CROSS-COUNTRY racers were once again tested at the 7-Eleven Trail 2019 which was held last week at the Timberland Heights in San Mateo, Rizal.
One of the most-anticipated cross-country races in the Philippines, some 3,000 cyclists participated in this year’s edition of the event, its sixth year of staging.
The 7-Eleven Trail 2019 offered two categories, namely the 30-kilometer race and 40-km race.
Both distances used one big single loop course, with the 40-km race having two black diamond sections.
Organizers said that this year’s race course was a mix of road climbs (10%), fire road (30%), and single-track (60%).
They said that the continued tweaking of the course was designed to make the race — which is 7-Eleven’s way of showing its commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and a deeper appreciation for the environment — fresh and something to look forward to for participants.
Emerging with podium finishes at the 7-Eleven Trail 2019 were Alvin Benosa (1st), Archie Duran (2nd) and Jericho Rivera in the men’s 40-KM race; and Cailh Jeron Mariano, Christian Polintan Carlos and Genesis Orozco in the men’s 30-KM race.
On the women’s side, winners were Ariana Dormitorio (1st), Nicole Quinones (2nd) and Melissa Jane Jaroda (3rd) in the 40-KM race; and Emily Bagaso, Veronica Maglapuz and Lwahna Mavecka Montanes in the 30-KM race. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo