Friday, July 21, 2017

Alicia rally motocross
at the panoramic park

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 14, (PIA)--One more pound to add to the weight of Bohol's claim that it has it all: mountain trail motorbiking in Alicia town.

Alicia Panoramic Park, that gorgeous series of hills dominating the interestingly grassy rolling Cambaol, which is also the first Bohol Mountain bike Trail Park now opens its wicked trails to dirt bikes 
and their daredevil motocross riders this Sunday, July 27, 2017.

Conceptualized by Alicia's homegrown 1st Line Bohol East Trail Bikers, the Alicia 1st Rally Cross came two years after town local officials led by Mayor Marnilou S. Ayuban and Vice Mayor Victoriano C. Torres III green lighted the now institutionalized Alicia Mountain Bike Festival.

With them and the Sangguniang Bayan members nodding on the Alicia Municipal Tourism Council's prime sports tourism product; mountain biking, comes this, town tourism and information officer Godelia Lumugdang said.

For those wanting to know, rally cross is that white-knuckle feeling of bursting from a mild berm or low hanging branches in a thicket and then you realize you need to transfer the weight of the bike to get rear wheels the grip.

You would definitely rev and maybe backseat so you could hoist yourself on to that crazy climb in a rain-rutted trail to the top, and see the panoramic view in a blur: such is the picture of what this is going to be.

Dirt rally cross is really about braaaping along dangerous undulating and twisting trails at crazy speeds, squeezing every strength out of the bike, to the finish.

This is just but the first part.

All along, as you skim and whiz like a blur with two-stroke exhaust leaving blue smoke, you still get full control as you tackle a natural trail obstacle: a whoop, hairpin curves, mild jump on a hard packed dirt or a stream crossing.

Of course, the tire thread picks everything as it spins, everything including a spewing of dirt, pebbles, and mud, so anyone and everyone behind you is surely getting roosted.

All to the finish.

Here, DNF (did not finish) is a no no, for it lets you pack your 250 or 450 cc bike and your roosted ego home.

"We wish to invite local dirt motorbike trail riders who should have the guts of steel and the heartbeat as dependable as their bikes to join us in this race to the top and zip downhill with the province's most tricky and treacherous trails.

Oh well, this should shake off the grime from your seldom revved to the max engines machines, as this certainly offers the most punishing revs from that dependable bike," East Trail Bike President Romulo Bazalo jokes.

This would be racing to the edge while all the while knowing any half second of break in concentration can send one to the back of an ambulance, or one's motorbike: a bulky yard sale.

While there are circuit motocross races in Bohol, seldom have there been trail rally crosses that this promises to be the ultimate test of a driver's skill, an ultimate high risk but de-stressing race, Alicia tourism officer added.

With teams outside Bohol now sending feelers of joining, this would be the perfect time for Boholano enthusiasts: novice and pros to show off their guts and make rally cross an event in Bohol.

Race registration is set at 8:00 to 10:00 after which a parade goess off at 10 and the races to the hills at 11.

For more information, check out Alicia Unfolds on facebook. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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