Daredevils to troop to Busay this Sunday-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
THE mountain barangay of Taptap will be busy this weekend as some of the country’s most daring cyclists join the Enduro Ta Bai, the fourth leg of the Enduro Pilipinas Series this Sunday.
Wendell Barba, cousin of the celebrated Barba brothers, who are known downhilling experts of the country, will be among the 97 participants. They will answer to the challenge of the technical downhill course, which is about 700 meters above sea level.
According to race organizer Adrian Walag, the Enduro mountainbike race is a relatively new sport.
It originated in Europe.
Walag added that it aimed to test the riders’ strength, speed, endurance, and technical skills.
“It is different from cross-country mountain bike racing in the sense that it is not purely pedaling and it involves being fast in finishing the race course. It is also different from downhill mountainbike racing in the sense that it requires the athletes to pedal, carry, walk their bikes before going to a downhill section. The rider with the fastest total downhill time wins. So, it is possible that the first one to finish isn't the first one to win,” Walag said.
Walag added that the participants will be passing through Barangays Tagbao, Sirao, Pungol-Sibugay, Bonbon, Sudlon I and Sudlon II, Sinsin, and Buot-Taup and will roughly cover 30 kilometers, with 13K of special stages and 17K of liaison stages.
Walag also said that while it is challenging, the downhill speeds might be slower than pure downhill.
“Kay kapoy kaayo mo subida then downhill napud. Techinical sab ang terrain sa enduro.
In the middle of the special stage, they might be required to carry their bikes or pedal or even push. Unya magdali pa kay time trial man. Kapoy gyud. Test of endurance and technical skills gyud ni na race,” said Walag.
The race will have three stages unlike in the previous events because of the terrains of Cebu.
“Maka matay ang mga subida. Dili sab kaayu rough ang agianan sa liaison stages kay gi cemento naman nato ang mga baranggay roads. It will start at the Tagbao spill-way and end in the buot-taup gym passing by Taptap, Sirao, Pungol-Sibugay, Bonbon, Sudlon I and II, Sinsin, and Buot-Taup,” Walag said.
Participants will start arriving today with racers staying in one of the villas of Leyson's Peak.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 23, 2013.