Cycling in Negros


Maximum Pace
Sep 24, 2007
In the summer of 2011 I licked my lips with anticipation as I was about to start another cycling adventure, again in the Philippines but this time on an infamous volcanic island known as Negros. It's the fourth largest island in the country and is divided into two provinces: Negros Oriental in the Central Visayas region and Negros Occidental. This division of the island, which roughly follows the mountain range in the center of the island, corresponds to the two ethno-linguistic groups. The western part (Occidental) is where the Ilonggo or Hiligaynon-speaking Negrenses are located, and the eastern portion (Oriental) is home to the Cebuano-speaking population. Once away from Dumaguete and with so few tourists visiting the island, most of the locals didn't speak English making it next to impossible to communicate. I quickly discovered the only way to communicate was to shout out the name of my destination as I rode past to get confirmations with a nod and pointing of the finger.

Day 1: Moalboal, Cebu - Sibulan, Negros.
Distance: 95km
Ascent: 1612m