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Up for the Skycycle Challenge

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Aug 26, 2013

Once you learn how to bike, you don’t forget. But from a cable suspended 60 feet high and traversing 200 meters, it’s a different story.

I have had some scrapes and bruises from falling while learning how to bike on land when I was much younger. But it did not stop me from learning and enjoying the ride. Years later whenever the opportunity to ride would come, I would grab the bike’s handle bars and even raise my arms in sheer joy.

So with excitement and a little fear factor and peer pressure, I said that I could do this and be up for the challenge of SkyCycling.

Skycycling is one of the newest thrills from my favorite mountain getaway, Eden Nature Park and Resort in Eden, Bayabas, Toril in Davao City.

You read the waiver, listen to the briefing, fitted with a helmet and harness then you go up several flights of stairs to get to the deck where you mount your bike.

I won’t tell you what they did to the bike to make it stick to the cable. You should go and see it for yourself and voila! It would ease your fears.

I would ride in tandem with Susan, my friend and officemate. With my group’s cheering, I checked on the bike’s brakes and tried to balance and I was moving! I remember I asked the guide, “Go na?”. And he just smiled and said, “Yes, ma’am!”

I pedaled in order to make the bike move forward. I had a deathly grip on the bike’s handlebars seeing how deep the fall would be. That is, if I would fall. But I had a harness strapped, had perfect balance and the ride was getting to be smooth. I thought that it would be a short ride but gravity would make the ride slow and make you think that the end station is farther than what it seemed. Susan was shouting that it was far!

As I reached the station, I gripped the hand brakes and stopped just right at the mounting board. Whew! What a ride!

After dismounting, the guide turns your bike in the direction where you came from… back to the start station. This time, I was thinking that maybe I can let go of the handle bars and spread my arms while in middle of the track. It was a difficult decision to make and I still had a deathly grip on the bars. No letting go! But this time, I managed to smile and enjoy the ride back. Good for me, the cameras were clicking.

So would I recommend the Skycycle? Definitely! It’s fun! It’s exhilarating! Its adrenaline pumping! Its conquering your fear! Eden’s Skycycle costs PhP200/person/ride or PhP300/person/ride+ SkyRider (Zipline)

How To Get There:

Major airlines have daily flights from Manila and Cebu to Davao City.

From the airport, one can hire a taxi to take you to Eden Nature Park & Resort for Php2,500-3,000 (US$62.5- 75) round trip. Taxis can accommodate up to 4 persons only.

From the City proper taxi fare is Php250 (US$6.25) to Bayabas, Toril then ride the motorcycle for PhP100 (US$2.5) per person.

If you have your own car, from the airport or the city proper, drive through the Davao-Japan Highway/City proper to Toril then turn right to Bayabas, Toril.

If you want to take the public utility vehicle from the city proper, jeepneys to Bayabas, Toril would cost from Php25-30 (US$0.625-0.75) then ride the motorcycle up to Eden for Php100/person (US$2.5). Round trip motorcycle ride to Eden is Php200 (US$5). Travel time is from 45 minutes to an hour.

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