Trail fun at the Maxxis Cup 2016
We celebrated the Philippine Independence Day at the La Mesa Ecopark to play in the Maxxis Cup 2016. It was a worthwhile event with a challenging route, helpful race officials, lots of freebies and good ‘ol MTB camaraderie. Kudos to the Team Adrenaline Multisport Resources and Thumbie for bringing joy to the local MTBikers.
It has been raining a few days prior to the event last Sunday so everybody was expecting it to be a mudfest in the single track of La Mesa. The Ecopark is notorious for its unridable trails once the rain start pouring down. Luckily, it was not that wet for the sun slightly dried up the track. Plus, the organizers made a last minute decision in revising the course to make it less of a hassle for everybody.
Gun start was around 6 am so players should be at the La Mesa Ecopark earlier. I woke up at around 3:45am to get my sh*t together and leave the house in order to be at the venue because I have yet to pick up my race kit. It was hassle free and the race staff were friendly and accommodating. I got my number, sticker, timing chip bracelet, zip ties all packed into a ziplock. After attaching my numbers on the handlebar and seat post, I stretched and was ready to go.
The elite racers were first to go.
They rallied into position and when the whistle was blown, they were off…
The first part of the track is a backroad which stretched up to the far ends of La Mesa. The fire road was quite deceiving for if you were pedaling for dear life, there were some loose gravel which can lead to tire slip and eventually make you crash.
Some of the highlights of the race course were:
1. fast downhill then hard left. (there were plenty of medics there, expecting for semplangs on that area)
2. go downhill really fast in order to clear the climb up as well.
3. stream crossing. with slippery rocks.
4. single track climbs
The first ten kilometers of the race course was on the fire road and the last ten were on the single track. You can easily overtake on the fire roads but when it came down to the single track, it was really about timing and courtesy.
There were climbs but not hard enough for you to call on the granny. Some of the downhill sections were nerve wracking and if you lose control, you might end up on the side of the track.
The creek crossing was a difficult obstacle for some but if you properly choose your line on the right gear, you can overcome it. Just conquer it and don’t give up easily, that’s what I say when faced with trials like this.
The Maxxis Cup 2016 was a gathering of riders who simply want to have fun. For a minimal fee of P500, you get a finisher’s shirt, Maxxis lootbag, a finisher’s medal, two pc. bar-b-que with rice and itlog na pula and tomato PLUS the chance to ride at the La Mesa Ecopark with a timing chip. Not bad… not bad at all…
Honestly, I do not like competing in mountain bike races. I ride simply because I want to have a good time. But this race was different. I was not pressured at all, I simply gave it my best, did not rest at the stops, and thought to myself, I WILL JUST GIVE MY BEST TIME. I had a blast plus I got to ride. Thank you for that.
Here are the results of the Maxxis Cup 2016: http://www.racetecresults.com/