Words: Walrus // Photos: Dugong
The Philippine’s premiere Enduro Rider, Gabriel Amigo III, fresh from his 3rd place finish at the recently held Yakru Enduro, navigating the steep slimy roots of Special Stage 1.
November in the Philippines is known for 3 things; All Souls Celebration, 2nd Month of the Christmas Season and the annual Beer Enduro Attack in Mt. Samat, Bataan. This year marks the 6th instalment and also serves as the Finale for the Enduro Alliance Race Series Season 3.
Almost 400 hundred riders once again flocked to the quiet town of Pilar, Bataan, site of the infamous Death March, eager to test their skills and spirit on probably the most physically demanding track of the series. A welcome change for most is the use of shuttle assistance for all liaison stages. What the race now lacks in pedalling, it sure made up for in unlimited roots, rocks and roughness.
Stage 1 starts with a steep rocky chute leading onto a network of slick roots just waiting for the unsuspecting rider to make a mistake. A little bit too much brake or lean here and you’ll be on the floor faster than a millennial gets offended. Survive the entrance and you’ll be treated to fast flowy singletrack with short punchy climbs and mini-rock gardens in between.
50 and Forever Category King Pin Ronald “Onak” Ortiz showing it how it's done at SS1.
Ronald “Ulul” Dela Rosa at speed in the first sector of Special Stage 1. He, unfortunately, had to retire after the first stage due to hyperglycemia (blood sugar of 310 according to Ronald). Interview of the medical staff revealed the true reason for his DNF is “severe palpitation due to Leopoldo Ocampo”.
Perennial 30-39 top rider Epi Cruz narrowly missing a huge rock on SS1. People say the secret to Epi’s speed and consistency is his supreme obedience to his wife’s “Be Home By Dinner Or Else” command.
Saturday’s peanut butter grease fest turned to tacky hero dirt by race day on Sunday.
Randy "Bosspaps" Palma throwing wild shapes on his bike on the way to finishing just outside of the top 10. Not bad for a guy with beer flowing in his veins majority of the time.
Special Stage 2 is the longest of all the stages with 3 distinct sections. The first section is composed of an under-the-canopy single track with short tight berms followed by long sweeping off-camber corners. Rains from the previous days limited the number of lines available with the upper line proving to be the safest and fastest route.
Sector 2, dubbed “The Highway,” is the fastest section of the track with multiple line options with only your balls as your limiting factor. It may be the fastest but it is also the rowdiest with unending sections of sharp rocks protruding from terra firma. Surviving this section rewards you with the final part of the stage called “The Tunnel" — a long flowy section made from natural rain ruts that just begs you to let go of the brakes and let it all hang out. Several small drops accentuate the fun factor of this section.
Warp speed onto Special Stage 2.
Tony “Toyo” Velasco and Welmer “Piki” Velayo at the start gate of SS2. Both are in the running for the 40-49 overall standings with only 2 stages left in the season.
Jared Cabrera Leong’s helmet with the remnants of last leg’s head-on collision with a boulder.
Eventual 30-39 Category Overall Champion, Dennis Acdol at the Special Stage 2 rock drop entrance.
Harry Peralta of Team LUAT at the mid-section of SS2. He also had to retire due to knee complications from a previous crash.
Jap “Weng Weng” Paita with no regard for boulders and rocks aboard his special edition Santa Cruz Bronson 29.
JP Maglonzo backing it in on one of the few catch berms in SS2.
The Final Stage of the race is also B.E.E.Rs DH track. That should be a sign of things to come. It shares the same starting section as SS1 but veers right immediately after the steep chute. From here, a fast smooth section warms you up for the carnage that comes after. From awkward low speed drops to speed jumps to rock gardens, this track has it all. If that’s not enough, the finish line is an uphill climb right after a creek gap, because why not?
The only part of SS3 where your arms and legs can get a rest. The rest of it just pure mayhem.
Edgar “Foeser” Reyes taking the gap jump with William Roberto choosing the B Line.
Walrus “Tree Hugger” Halamani on the SS3 finish line gap. Still holds the record for the most trees hugged in a run for the whole series.
Beer and Bikes. What more do you need?
Race Plate 001 for Nino Martin Eday.
Only a select few earned the right to wear the Season Finisher shirt.
Heart sign and smiles from the Local Race Organizers of the 7 Legs of the Season 3 Enduro Alliance series.
ResultsMen Open Category
Season 3 Overall Men’s Elite Winner Nino Martin Eday enjoying the final moments of Enduro Alliance Race Series.
1st place: Gab Amigo
2nd place: Miguel Belena
3rd place: Nino Martin EdayMen 50 and up Category
1st place: Ronaldo Ortiz
2nd place: Norman Sacote
3rd place: Audel SisonMen 40 and up Category
1st place: Erick Palomo
2nd place: Welmer Velayo
3rd place: Gerry SandersMen 30 and up Category
1st place: Dennis Acdol Jr
2nd place: Mark Kris dela Vega
3rd place: Adrian Nino VillanuevaMen 20 and up Category
1st place: Jhussel Bool
2nd place: Joshua Cabalquinto
3rd place: Reymond ConcepcionMen 19 and below Category
1st place: Alden Sison Comeroz
2nd place: Mc Kevin Ruiz
3rd place: Miguel Paulo CustodioWomen Open Category
1st place: Marinela Puno
2nd place: Joyce del Socorro
3rd place: Patricia Louella Rubio
That’s a wrap for Season 3 and last year of Enduro Alliance Race Series. It has been a fun-filled 3 years which launched a whole slew of equally exciting races. With these races taking over as the premier racing league, the core group has decided to go another direction: Grassroots with one goal in mind, bringing back the fun in Enduro. Till next time, see you at the races!