Riders from the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, and Taiwan flocked to Danao, Cebu last weekend to vie for the coveted national champion jersey and to win the Asian invitationals. The downhill category was characterized by the death-defying starting point, where even the most experienced DH riders got cold feet before finally mustering the courage to run through the course. The XCO course wasn’t for the faint of heart either – with its many steep inclines and rock gardens. Despite the rainy weather and the thick mud during the days leading up to raceday, and the sweltering heat on raceday itself – the riders all left with strong finishes. Team Sandugo Basekamp rider Jericho Rivera, proudly racing on his Brusko, was crowned National Champion in the XCO category while Jam Rivera and Lito Glinogo finished 1st and 3rd in their age category, respectively. Congratulations to all the riders and see you all again for next year’s installment!