The field in Danao is the strongest I've seen yet, as the top Japanese, Thai, and Indonesian riders are here, some of whom have competed in the World Championships against the likes of Gwin, Minnaar, Hart, Bruni, etc.
However, we are on home loam. In addition, the local crowd is overwhelmingly for the Philippines, of course. I hope Jerich Farr, Lea Belgira, Binoy Salazar, Scott Remi, and JR Barba can get us to the promised land in their categories.
I saw Barba's crash, is that a dislocated shoulder?
and yeah, the transport of the bikes is something to be frowned upon.
broken elbow ata. ang layu ng inabot ng bike... parang hinagis. hirap din sya maglakad pag bangon.
di ko rin maintindihan dehins pa nakakaalis si barba at ang bike nya sa trail e me binitawan ng rider. dapat hanggat dehins cleared ang track walang bababa... just recalled the scenario in losinj after mcdonald’s crash.
marami pang dehins magandang ganap sa event na yan. imagine mga foreign riders pa ang nagpopost ng dehins magandang experience sa fb... public post pa
JR crashed during the last free practice. There are no gaps in free practice, riders can be let go at whatever interval they like. A rider can even hang out at a section while watching other riders take lines.
He fractured his forearm, btw, between the elbow and wrist, but he is in good spirits.
Gaps during official timed session is 1min. Finals is 2 minutes. This is typically the standard in Continental Championship events.
The only real concern was the transport of the bikes and riders, otherwise, the racing was good and the tracks were sick.
Will post about the XCO finals tomorrow after I get a bit of rest and fly back to Manila.
Of the four pinoys who raced, only Jerich had a clean run. Minalas talaga tayo.
JR took a high risk, high reward line (which nobody else rode) but he crashed though.
Scott Remi taco'd his rim on the same drop that JR crashed at, while our junior rider (Radzmier "Binoy" Salazar of Batang Patiis) broke his left collarbone also at that same double drop. Scott and Binoy took a different line, btw, but all our pinoy riders crashed at the same location.
Everybody was on attack mode pretty much because it was hero dirt yesterday. Many paid the price.
Popo Ario and Mukhib (both Barba level riders from Indonesia) broke cranks. Japan's #1 rider (highest asian on the UCI ranking) broke his handlebar (in the middle by the stem!) and was also sent to the hospital. Wheelsets and tires were being replaced almost after every run.
There were also other riders who had mechanicals and injuries on Saturday because everyone was on attack mode. Nanggigigil, ika nga.