Last February 19th, the annual race of 711 Trail series was held at Timberland Heights, San Mateo Rizal (www.trail711.com), this time its called “711 Trail 2017”, I joined the 30Km leg as advised that the 40km race is not for slow riders haha! This will be my 3rd 711 Trail race to participate and it was MUD! (not Mad), because there was so much Mud and many riders hike and “tulak” all the way up because of many un-rideable conditions.
My first Mountain Bike race was the 711 Trail 1500 back in February 2015 and the experience was awesome and rewarding… it was tough and we only rode Timberland once for a Track read, I got my riding buddy with me, Marlon to see if we can survive this kind of Race.
Now it’s my third 711 Trail already and every race was a different experience compared to the previous two (I will “latepost” the other races some other time).
One purpose of this blog post is being prepared especially for race newbies, there are some major factors for each race and for this years 711 Trail, IT WAS THE MUD! The weather was not cooperative in the previous nights at San Mateo Rizal so the result was, the trail condition was not that “rideable”. Preparedness is the Key, so some tips I can give (personal tips, I’m not a PRO) so let’s begin:
Practice: This is one of the priority a newbie or even some with race experiences already, we need to log some mileage yes, but make sure you familiarize yourself with the Trail itself, so do your “Track Read”. Always nice to ask some veteran riders of the trail before going in… Riding the trails is very much different compared with your usual “padyakan” rides. You can get lost as well, make sure you also do your track read at least 1 week before the race, at least the Trail markers of the race is already in-place, you guys just need to follow.
Hydrate: Not ONLY during the race, but before… the night before you should be drinking lots of fluids because those intake you did will take effect after 2-3 hours in your body. DO NOT HYDRATE before gun start, you will feel bloated and not perform efficiently. Take sips during the race if needed.
Equip Yourself: Make sure you check your equipment before the race. As an addition to your usual gears (Helmet, Gloves, Protective Gears etc.) you need to have on your bag the necessary stuff… For me I always bring the following: Multi-Tool, Chain link, Zefal Tire Patch Kit, Gu Energy Gel, Snickers (or Choco Mucho pag wala budget)
As an Addition, this years 711 was Wet and Muddy, one thing I learned is to wear Surgical Gloves under your usual Bike Gloves, this will prevent your hands from freezing and wet the whole time:
The rest will be ENJOY! Mountain biking should be Fun and for your overall Wellness, whatever happens make sure you ride safely and enjoy… For me Only because I’m not the “Podium” guy and or the young guns we call “XC mamaw”
With that, I’m sharing you some pics during the race and then some.
Woke up early for this!
Some Laguna Riders came to experience 711 Trail
Entry point of Blue Zone: (My Humps)
Marlon at the Humps!
…about to go up
The EDSA Traffic got nothing on this…
When in doubt, Tulak!
Ka Vergel Area was the major Choke Point, Too Much Mud!
and of Course, you have to get that “Medal Shot” all worth it???