13th Breaking Away MTB Downhill Challenge

Bike Jump Shots

Barangay Lagui-Sail (on the eastern side of Laoag) was transformed into a bike park by the City Government of Laoag and the City Hall Bikers (CHB) for a downhill challenge. The race was participated in by local bikers, bikers from neighboring provinces and Metro Manila.

CHB Officials

CHB is a veteran in bike races in the province of Ilocos Norte. Leaders in their own right, President Ellis Corpuz, race director Diomy Gayban, Franz Felipe, and Poco Aurelio have been working so hard for community participation, particularly sporting activities such as mountain biking. Congrats and keep it up, guys!

UntitledDownhillRiding in tandem father and sonThe Farrs in a rare moment.

Bike JumpUntitledShowCHB Breaking Away Downhill Challenge Expert CategoryPinkThis guy Robert Burgos, in JS prom mode, steals the show.

Straight from the promKakaibaJS guy wins the novice categoryHe also rides his bike to receive his trophy for winning the novice category. He says his choice of outfit is all about aerodynamics.

CamerasPicture 1076Brandon wins the CHB Breaking Away Downhill Challenge Junior Category

Brandon says he didn’t expect to win the junior category. The running joke at home — he was rushing to unload. He’s been having a not-so-bad case of diarrhea the past 3 days. I guess his recent training from Coaches Bans Mendoza, Arjuna Saulo and Athena Mendoza has helped him build confidence. Personally, I’d like to thank Jack and Edzel for always taking care of Bran.

Father and SonLaoaguenosTop 3Levin de la Cruz, 3rd placer in the junior category.

UntitledUntitledGian and Bran with Jeric Farr, champion of the expert category.

UntitledUntitledWith Lester Lebumfacil of Baguio.

Batibols BikersBatibolsThe Batibols Family

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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…

PineRestLocal GuideBrandon's Tire

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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