One Hand Biker Finished Top 8 in Maguindanao MTB Race

Rogelio Franco “The One Hand Biker” or should I say one hand with a prosthetic arm not only did fulfill his dream of biking around the Philippines recently he also showed us that he can be a fierce competitor on mountain bike rain because he recently raced in Parang, Maguindanao Mountain Bike Race and finished Top 8 on Expert Category where he fight toe to toe on the top spot with pro cyclists. That’s an amazing story. Such an inspiration!

Rogelio Franco - Kalongkong Hiker (1) Rogelio Franco - Kalongkong Hiker (2) He is still in Mindanao right now and it was good to know that he was able to join a side event on one of his stop while doing the Philippine Loop. He is truly an extra ordinary man and it was amazing because he get a lot of support nationwide. Who say’s that Mindanao is dangerous place to go to when he traveled all over the country riding his bike. This is an indication that if he can ride a bike from point A to point B then everybody can do it too.

Rogelio Franco - Kalongkong Hiker (3)I wish I had all the time in the world and I will follow his footsteps I want to do a Philippine Loop somebody and hope that our Kababayan will join me and help me on every stages of that dream long ride ever. Rogelio is not the only one biker that did the Philippine Loop already, there are few who did this too though it is not the entire Philippines because of safety reasons they just selected parts of Mindanao and in fact she is a woman with companions. For security reasons she will be unnamed and she wanted her privacy and identity kept anonymous. Regardless, you did ride the entire Philippines or part of it is it still awesome to be able to travel the country on 2 wheels. So rather discussing and had a debate on that gray area. Why not encourage everyone to try this so called Philippine Loo?

Also, why travel outside the country when you can discover the beauty of our own native land. I really wanted to try this and will do this in time. I am still young and I pursue this dream.

Rogelio Franco - Kalongkong Hiker (4)On his Facebook Wall he said “I got 8TH Places EXPERT MEDAL para sa ating lahat ito.. Tapus na ang PARANG, MAGUINDANAO TRAIL RACE Grabe ibat ibang lugar kasali LUZON, VISAYAS AT MINDANAO “Hindi Hadlang ang kapansanan Guys..”1st time ko sumali ng MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE ayan nakakabit na ung dream qu ikabit sa mtb qu hehe ” – Rogelio Franco – One hand biker from Dasmariñas.

His FB Page is this

Rogelio Franco - Kalongkong Hiker (5)To those who want to understand the above message here is my translation:

“I got the 8th place spot medal under Expert category, this is for All of Us.. Parang, Maguindanao Trail Race is over, it’s awesome because different regions joined from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. “DISABILITY Is NOT an Hindrance guys..” It’s my first time to join a Mountain Bike Race and here I fulfilled my dream to pin this to my MTB, hehehe”. – Rogelio Franco – One hand biker from Dasmariñas.

About Kalongkong Hiker

I am Paolo Mercado for 20 years I've been riding a bike, walking a lot and running a lot. I am Kalongkong Hiker, a trail runner, mountaineer and a biker that can also write a blog of my travels, adventures and places that I visited through walking, running and biking. I write to encourage others to stay healthy and fit. #KeepOnRunning #ShareTheRoad #KalongkongHiker
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1 Response to One Hand Biker Finished Top 8 in Maguindanao MTB Race

  1. Ed Tiangco says:

    I am so proud of my friend and City-mate. Sabi ko na nga ba kaya mo ang mga pagsubok eh. See you soon bro. 🙂


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