San Mateo, Rizal – Hundreds of bikers endured blood, sweat and skin tears to stand on the proverbial throne and be declared King of the Mountain! The 10th edition of the Timberland Heights King of the Mountain (TKOM) bike race was a resounding success. Organized by All Terra Cyclery, the event was held last May 22, 2016 at Timberland Heights subdivision, a development by Filinvest Land Inc.
The annual cross-country race features steep inclines and single track sections. The race is on a 25 km track of mixed dirt and paved roads. Immediately after the starting line, participants are challenged by the villainous paved section popularly known as “Wall 1” followed by “Walls 2 and 3”, which totals to a 1,000 ft. climb. Technical dirt sections like the blue zone, green zone, and black diamond will test the participants skill and craft in navigating jumps, drops, burms, and switch-backs. Track developer Jason Gabriano followed trail standards design recognized worldwide.
Over 400 bikers participated in the race. Race categories encompass Men, Women and Kids. The oldest participant was 63 years old while the youngest was 12. First to the finish line was Alvin Benosa of the BMC team, who also topped the TKOM 2015 edition. The women’s Champion is Ariana Dormitorio of team Specialized; it’s her 7th straight win, she also finished 16th overall.
Every biker who arrived at the finish line deservingly was awarded medals. Many were sporting battle wounds from tumbles from the unforgiving track; others could barely get down from their bikes due to cramping legs and thighs. First aid responders were ready to provide wound dressing and muscle cramp spray. Finishing on top is always noble; for the rest, overcoming the grind and not giving up is Royal!
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