Race Report: Round 7 of The Papaya Cup - Bulcan, Philippines

Apr 1, 2019 at 3:59
by TheFlyingLandWalrus  

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.

While most racers were tiptoeing their way down the steep SS1 start, Nino Eday had other plans.

A rare sighting of Jhussel "Volt Volt" Bool with his pants on. No crying this time.

A large group of hecklers consisting of two members, giving moral support to the racers. They call themselves the Dirty Hecklers.

It's tough to focus on your line with views this good.

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.

50 and forever champ Onak Ortiz at one of the few select tame parts of SS2.

Tight racing in the 50 and forever category with Philip Berenguer leading the way.

One of the tricky transfers of SS2. Phil Layos makes it look easy-peasy.

Tunnel human pinball section at SS2

Jun Alavaro, foot out flat out, at the bamboo section of SS2

Vincent Pinon near the end of SS2.

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.

Today's Iron Man: Antonio Pacheco finishing the race with a broken collarbone and hitting the final jump just for kicks. He also finished 14th place in his category. Not bad for someone with a completely separated clavicle.

Dao Ming Dru del Rosario flat out at the end of SS3.

Ronald dela Rosa providing timely hydration at the finish line. Jawo Pangilinan looks like he appreciates the gesture.

CoCo dela Cruz with the aftermath of kissing a wall; Ritche Rodriguez with a dislocated shoulder

Randy Palma went back up SS2 post-race to recover his visor; he got a high five from Papa Bear Joseph Cosico

Succulent roast pig, aka lechon, being chopped by chef Alex de Leon

Bulacan Carebears' Zider Lubiano's finisher's kit inventory system: listing raceplate numbers on the side of the cardboard box.

It's not a Papaya Cup without the papayas. These literally are the trophies.

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.

Men Open Category
1st place: Jerich Farr
2nd place: Nino Martin Eday
3rd place: Kenneth Banico

Men 50 and up Category
1st place: Ronaldo Ortiz
2nd place: Guy Weglewski
3rd place: Audel Sison

Men 40 and up Category
1st place: Erick Palomo
2nd place: Clinton Li Chuan
3rd place: Philander Layos

Men 30 and up Category
1st place: Dennis Jr Acdol
2nd place: Aljay Monayao
3rd place: Chester Cruz

Men 20 and up Category
1st place: Jhussel Bool
2nd place: Emmanuel Cabalquinto
3rd place: Agustus Czar Bassig

Men 19 and below Category
1st place: Mc Kevin Ruiz
2nd place: Kimi Grande
3rd place: Knup Imperial

Women Open Category
1st place: Joyce del Socorro
2nd place: Patricia Louella Rubio
3rd place: Coleen Cruz


  • 3 0
 800mm wide bars is a no-no on that tunnel. Thanks for words and awesome pictures Bro Walrus and Ma'am Isa
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the support bro!
  • 1 0
 Thanks@ TheFlyingLandWalrus
Padyak United Kingdom
Ride & Roll????????????????????????
  • 1 0
 Nice! Ride on brother!!!
  • 2 0
 Thank you Walrus!
  • 1 0
 Dirty Hecklers is where the real action is at Wink
  • 1 0
 Never a dull race with those guys around ???? - isa
  • 1 0
 Thanks Walrus and Ysa... Good job!
  • 1 0
 Thank you! Wink
  • 1 0
 galing! ganda!
  • 1 0
 Thank you sir!
  • 1 0
 The captions ????
  • 1 0
 Heckling all the way to the captions Big Grin

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