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