ROUND 3 - MALINDANG 2019

PODIUMS AND PANDEMONIUM’S – IME 2019 RACE REPORT
by:   Aljune G. Quinones


 

The third (3) round of Asian Enduro Series (AES) saw Gabriel Amigo III, Raul Tabil and Rob Brown crowned the winners in International Malindang Enduro 2019, Philippines.


In
the small city of the Philippines, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental was once more transformed into one of the biggest biking destination of the year thanks to the Asian Enduro Series. Hundreds of noisy fans lined the tracks to see their idols race on the Ozamiz iconic trails.




After the dust has finally settled and the raucous has died down, it is safe to say that it was truly a success. Definitely one for the books! The 2019 International Malindang Enduro – Asian Enduro Series Round 3 concluded last Sunday July 21, 2019. Two(2) days with Eight(8) Stages of intense Enduro racing, riders who were able to seal their spot in the event can be spotted coming up to the podium and smiling for the camera with their trophies over their heads, medals around their necks and a sense of pride plastered on their faces – a huge reward for all the sweat they shed in showcasing their skills and talent in bike ride; dipping into different types of challenges and tracks varying from rock gardens to technical ruts to very loose single tracks.


 

The 3rd Asian Enduro Series Round 3 which was held last July 20-21, 2019 at the starting line elevation of 2,770 ft ASL in Sitio Tipan Brgy. Stimson Abordo to Brgy. Trigos, Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental Philippines was participated by different countries such as USA, Colombia, Italy, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea and the Philippines.  GABRIEL AMIGO III from Bislig, Surigao del Sur of Trek Philippines managed to reign supreme in the Elite Category as he surpassed the 8 special stages with total time of 00:34:16 in the two days, beating RAUL TABIL the rat boy from Cagayan de Oro City of Team Bikelab got the 2nd spot with total time of 00:34:19 and from USA Californian rider ROB BROWN of Acura Tech Racing who finished 3rd place with the total time of 00.36:45, while the pride and champ downhiller of Dumaguete City ELEAZAR BARBA JR. got the leading time on day 1 but unfortunately he has a mechanical problem on day 2 stage 7 and did not finish the race.  In spite of big crash on the rockies section in day 1 and got minor injury on his arm Taiwanese represent CHIA-LUN CHANG  still manage to be on the 7th spot with total time of 00.40.40.

       Gabriel Amigo III – Trek, Philippines           Raul Tabil – Bikelab, Philippines 

                      Rob Brown – Acura Tech Racing, USA                       
         

Elite Category Winners

 

While on the other hand other categories standing Open Men (18-39)SAM JOSHUA BATISLAON (00:37:43) of Norcot/Kidapawanpedal/Dilaab got the 1st place, MICHAEL COSEP (00:38:46) of 7016 Endu of Pagadian City got the 2nd place, DENNIS ACDOL JR. (00:39:04) of Bagtas/Groundzero /PB got the 3rd place.  Under 18MC KEVIN RUIZ (00:37:20) of Bagtas Groundzero, ALDEN COMEROS (00:39:10) of TEAM BAYAW/FILLMAN MTB got 2nd Place, JUAN ESTEBAN LEON PUERTA (00:41:11) got 3rd place from Columbia.  Men Master B (40-49)JONATHAN VERGA (00:41:10) got the 1st place of V12radgear Cebu City, YOUN ILSANG (00:41:34) got the 2nd place from Taiwan, JESSE ANULAO (00:42:23) got the 3rd place of Norcot.  Master C (50 up)LITO PATAYAN of Cycline Butuan got the 1st place with total time of 00:48:38, NOEL REMO (00:50:33) got the 2nd place of UCCI/MOAB, RUBEN CAGAIS (1:14:40) got the 3rd place from UCCI Iligan City. And in the Women CategoryMA JOSELA DEFENSOR got the top spot with total time of 00:52:56 from Team Birdland Tacurong, followed by DIVINE DOROMAL on the 2nd spot with total time of 00:50:33 from Molave Bikers, and on the 3rd spot ANDREA CECYL PRIMERO from team UCCI Iligan with total time of 1:30:03.

 

Big CONGRATULATIONS to all winners and participating riders both local and foreign!!! Thank you for displaying toughness and endurance all through each stage in the competition and for integrating awesome camaraderie into your very core as Enduro Riders. Many thanks for coming out to experience and discover the bike paradise that is Mt. Malindang. We hope that you had the greatest time riding our trails and that you headed home with your body all pumped up with adrenaline and your hearts pulsed with awesome memories from this leg of the Asian Enduro Series. Kudos! Job well done! Cheers for more awesome rides!


 

And on this note, Misamis Occidental Association of Bikers (MOAB) would also like to thank everyone who made the 2019 International Malindang Enduro – Asia Enduro Series Round 3 a big success.  We acknowledge that nothing ever happens in any events without volunteers, sponsors, community, local government unit support and participants.  A lot of great things came out of this event along with some new and lasting relationships that has been formed and harnessed and we would like to recognize and say WE THANK YOU to all the amazing group of people who committed to work and support this good cause.

 

To all of our fantastic sponsors, we could not have done it without you all. This race wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for you and we are extremely grateful for your support. Thank you!


 

To all Marshall Volunteers thank you for ensuring the direction and securing the lines for our riders.


Clarin Cycling Club


 

Recon 10 

 

To all the medical team of Red Cross alongside the medical volunteers, thank you for ensuring that all riders are safe during their ride.


PRC, Volunteer EMS Responder and CDRRMO

 

To the community of Brgy. Stimson Abordo and Brgy. Trigos together with their barangay officials, NCIP THANK YOU for your hospitality and warmth for letting us use thy lands as foreground of the event.

 

To the Local Subanen Tribe, thank you for extending help and support during the localization of the medals and aiding hospitality.

 

 

To our Trail Builders who scouting for months, sculpting the slope, tamping the tread into place under the heat of the sun,  heavy rains, sacrificed riding time and time with their family just to find the best flow and fun for the riders, salute to this gentlemen.

 

 

Lastly, a gigantic THANK YOU to the men and women of MOAB and everyone behind the scenes who worked tirelessly especially to our president Sir MICK DINULOS  to make this event successful. It still seemed a mammoth job to pull off a biking event such as an Asian Enduro Series and a large amount of people have been involved over the last few months to bring this event to fruition. Many thanks for putting time, money and services into this event and for being a part of a big family of cycle enthusiasts keen to support one another for a good cause and a good times.


 Cheers to our partners and sponsors and we look forward to a bigger and better event in 2020!!! Keep riding, Have Fun, Just Ride. To God be all the glory and praise. God bless us all!!!

 

Race Photos Day 1

Race Photos Day 2

Photos from Socials

Round 3 Results

Full results can be found here