MOUNTAIN bikers are challenged to exceed their limits in the 2015 Filinvest City Endurance Weekend on October 3-4.
During the race briefing at the Crimson Hotel in Filinvest City in Alabang on Tuesday evening, Don Ubaldo, Filinvest City project head, said the third edition of the annual race will feature a challenging 24-hour category to complement the 12- and six-hour staples from previous years.
“We are mounting the event as a way of giving back to the mountain bike community and their continued support,” said Ubaldo, who is expecting 500 participants to hit the trails for the two-day event.
Weekends at Filinvest City have seen bikers flock to the sprawling commercial-residential enclave in the southern suburbs of Metro Manila where newbies and veterans try their hand in the dirt trails.
The 24- and 12- hour categories will be divided into several age groups that range from 29 years old and below, 30-49 and 50 and above. Participants can join in solo or as part of a three-man team.
Registration fee covers an event-specific bike jersey and finishers will receive a medal. Cash prizes will be awarded to podium finishers.
Race organizer Jeremy Go said that the six-kilometer route is a mix of road and trail that would be “different” from the past years and designed to spread out the riders, who will tackle a variety of uphill and downhill slopes, a climb to a reservoir, tree-lined trails and, depending on raceday conditions, occasional waterways.
Team Ariana’s Donji Dormitorio, a veteran of past races, described endurance races as “one of the most difficult in any sport."
“If you’re trying to prove something to yourself, go for 24 hours. (These type of races are) very timely and this is a good training ground for upcoming all-terrain events in the latter part of the year."