A meeting on Sunday afternoon may not sound exciting to everybody. But for almost 80 downhill mountain bikers from across the country, the meeting last Sunday at Khao Yai Da in Rayong made their hearts thump days before it took place.
To Thai downhillers, a meeting is not a gathering of like-minded bikers to discuss a certain issue. Their topics of conversation never stray far from mountain biking. As a matter of fact, to them a meeting means a party-cum-race on a downhill track specially prepared for the event. It means fun!
So why don't they call it a competition? Well, that is because if you hold a competition, you must ask for approval from an authoritative body that oversees the sport, otherwise, athletes joining your race might be in trouble the next time they apply for the national championship contest. Who needs the complicated bureaucracy when all you want is just to have one heck of a good time?
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