MOAB Inc. Would like to give thanks to team UCCI Mam Jeana E Jem – Iligan, 7016ENURO – Pagadian, SINGLETRAX – Dipolog, BRT – #padagata, MOAB – Jimenez, for dropping by & being part of our club race yesterday April 29, 2018. The race was truly a success and we hope everyone enjoy our 3 stages race. We appreciate your time and effort to travel far just to be with us. Many thanks also to our team mates, Sir Willie Chiong for your bongo track, Elibon Penaco for assisting the food even though your in Davao still you support is always in the team, to Sir Angel Arpon for the drinks and to all MOAB members who helped and always do the quality work. Thank you!
We would like to extend our gratitude to all who understands our sentiments and passion!
Lanao del Norte is situated in Northern Mindanao, along the northwest and southwest coast of the Mindanao Island. Its boundaries include Iligan Bay on the North, the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon to the East, Illana Bay and the Celebes Sea to the South and Southwest, and the province of Zamboanga del Sur and Panguil Bay to the West, with the province of Misamis Occidental on the opposite side of Panguil Bay, where the home of LANORTEMAN.
A 19 year old student of Misamis University, Ozamiz City, starting off his year making the history, MOAB represent Jeremy Pepito got his 3 times in a row to the spot of a Champion in sprint category LANORTEMAN with finished time of 1 hour and 10 minutes last April 8, 2018. After a smart and conservative race strategy that brought his through the 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run, Jeremy gave everything he has on the final lap of the run to earn the champion and his 3 times victory of LANORTEMAN. When Jeremy lined up at the start of his race last weekend, he didn’t know what to expect. He was nervous and excited but mostly determined to finish the 16 miles swim, bike and run race.
“Everytime i race I felt nervous to do it with a larger group of people in a larger body of water,” he said. “I was scared I was going to get hit or kicked, so I just had to focus.”
After a great swim, he was set to tackle whatever challenges awaited his on the bike and run course.
“It’s funny because I’m a runner, yet the run was the most uncomfortable part for me,” he said, with a laugh. “It was hot and really humid.”
“It was definitely one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done,” he said. “When I finally saw the finish line I just wanted to scream ‘I can’t believe I did this.’
“I’m not an elite athlete and I’m not in the best shape in the world, I’m just an average person who just wanted to challenge myself and I was able to finish it.”
For Jeremy highlighted, LANORTEMAN was a great experience and fulfillment, being a student is not easy to trained the 3 discipline race but still he proved that “No matter how many obstacles that are thrown in our path, there are ways to except them and to live through them”. Congrats Jeremy may God give you more strength and wisdom.
The Himalayas are home to some of the most immaculate landscapes, spiritual cultures and pristine valleys in the world. Until a few years back, visitors came to this inspiring region mostly to trek, climb, raft or to see the tigers in the wild. Now mountain biking has gained a strong ground, and this thrilling adventure sport is here to stay.
MOAB Represent Jannoki Sorellag got 15th place Elite Category on his first international race, the “Asian Enduro Series” last April 4-9, 2018. The 2 days race is divided into 8 stages along the trails of Himalayas mountains with the highest point at 2,100m at Nagarkot Hills, Kathmandu, Nepal hosted by GNARLY.
This year’s winning champ was given to National Geographic Adventurer of the year one of asia’s fastest mountain biker Rajesh Magar local rider from team YETI FOX Nepal, while second place went to veteran rider Yorie Sahara from Batik Air Racing Team, with Prachi Thapa Magar from Gravity Nepal taking the third place. The rest of the results will be posted at GNARLY website.
Mangima is located at Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon also known as the Baguio of the South, with all its zigzaging roads, steep cliffs, and breath-taking vistas! Located along the Mangima Canyon and road known as the Kennon Road by the South, Mangima Canyon Springs and Country Park is a Local Government Unit-operated resort with an area of approximately 6 hectares of hills, mountains and flourishing trees, where the 2nd Mangima Enduro Challenge is held.
MOAB Represent 15 of our ENDURO team mates participated the 2nd Mangima Enduro Challenge last March 11, 2018. The 5 grueling stages with dusty mangima stones led us to rode by instinct, wondering a bit about every little opening in the otherwise impenetrable landscape. Dropping into the more promising but seldom finding more than a quick drop down to a scratchy halt. It was of course pretty entertaining to ride in the chaos and to be able to use our experience as an extreme tester for skill, theories and to see what really really works equipment wise when the conditions are super foul! Looking back… we loved every bit of it, even and maybe especially driving ourselves to our own limit. We finished off the day with laughter, full of adrenaline and fun big thanks to Mr. Renax Lim for the awesome course definitely the best bike park in the region.
