Thunder Trail however does not seem to be as famous as either of these two biking destinations. This is a shame because this winding singletrack and fireroad which leads to a hilltop lagoon is one of the better MTB trails near Metro Manila.
Binangonan Rizal is my hometown. It makes me proud that the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs have now become part of the “must-visit” places among Metro Manila weekend warriors. Over the years, I’ve also seen Antenna Hill attain much deserved fame in the mountain biking community for its challenging climb (which offers great views of the Laguna de bay) and the excellent downhill track which was built there by gravity aficionados.
Thunder Trail complements these two destinations. This trail has got plenty of twists, fast flowy descents, and sections that require you to dip into your bag of technical tricks.
I really like what the organizers have done here. Last time I was at Thunder Trail, it was overgrown with tall talahib, which made it difficult to read the trail. The route has now been cleared. I even got to try out sections which I’d never visited before.
The race route looks like it will be 50 percent trail and 50 percent paved road. Trail purists shouldn’t fret though because most of the paved sections are uphill. From what I’ve sampled, the race looks like it will be an all out sprint since the entire course is quite short. I forgot to turn on the GPS on my phone, but I don’t think it’s more than 7 kilometers.
I’m really excited about this race. The last time there was such a race in Binangonan was way back in 2010 when my buddies in Binangonan Rizal Offroaders and Mountain Bikers Association organized a very well attended event in the hills of Cardona. Too bad, they did not get enough support from the local government then, as it could have become a yearly event.
- Climb Antenna Hill
- Cross over to Village East and Thunderbird resorts
- Ride the Thunder Trail
- Visit the Petroglyphs
- And ride back to Antenna Hill to cap it off with some gnarly downhill
If your downhill mojo isn’t up to it yet, you can also descend the paved road going to Angono highway which is also wicked fast.
I would really love to promote my hometown as a biking destination, so I’ll be writing about another bike trail there that’s relatively unexplored. Watch out for my post on the Pumarada Trail.