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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Korporasyon

In English it translates to "corporation", but in local cycling lingo it means more than that. Used in mostly in races, the term loosely means already having a result even before it starts. In a korporasyon, scheming cyclists determine who wins the race before or during the race itself and all agree to split the pot when it's over.

Now I don't know if this year's EBD Barangay Tour is a korporasyon but it does have that same fishy smell. Unlike last year's event which drew roughly around a hundred mountain bikers, this year's race now only has one category for non-Batangas residents. In a way it seems like the organizers have literally organized themselves and decided that they want to make it a homegrown-talents-only affair. Indirectly they're shooing away their competition with the intent of keeping the city's funds to themselves.

I got a private email from one of their members, who wishes to remain anonymous. According to him, they really wanted to make this an all-Batangueno affair. They only offered the National Open category for those who'd still like to join. As a glimmer of hope, he added that they'll be bringing last year's format next year.

Being the race director last year, I find this news quite disappointing. I was hoping to expose them more to the level of competition from other parts of the country, but it was them who chose to go back to their shell.

I was planning on going there and riding the course today, but I didn't feel like it anymore. There's no reason to map out the route and find out the distances if they want to keep it to themselves.

I guess I'll wait for next year's announcement.

1 comment:

  1. You know what's sad?

    I think these races should somehow help tourism within the country. Imagine, you can showcase Batangas to non-Batanguenos. But I guess they don't care about that.

    I also think that there should be brotherhood of some sort for the sport. There aren't a lot of cyclists in the Philippines, compared to other sports, so it should be encouraged by opening all races to as many cyclists as possible. I guess they don't care about that either.

    Sad. Sad for the sport.

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