Last weekend, we camped out at Filinvest City’s mountain bike trails for the annual Endurance Weekend. This race has been going on for some time now but this is the first time I joined it. It’s very different from other races because as the name implies, it’s all about endurance and not just speed. Instead of a race to the finish, riders must choose a time category between 6 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours. One must circle the course for as long as he/she can within the time limit and whoever acquires the most laps is the winner.
I chose to go 12 hours-solo while two of my friends chose 12 hours as well but as a pair taking turns. Our race is scheduled to start at 5 o’clock in the afternoon of Saturday and finish at 5 o’clock the next morning. We arrived at the venue after lunch and set upped our tent. I had a mishap when I saw the liquid sealant on my rear tire leaking which added to my nerves. I was a bit anxious because this is the first time in a while that I will brave the trails again after months of road riding. In addition to that, this is also the first time that I will be riding trails at night.
First lap was, like all first laps, a sprint to the single tracks. Going on to my first lap, another rider tried to overtake me and we both crashed. My calf scratched to his chain ring which caused me some terrible bleeding. I dismissed this for the next five laps before I went to the medic to have it cleaned and wrapped. After I while, I felt sleepy. I didn’t anticipate that instead of fatigue, sleepiness would be my enemy. I tried to gather some two laps after another which was interrupted by a short nap in between. All in all, I only managed to ride some 8 hours, with all 4 hours devoted to sleep.
As the morning arrived, I managed to ride 20 laps around the course. I am most thankful to my team mates, Gigolo Bikers, for supporting us all the way. All throughout the race, we just need to mind our body and our riding. The rest like punctures, mechanicals, lighting and nutrition, our support crew all accounted for. If I learned one thing from this race, it’s the importance of having good people around you. Aspiring the same goals as you and moving towards that goal one step at a time.