The 3rd Leg of the 2019 Enduro Alliance Series and the 7th installment of The Papaya Cup brings us to the nestled hills of Bgy. Kalawakan, Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan. No electricity, cell signal or other modern amenities here. Just pure, unadulterated, raw trails prepared by the Bulacan Carebears that made the previous legs seem like a warm-up.
After a 5km trek up the mountain from the first liaison, the riders are greeted with epic views from the Sierra Madres. Special Stage 1 starts with a steep, loose line down the north ridge of mountain. The rest of the stage features short, punchy, off-camber climbs and DRT's signature feature - 800mm wide tunnels. Catch a bar end on on one of these bad boys and you'll know how it feels to be a human pinball the rest of the way.
Special Stage 2 starts from the same point as the previous stage but this time taking the south ridge. Almost unlimited lines and line transfers await the racers. Race this stage blind and you're in for a wild ride. One line maybe the safest, albeit slowest. Next one to it will lead you to the shortest route, although with a 6 foot drop off with a 2 feet wide landing. Pick your own poison.
Liaison 3 is a back-track of Special Stage 1 and one the racers considered the hardest part of the race. This is where the Endurance part of Enduro comes in. Spirit of Enduro mofos.
Special Stage 3 (Reverse of Liaison 1 and 2) consist of a steep, blown out fire road that leads back to the foot of the mountain. Overtaking is almost impossible due to visibility issues when coming upon your 30 second man/woman. Traction is also lacking due to 6" powder covering the tracks. All these end with a small kicker for the crowd's entertainment and a quick dip in the stream before crossing the finish line.
It wouldn't be a Papaya Cup without overflowing food and beer prepared by the generous hosts. None of it as important as the succulent roast pig that makes the aches and pain all magically go away.
In typical tradition, the Bulacan Carebears again succeed in bringing back the full enduro experience. No, this is not a multi-stage downhill race. This is Enduro.
Results:Men Open Category
1st place: Jerich Farr
2nd place: Nino Martin Eday
3rd place: Kenneth BanicoMen 50 and up Category
1st place: Ronaldo Ortiz
2nd place: Guy Weglewski
3rd place: Audel SisonMen 40 and up Category
1st place: Erick Palomo
2nd place: Clinton Li Chuan
3rd place: Philander LayosMen 30 and up Category
1st place: Dennis Jr Acdol
2nd place: Aljay Monayao
3rd place: Chester CruzMen 20 and up Category
1st place: Jhussel Bool
2nd place: Emmanuel Cabalquinto
3rd place: Agustus Czar BassigMen 19 and below Category
1st place: Mc Kevin Ruiz
2nd place: Kimi Grande
3rd place: Knup ImperialWomen Open Category
1st place: Joyce del Socorro
2nd place: Patricia Louella Rubio
3rd place: Coleen Cruz