(Photo By: Jamil Buergo/Sports Gateway PH)
Mountain bikers trooped to Filinvest City last October 3-4 and competed in a physically and mentally challenging Endurance Weekend held in the bike trails of Filinvest City in Alabang.
Participants of the Endurance Weekend had to choose from three categories of 6-hours, 12-hours, and the 24-hours bike challenge. Bikers had to traverse an estimated 5.5-kilometer bike trail and complete as many laps as possbile within their respective categories.
Over 200 local mountain bikers joined the round-the-clock race. Aside from the three time categories, participants in the 6 and 12 hour categories were subdivided into age categories of 29 & below, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and above. An elite category was also put in to the 6 and 12-hour races. The 24-hour race was an open category. There were also relay teams that participated in the 12 and 24-hour categories.
The 24-hour race started at noon of Saturday. From the gun-start, bikers wasted no time as they pushed to their bike’s top speed in a downhill start on to the trails.
Team BMC’s Alvin Benosa, a member of the Philippine Mountain Bike Team for the 2010 Asian games, ruled the 24-hour Open Category with 72 laps under his belt. He was followed closely by Froilan Veranga of Epic Cyles with 71 laps. Elmo Clarabal of Team Ford Forza did 68 laps and settled for third place. Gezelle Butala, a lone female participant in the 24-hour category, did 29 laps. SPDESIGN Builders Cycling Team, composed of Aldrin Pajo, Garlan Romarez & Wilfred Cuelo ruled the 24-hour team category with 80 laps.
Another Team BMC member, Edmhel John Flores topped the 12-hour category doing 40 laps. JM Mapacpac and Frankie Liabann settled for second (37 laps) and third (36 laps) respectively. On the distaff side, Melissa Jane Aroda of the Philippine Airforce Cycling Team had 27 laps as she bested Gemma Montero (Team Carbo) who did 25 laps.
In the 6-hour Male Elite category, Michael Climaco, Nicho Lumay and Eboy Quinones finished in that order all finishing with 23 laps. Over at the women’s side, Ariana The Patrice Dormitorio successfully defended her 6-hour Female Elite title as she logged in 20 laps. A distant second and third were Anna Mapua and Maria Chiqui Galedo who both finished with 14 laps.
The Endurance Weekend 2015, which is already on its third year, was held in Filinvest City. Event partners of Endurance Weekend are Alpine Starts, Bell, Ellsworth, Epic Cycles and Felt Bicycle Philippines.