Up to the Sapat and Sulbec mountains

Fresh from a thirst-quenching afternoon up in Pasuquin… still in a state of exhilaration while typing.

As the boys locomoted straight down the Sapat-Sulbec mountainside, looking like jackhammers on an extremely-rugged-but-much-less-pristine terrain, with telltale signs of previous mining activities, though now fairly reforested with pine trees, I  did a mini hike, at some point reveled in time alone, sucking in the milieu of placidity, musing on nature’s artistry and playing with my D90.

GreeneryMountain Bikers

{The LEAD boys with Jack, Luis, Edzel, Rey and the rest of the Batibol Bikers}

Wooden BridgeLost in the sky

After the rains, it was difficult capturing the Estancia Sexy Beach, which frustratingly got lost in the cloudy pale blue skies. Lotus stance on a bedrock, sedating cool breeze, chirping bird sounds, the scent of pine — just fleeting, unphotographable moments in between shots…

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Stoked Rey Retuta of Batibols Bikers on LEAD Movement’s upcycled drift trike.

{Another one of LEAD’s DIY projects.}

Yellow FlowersSantanBamboo BridgePink RoseFully PackedMountain BikesRoadside Barbecue Vendor

{Cheap thrill – Pasuquin’s roadside Josie Barbeque, 6-peso BBQ in yummy honeyed pepper sauce devoid of ketchup.}

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Batibols Bikers joins the MayDay MTB DH Race – Part I

downhill bikes

Learning the ropes of downhill mountain biking, the Mini Batibols of the Batibols Bikers join every race opportunity they can get themselves into. Batibol Bikers expert downhiller Jackie de la Cruz and influential dad Ryan Cunanan led the boys to their latest coup, the Mayday Mt. Bike DH Race, part of the national series of the Downhill Riders Organization of the Philippines (DROP). Foggy Mount Sto. Tomas in Tuba was the fitting venue for the treacherous rolls and jumps.

We joined them in Baguio. Stayed at a rented house in Cabinet Hill. Our things were always intact even if the doors were left unlocked, such a nice neighborhood, btw. Amid fine weather, we were all too lazy to cook. No rants whatsoever, carinderia fare for breakfast:)

UlamBisikletaA view of Baguio from Mount Sto. TomasRadar isu!Cell Site TowersMayDay Mt. Bike DH Race sign-upTito Jackconfidencebike-checkfather and son downhillersdownhill raceThe Farrs

The country’s leading pro class downhiller, 14 year-old Jeric Farr, and his dad, expert class downhiller Eboy Farr were also in the race. “I practice when I’m not in school, ” Jeric says when I asked the second year high school boy how he balances school and sports. Four years into downhill mountain biking, Jeric describes his sport as “masaya!” He also competes in international races. He placed fourth in a race in Indonesia in 2011.

AliensPekwa (1st), Lucius (2nd), Dylan (3rd)ThinkingWoman Downhiller

Maricar Estacio, the lone woman rider in the race, reveals “Natutuwa ako… kaya ko ‘yon, “ as I try to dig out what is it that she loves about the bone-breaking sport. Love the lady! Notably, a downhill race organized in part by Jackie, in Batac, way back 2005, was her first race.

kokeshiuntitledAky Nolasco

Aky Nolasco spearheaded the Baguio race. He is a veteran of the Baguio-Sagada Bike Challenge way back in the mid 90s. A race my hubby is proud of. It was refreshing to see Padma Perez, the Baguio-Sagada race organizer in a different light (see photo below). She is a descendant of Pilar Hidalgo Lim mentioned in my recent Café by the Ruins post.

UmbrellaOn the line

To be continued.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012