A mountain bike challenge to join before the year ends (2013), this time should be outside my province (Pangasinan) and must try a different mountain bike trail course of Paniqui, Tarlac Philippines. The team went to Tarlac to shave their trail and taste our bitter sweet mountain bikes. Jaguar Team of Dagupan City Cycling Club – Mountain Bike, raced and beat those Tarlackenos.
5am – December 21, 2013, my team drove two hours and a half excitedly, though I wasn’t sure if I could conquersince I’ve have never visited the tracks. Those mountain bikers near race tracks must be very confident and familiar with the trail. The course is a ride of thirty kilometers (30km) before you get into the finish line. Under female category, I will be competing with the only lady biker in Tarlac.
The plan is not to compete but to enjoy the track and finish it strong however, there are some points and weaknesses I saw on my competitor. She lives nearby the City so I assumed she practiced and visited the trail many times. The course has a 60% rough and “lahar” road and the rest is a vehicle road. On the first five minutes after they release us, I felt I wasn’t strong enough and so I just had to focus on my strength and goal. Along the course, it’s quite tough racing with her as we pass along each other; there are few bikers with her helping her I guess. Then two road bikers let her go and then blocking my way. They were riding racers and along the course a two way out and I was confused because of no signs. The two roadies don’t know the way out and has really intention to get me out of her way to finish line. Luckily, a woman pointed out me the way, and the two roadies followed. What a shameful tactics of those two just to save a lady without competing, a show off!
The confusing race didn’t stopped there, as I’m approaching the 3km to finish line a marshall pointed the wrong way, so I wasted 4km of ride. Well, now I understand some people can’t take the competition the right way. On my way to finish line, I saw the two freakin roadies who blocked my way inside the trail and tried to lost me, they smiled and cheered. Anyway, I was really disappointed on the event and my team has the same feeling, it is what it is and we just have to let go. My speedometer showed a 40km ride, and I wasted 10km. I know what happened inside the trail which insulted my strength, at least I had a fair and clean fight though I’m just a visitor with 10 guys who traveled that far and Dagupan mountain bikers showed how strong and friendly we are.