ONE Championship: Flyweight champ Geje Eustaquio sees future career in mountain biking
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 12, 2018 11:33 AM
“When we ride, it is an adrenaline rush. We love conquering trails, and at the same time, it gives us access to the most wonderful creations of God" (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Mountain biking first started for Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio as a hobby, but his enthusiasm for the extreme sport eventually turned into passion.
The reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion from Baguio City was first introduced to the thrill of bike rides by his Team Lakay comrade Edward Kelly.
Like many other athletes who go to extreme lengths in an effort to bolster their respective strength and conditioning programs, Eustaquio supplements his martial arts training with white-knuckle rides in nature.
He and his teammates frequently take their mountain bikes through the challenging off-road terrain of Baguio City’s lush forests together.
"I think mountain biking is the perfect cross-training. First of all, it develops balance. It also enhances your decision-making as well," Eustaquio shared.
"We also develop our cardio by doing this. It helps all of us stay in shape while having fun. Riding bikes is a great workout.”
Eustaquio and company go mountain biking in Baguio City once a week during training camps, and ride up to three times a week when a bout is not scheduled.
The area where they typically ride is blessed with incredible natural beauty – mountains, rivers, and amazing wildlife that populates the landscape.
While the group typically follows cross-country trails over wild terrain, they are familiar with their surroundings, so their pursuits are usually pretty safe.
“When we ride, it is an adrenaline rush. We love conquering trails, and at the same time, it gives us access to the most wonderful creations of God,” he stated.
Despite his newfound love for bike rides, there is no denying that Eustaquio's focus and priority is still mixed martial arts as he eagerly awaits the phone call for his next world title defense.
Eustaquio puts mountain biking on the backseat for now, but he affirmed that it could very well end up as a career when it is time to call it a day in mixed martial arts.
"It is not the same with mixed martial arts. I can't give my whole time in mountain biking yet,” he mentioned. “Maybe when it's time for me to retire, I might do professional mountain biking or motocross.”