December 5, 2023

Drexel Acosta has emerged as champion in the four-stroke production open in the 1st Enduro Challenge that drew close to a hundred motorbikers that saw action along the Nangalisan River in Tuba, Benguet on March 26.

Bren Jorell Martinez showed his mettle and ruled the two-stroke production of the event that saw participants navigating the challenging four-kilometer route.

Jessie Saguipel ruled the four-stroke enduro while Benjie Garcia topped the all-China while Benson Macli-ing proved he still got power in the golden category.

Joven Bantic won the riding-in-tandem category while the group of Jason Lachica, Drexel Acosta, Enzel Mablay, Kent Domeyeg, and Marvin Custodio topped the five-man team category.

Organizer Benedict Valenciano said they wanted to promote the enduro challenge, especially to the younger generation, especially on how bikers would navigate rough terrains. 

Valenciano, also the proprietor of the eco-adventure site Eon Grace Adventure Farm, said the sport also practices safety by using gears for the bikers and placing marshals along the competition route.

The Eon Grace Adventure Farm is located in Barangay San Pascual, which offers camping, biking, enduro, and overnight stay.

The enduro motorcycle sport is an off-road competition which could be long-distance or a time trial event just like the previous held competition.  

The various towns of Benguet have been mounting enduro challenge motorbike and mountain bike through the years due to the uphill and rocky terrains of the province.

Motorbike is used as a mode of transportation in many parts of the province, especially in far-flung areas where access to vehicles is hard, making locals a good fit for the enduro motorbike sports. – Ofelia C. Empian