Performance Level in the 1st Sinnalugan@Sapat Downhill MTB Challenge

Bird's Eye View

Over the weekend, as typhoon signal #2 threatened Ilocos Norte, 58 downhillers from Manila, Pangasinan, Baguio, La Union and Laoag traveled miles to compete against each other on the slopes at Pasuquin in the 1st Sinnalugan@Sapat. Thank God, the heavens were bright and the earth was hard til every bike was packed up! A successful finish for the downhill bike challenge exhaustively prepared for a good many weekends by the Batibols Bikers in cooperation with the peoples of barangays Sulbec and Sapat. The extended support from DROP Downhill Philippines, led by President Erwin Benipayo, and National Downhill Team Coach Arjuna Saulo is very much appreciated. The same goes to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, headed by Gov. Imee Marcos; the LGU of Pasuquin; the Philippine National Red Cross Ilocos Chapter; and other benevolent sponsors.

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To be continued.

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Batibols Bikers joins the MayDay MTB DH Race – Part 2

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do, the old saying goes. For lunch, the Batibols Bikers had a taste of the indigenous Cordilleran culture — pinikpikan done soft and slow. There’s such a thing as indigenous peoples rights as well as animal welfare laws, so I hope no one has committed a crime. If you haven’t heard about it, you might as well google how pinikpikan is prepared to find out why it generates debates.

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These days, extreme downhill mountain biking attracts adrenalin junkies of  all ages. It’s a rigorous sport that entails a reliable bike, skills, precision, focus, a great deal of training and above all,  guts.

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An impromptu awarding ceremony capped the day.

An air of triumph… the organizers, participants and winners of the different categories all wore confident smiles. No major crashes, thank God!

Jeric Farr topped the Pro Category. Joey Rogers came in second and Aky Nolasco, third.

In the Expert Category (expert means a notch higher than pro, or a more senior pro). Eboy Farr outdid Batibols Bikers very own Jackie de la Cruz.

The Mini Batibols made a good showing. In their class, 9 year-old Lucius Cunanan was second to Sagada’s 10 year-old Pekwa Busas while Dylan Cunanan made it to the top three. Lucius got the Youngest Rider award and a nice, new bike seat.

Brandon Tan and Dylan Cunanan got the 7th and 8th spots, respectively, in the 18 and below level.

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Photographed by Blauearth and Edsel. Bottom 2 photos via Aky Nolasco.
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