Thank you and congrats Mayor Clive D. Quiño & Team Cdo Bikelab headed by Mr. Renax Lim for the fun and successful event. Unlimited berms, drop offs, rockies and jumps is what makes Mangima, Manolo Fortich is one of the best destination for Enduro Biking in Mindanao. Thanks to all our team mates for the fun and adventure, specially to our President Mick Dinulos for always there for the team, to bro Jojo Cagaanan and Dodge Cagaananthanx for your support for the team and our ever supportive Vincent Ocampos as our team technical assitance and to Jeffrey Jeprox Hernandoas our team support crew and of-course to our ever supportive families for letting us join the event and to God be all the glory and praise. Until next race team MOAB.
We at Misamis Occidental Association of Bikers (MOAB) Inc., would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all supreme riders who participated in our two events. It is our utmost hope that you fully enjoyed yourselves out there in the trails; stage after stage, course after course. Many thanks fellow bikers for your ardent support and friendship, we hope to see you soon in your hosted events and our future competitions too. We would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the overwhelming support and dedication of the Local Government Unit of Tangub City headed by Mayor Philip Tan and his equally supportive wife, Ma’am Jennifer Tan / Jennifer Tan Due to your extreme generosity and significant assistance, we were able to successfully conclude the two events. Thank you very much for helping us promote and advocate Fertig Hills as a prime spot for Enduro riders as well as many thanks for indulging us on our love for our bikes. Thank you, once again, Mayor Philip and Ma’am Jenny, we truly appreciate your efforts and our earnest respects! To all our sponsors, many many thanks for your generosity. Also, our deepest gratitude and appreciation to each and every member of the MOAB community together with their family and friends, for their unwavering support and cooperation. Thank you very much for dedicating a huge chunk of your time and energy, for the overall success of the events. You guys are the best! And that was a wrap for the Malindang Enduro 2017. Thank you very much everyone and God bless us all!
This year’s BikeCamp destination by MOABOzamiz is the summer capital of MisamisOccidental, DonVictorianoChiongbian. Who would have thought that in the midst of this modest municipality lays the phenomenal, curtain- like “Piduan Waterfalls” which most locals dub as “Piduwaan” (I don’t know what it means, though). I cannot lie that the trudge going to that stunning location is quite gruesome and grisly. The approximate 3-hour trek is a combination of brutal uphill and nasty downhill into, across and around Piduan Valley and its cold rivers. Practically everybody in the group were left absolutely feeling exhausted and beaten from the long expedition but the second we saw the magnificent and marvelous landscape, all that feelings of exhaustion and fatigue were instantaneously substituted with a mixed feeling of euphoria and bliss. The scenery is completely breathtaking and the pristine and immaculate waters are simply incredible. Indeed, the gruesome journey is definitely worth the beauty that is Piduan Falls.
Maybe some of you are wondering what a “Bike Camp” is. Well, bike camp is biking and camping combined together. It is a self-contained cycling flight with a touch of mountaineering on the side. It’s an evolution of a long time practice of my friends and I which we dubbed as “bikepacking” meaning, you condition your bike, pack up your biking and mountain climbing gears and go. There are no VIP accommodations. One must only sleep inside their respective tents, sleeping bags or hammocks and let your consciousness sense the vibe of the lulling wind, the cold atmosphere and the tranquil night. As most people ask why we do it, only a few can understand. Only those who are lovers of mountain bikes and of the environment can appreciate the sweet encounter of being one with nature. As for me, to experience the mountains leaves me feeling elated as I witness the beauty of Mother Earth unfold before my eyes. It makes me view life in a whole different perspective making me appreciate both sides of present day living; its simplicity and complexity, its gentleness and cruelty and its hardships and ease. As a mountaineer myself, nature lets me see the candor of the people residing in the mountainsides living such modest and ingenuous lives, with their simple houses and humble clothes going about their business carrying baskets on their backs filled with different kinds of freshly picked crops and selling them to get by the day. There is just an air of austerity in their frugal living that which makes you want to stop on your tracks and ponder whenever you want to grumble about this modern city life.
When Mick and I planned this bike camp trip, I was only expecting 5 to 8 persons to sign up. When I found out that more than 20 people enlisted, I was left feeling quite worried and concerned. Experience taught me that the larger the group is the more probability there is of any chances of something going eerily wrong such as flat tires, broken spokes, muscle cramps, injuries, mental breakdowns, dehydration, and the like. It is just statistics speaking but somehow it feels like more than that hence, I was nervous and anxious. In the first day of our journey, we pedaled through Mahayag and Josefina which are brutally steep uphills. Everyone maneuvered through the atrocious pavements, mentally concentrating on reaching the destination that is the Don Vic Gymnasium which served as the H.Q. for the event. As we reached the base camp, traces of pride and satisfaction are plastered on everybody’s faces and I couldn’t help but feel proud and ecstatic myself looking at everybody feeling dog-tired but fulfilled. I most definitely didn’t show it but I was pretty much beside myself with admiration and love for every rider that day. My previous worries faded as I was confident that this group of cyclists can, without a doubt, pull this off. Thereupon, I have proved that, undoubtedly, it is not about the destination but the journey itself that makes everything worthwhile.
Kudos to the people of Don Victoriano! The place is absolutely worth visiting.