In a show of support for the development of Philippine sports, Mahindra Philippines recently powered the BMC Philippines Mountain Bike Racing Team as it joined the 7-Eleven Trail 2016, a 38-kilometer cross-country mountain bike race held at Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.
Now on its third year, the 7-Eleven Trail Series is one of the biggest off-road events in the country. The brainchild of Philippine Seven Corporation president Victor Paterno, an avid mountain biker himself, the Trail Series brings mass participation races off-road, much in the same way their Run and Ride series opened the doors to running and road cycling. Over 1,500 racers participated this year making it the largest one-day mountain biking event to date, with at least the same number watching from the sidelines.
The BMC Team, continuing their solid performance from 2015 and the early races so far in 2016, racked up several podium results including EJ Flores, first place Place Overall/Male Open. EJ was the favorite entering the race as defending champion. He was able to live up to his expectations, leading from practically start to finish.
Gica Limjoco won third place Women’s Open. Coming off a second place finish in the recent Xterra Albay Off Road Triathlon, Gica continues to show her strong form.
Angelo Iballa, third place 16 to 18 Age Group. The youngest racer on the team, Gelo balances school with training and is starting to show strong promise for the future.
Mervin Santiago, fifth place, 20 to 24 Age Group. Mervin also recently completed Xterra Albay, finishing first in his age group and in the top 20 overall, and top 10 among Filipino and Asian Elites. He is showing himself as a promising Mountain Biker as well, despite being relatively new to the sport.
Ahleem Zape, second place, 30 to 34 Age Group. Ahleem is the veteran of the team and is consistently one of the favorites whenever he dons a race number.
Jevis Aguila, BMC team manager raced strongly in the tough 35 to 39 Age Group, where there are full of other seasoned racers. His careful preparation showed as he improved on his time from last year.
The BMC Philippines Mountain Bike Racing Team, powered by Mahindra and outfitted by Fox Head Philippines, was made up of Elite and Age Group mountain bikers.
The Mahindra Enforcer, the BMC Philippines Mtb Team’s Official Team Vehicle, was visible along the crossroads of the 32-kilometer mark of the course, in full view of the hundreds of spectators gathered there to watch the race. This Mahindra Enforcer is up for a new Team Color facelift, courtesy of custom specialist, Foil-A-Car. Watch out for it on the roads soon! The team wore their brand new uniforms, helmets and gloves from Fox Head Philippines during the race and their caps during the awarding ceremonies.