SALAMAT PO,Masarap si balut.....
  • 8 0
 Visit Cebu man! Heaps of trails within 20mins from the city.
  • 1 0
 Yeah!
There is some very nice riding in the Philippines... You should bring your bike next time and go out for some riding, or maybe join some race. There are many of them and they are super fun!
See you Smile
  • 1 0
 Same here, i must take my bike when we visit the wife family again. Actually driven through Ilocos, they also don't live far from there but I've simply never thought of even looking where to ride my bike lol Loves amazing
  • 5 15
flag anchoricex (Oct 20, 2016 at 5:19) (Below Threshold)
 What happens if a local accuses you of doing drugs while you're riding your bike
  • 2 0
 @chasejam: Is that Narvacan, Ilocos Sur? I lived there for a while but never realized that there were trails and stuff there. I guess that's what happens when you're busy.
  • 5 0
 @Hamburg3r: Yes it is...
Nothing was there till we scoped 4 lines at this amazing hill where the army base is. So the trails are there since last year. It is going to be a big event in December in Narvacan... Some UKs pros are coming too Smile
  • 1 3
 @anchoricex: @anchoricex: That is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. If a local sees one riding a bike, he will be admired for choosing a healthy lifestyle. Meaning, no drug addictions and/or zero on vices. Philippines is a poor country, majority of the people are POOR(by money), but definitely not STUPID.
  • 1 0
 Likewise! Mine was born in Quezon City, but grew up in the states. Fun place to visit, and the food!
  • 6 5
 I won't go anywhere near there as long as Duterte and his death squads are running the show. Your only vote is your dollar, and no way am I going to help the economy of a country that would elect a Trump-style autocrat.

In Tiananmen Square no less:

"Duterte's comments came after he met his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square on Thursday. The two also pledged to enhance trust and friendship and played down a maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

"I announce my separation from the United States, both in military but economics also," Duterte announced at a meeting of Filipino and Chinese businessmen in Beijing.

"America has lost it," Duterte was quoted as saying in a transcript of his speech by the Philippine Presidential Communications Office on Friday morning.

"I mean, I realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia."

I hope the people can reclaim their country. Downvote up a storm, i deserve it for being a pompous ass, but hey.
  • 7 0
 great edit mate! try to visit the island of Cebu and Dumaguete also... we've got some good vibes and awesome trails out there... PH represent.. yeeoowww!!
  • 8 0
 Wait till December... We are coming with the crew Smile
  • 5 0
 I'm pleased to see my country featured here and I literally live an hour away from this place! Definitely gonna ride there when I get to go home!
  • 6 0
 2 thumbs up for this article! Pinoy here and one day wish to ride in the motherland!
  • 4 0
 We are showing Mt Ugo and its flow trail next time Smile
  • 5 0
 Stay. Away. From. The. BALUT!
  • 2 0
 LOL! Don't knock it til you try it!

Admittedly, it is an acquired taste. =P
  • 4 0
 Whoa.. happy to see my home country featured here in Pinkbike.. good job
  • 2 0
 Da faq. theres riding there? My wife and her family own a bunch off land there, even a resort call treasures of bolinao...BRB...
  • 4 0
 Thank you for featuring Philippines MTB trails. Smile Good job..
  • 1 0
 Ganda sir d ba sarap talaga trail sa pinas sana lage may promotion ng mga event para mahikayat ang mga Pinoy sa ganitong sports at wag na mag addict hehehe
  • 1 0
 I was there last January. Mount Ugo up in the north is my favorite trail back home. Patiis and Timberland trails if you're in Manila coz its only 30 mins to an hour's drive from Manila.
  • 1 0
 yah timberland trail is also a nice trail. I think you have heard the new trail in Tagaytay "Twin lake Trail"
  • 4 0
 Balut + Red Bull = Gives you wings!
  • 1 0
 Yeah!!! The video we all have been waiting for Smile !
What an amazing edit!
@trippinfellaz it has been a pleasure having you In the Philippines!
Cheers!
  • 2 1
 Can you give more info on the trail closest to Manila? Is it in Tagaytay?

Love this article... hopefully, I could hit one of those trails before I get too old (lol!)
  • 1 0
 I think its in Tagaytay, three skull if im not mistaken. We also have trails in Taguig (Heroes Trail),Nuvali in Sta. Rosa and Twin Lakes in Tagaytay as well
  • 1 0
 You should try the Timberland MTB trail it is good i've been there last April. You have to work on your legs for the climb...have fun riding..
  • 2 0
 Patiis trail (Antena) is the closest to Manila.
  • 3 0
 @chasejam: Thanks, man! I might just try to find that next time! I usually go back every 2-3 years... I hope to leave a bike there on my next trip back (the Bottlerocket).
  • 1 0
 @chasejam: Patiis and Antenna are 2 different trails, but both in Rizal province near the metro... But Antenna is currently under construction as of this time.
  • 2 0
 One of the trails featured in this video, the last part is patiis. Very close to manila like 30 min away.
  • 1 0
 La Mesa has some trails in it, not all are marked here but this will give you a start: www.trailforks.com/trails/la-mesa-tower-11-bangkalan
  • 4 2
 There's a distinct lack of extra-judicial killings.
  • 1 0
 Any one know of any riding around La Union? GF is from there so that's where we are when I'm over there Smile
  • 2 0
 There are some nice trails in La Union, but also Baguio is not far away Smile
  • 1 0
 Thank you PB! I liked that a lot. We hope more people come and enjoy our humble trails.
  • 1 0
 Dumaguete and Siquijor mates! lots of natural trails and pristine beaches Smile
  • 1 0
 how is the Philippines for safety when your foreign ? i looked at going a while ago and it was supposed to be pretty bad Frown
  • 2 1
 Whoah... i love my country.... Lots of trails out there..
  • 3 3
 Crazy what's going on there now as they have broke away from usa and are now with china.
  • 5 0
 That's just the crazy president. The people are super cool to everyone and love Americans.
  • 3 1
 @boxxerace: oh absolutely. I have many, many friends from there that id consider family even.
This is devastating to them.
  • 2 1
 Amazing video! Looks like great times! What was the second song btw?
  • 2 1
 Fantastic
  • 1 1
 This was sick Sam.. looks like a hell of a trip. Loved the vibe.
  • 1 0
 Cool
  • 2 3
 Positive experience for me in ????????????
  • 2 3
 (Philippines) flag doesn't appear here
  • 3 4
 congrats, you just made your ecological footprint.
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