This section of the Malipay trail network is the part that leads from the main Malipay road which passes by Tita’s Hardin de Malipay. Right after passing Hardin, and right before reaching the community basketball court, you turn right. The terrain slopes down then suddenly climbs up (one of the main characteristics of this trail network) to a T-intersection.
Turning right at the T will lead you to a small church in the middle of the Otso-otso (or Ocho-ocho; otso is the number eight). Turning left at the T will bring you to the first Hagdan (Stairs).
After successfully doing it the first time after Hatch showed us it has been a staple route for me, and I always encourage my friends to also try it out, as opposed to the too easy, too flat section on the left. This left side was established as a bypass to the original right side section, then became the main track after Ondoy (Typhoon Ketsana).
Riding along the regular direction to the Otso-otso I noticed 2 riders heading our way. It was Ian and Dino. 2 of the Backout Boys. Practicing for the 1st MTG Big Daddy’s DH CUP.
They decided to join us. They’ll train while we watch them fly down the DH sections.
Knowing they’ll love the “new” section I told them about it. Going towards Hardin for some refreshments for the beginners Doc Riz was able to convince to ride with us we had the opportunity to ride past this section, and I showed them where to enter.
I stopped right before the huge “hole”/drop and pointed at the entry point. Before I can warn them about the other drop midway and tell them to shift back to the left side before the transition I was stopped mid-sentence by a flying biker entering the hole and riding down fast. It was Ian. Oh shit, I thought. But I know he has quick reflexes. He’s an experienced downhiller.
Then I lost sight of him quick. He was going fast, and the section was fairly “deep”, then I heard someone shout in the general direction of where Ian was supposed to be. Not seeing him climb up I knew something was wrong. He must have crashed.
I moved to a better spot to get a look at him, and I see him on the ground getting up. He didn’t shift back to the left side of the track. He went straight to a 4-foot gap on the right side.
When he got the bike up I can’t help but shout, “Oh shit!” I said, for the benefit of Dino, who decided to be cautious and wanted to study the section first before attacking (unlike Ian).
When I saw Ian lift the bike I knew there was something wrong. It looked like his bike shrunk. When I stared at it while walking down towards him I noticed the front wheel was hitting the crank. Another curse, brought about by the situation… then Dino started laughing. An infectious laugh. Crazy!
Like I said in one of my tweets yesterday, “A friend broke something in the trails today…” Photos below:
How’s Ian? Only a small scratch on his knee, nothing a Band-aid can’t fix.
- ALWAYS have the GoPro ready to shoot, even if you’re expecting an easy and uneventful ride.
- Listen (fully) to people who have ridden a section you’ll be attacking for the first time.
- Related to #2, let those people finish talking.
- Use the proper bike for the riding you’ll be doing. In a scale of 1-10, Ian was using a bike for level 2 riding but his skills are at level 9-10 — and riding it at level 9!
Hahaha! Good to know Ian and Lei (Ian’s wife, she owns the bike) were still cool about it. At least they can’t put upgrading the frame on hold now
Check out Ian’s blog: The Philippine Outdoors
Added on April 14, 2010
Doc Riz has finally uploaded the photos he took of the bike. Check them out:Did you like this story? Buy me a coffee!
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