The La Mesa Nature Reserve Bike Trail never fails to give us a good time! Whenever the boys visit the watershed, the spirit of the whole nature reserve ALWAYS blesses us with a GOOD RIDE.
Mountain bikers living in Quezon City are blessed with the La Mesa Nature Reserve just in their backyard. Rarely does have a city has its own bike trail where you can just go and create havoc in the local playground.
These trails are not just your run in the mill bike track… The single track and fire roads are truly world-class and they are the perfect beginner to intermediate level training ground. The elevation is flowy enough that if you achieve the right velocity, the pedaling would be minimal. The downs would bring you back up if the rider knows how to ride the smooth “La Mesa flow”.
The La Mesa Flow
The La Mesa Flow is that sweet velocity of riding the single track: not too fast, not too slow…
Just enjoy the moment of going through nature on two wheels.
It is an indescribable feeling that only bikers and surfers know. It is a moment of euphoria and you want to stretch it out as long as you can. You long for that moment. You live for that bliss. It is the ride that brings smiles to our faces.
How’s the weather there?
February to March is a good time to ride in the Philippines because the weather is always fine. The sun is out yet we still get huge thick cumulus clouds to sometimes block the sun and give us a cool atmosphere. The dense foliage of the water reserve is enough to energize the riders, giving off oxygen and making us truly alive!
Warning: if it rains, the water shed turns into a different being and becomes a muddy water trap. The wet soil is never friendly to the newbies. The trails would leave you dirty and sometimes bloody.
Tip: If it rains the day before or a few days before, re-schedule your ride. There is always a next ride.
This is how to go to the La Mesa Nature reserve— the jump off point for the Bike trail.
You can call the La Mesa Nature reserve and book a reservation to ride. They usually charge 200Php per head. Gather your friends because it is more fun to ride with your mates. One guide per 5 bikers. Our troop usually pools our “tip” to give to our bike guide. They are usually really strong bikers with a good sense of bike skills.
Tip: It is best to have packed food if you are the hungry biker type. There is no inihaw liempo in the middle of the trail so it is best to bring your pasta, cheese, crackers and drinks in your pack if you want to enjoy eating in the heart of the forest. There is a roving owner type jeep which sells energy drinks, eggs and chocolate bars in the main fire road, but that’s about it.