THE BENTE-BENTE RACE covering the Batalay-Bote Loop last Jan. 16, 2022 is proof of the rising popularity of mountain biking in the island even as the population wrestles with the coronavirus pandemic. The top two winners of the competition, which took more or less 30 minutes for the experts, are Ronald Mendez of the Bato Bikers Club (left photo), who reached the finish line first, and Aeron de Luna of Team Breakaway Catanduanes (right photo), seen here apparently trying to overcome the fatigue of pedaling through the climbs and turns of the route. Grabbing the 3rd to 5th places were Team Breakaway members Jezriel Sarmiento, Rudy Sorra and Liam Niall Silva, respectively. Fred Benedict T. Gianan

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