SUBIC, Zambales — Off-road cyclists Kimi Grande and Jeffrey Tenedero conquered the short — but very challenging — trail as they ruled the 1st Fun, Ride, Bike (FRIKE) Enduro Challenge over the weekend at the Pamulaklakin Forest Trail here.
Grande dominated the full-suspension category of the 2.5-kilometer event in five minutes and 39.9 seconds at the Paco 55 three-kilometer Enduro track.
Tenedero, for his part, clocked 6:15.1 in the hard trail (no suspension) event.
Grande and Tenedero also won the Best Jump award in their respective events of this tournament hosted by Le Charme Suites and Le Charme Fitness Center.
Competitors were released individually with 20 to 30 seconds intervals from a downhill starting area. They were also timed individually during the race which was held inside the Aeta tribal reservation located inside the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) grounds.
Enthusiasts said the race could have been longer, but since it is just the inaugural edition, organizers decided to shorten the course and turn it into a one-day affair instead of the usual two to three days.
Le Charme chief executive officer Josephine Floresca said they had a turnout of more than 50 competitors, but they limited the field to make sure that everybody will have fun.
She said they will definitely come up with a bigger, more competitive field in the future and hold it annually from 30 April to 1 May so that participants will get to enjoy the race.
“We aim to have a light race rather than a hardcore one. This race is really for fun,” Floresca said.
“We plan to hold it every 30 April since the following day would be a holiday. This is so that they would be able to come and have fun.”
The Pamulaklakin area is a mixture of challenging and eco-friendly routes.
The first is the Paco Trail, which was developed by a local mountain bike aficionado in Romeo “Paco” Tagle in 2015 and the second is the Makoy Trail, which was developed in 2012.
Floresca said their activity was held with the support of the SBMA, the Aeta community and staff of Le Charme Suites, who developed the facilities for the enjoyment of both competitive and leisure bikers alike.