Champions of Sport: Specialized
To reach a goal as lofty as the Olympics, hard work and constant training are a must. Ariana and her father train five to six times in a week, often at her favorite MTB trail in Timberland Heights, San Mateo. “There are two to three times where I train twice a day, riding my bike in the morning and doing gym workouts in the afternoon.” The upside, she jokes, is that she has no specific diet. Her father encourages her to eat any food she likes, in order to replenish and recover properly from her everyday training.
Also crucial to her journey on the long, hard, and sometimes bumpy road to mountain-biking glory is a solid and reliable bike that enables her to perform well. She started out with a Giant Anthem for her first bike. Now that she competes at the top levels, her bike of choice is a 2017 S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon Hardtail from Dan’s/Specialized Philippines. She knows the details that give her the edge: “It has Fox Shox F-32 Float 100mm Step Cast front suspension. It is very light and has very aggressive geometry. It has a short wheelbase too.” These give her the maneuverability, speed, and the comfort to nail the trails.
She is happy to have Dan’s, the exclusive distributor of Specialized bicycles in the country, as a partner. The advice of an expert like Dan’s in pursuing her mountain bike goals is vital.
Getting a professional bike fit or know your bike size first before buying a mountain bike and gear is necessary.
Knowing her fit, size, and capabilities, Dan’s has her bike set up to be aggressive yet durable, and comfortable for long races.
It’s not all about winning, it’s also about being the best that you can be on the journey. Dan’s supports Champions of Sport and Ambassadors of Athleticsm. Ariana and Donjie are on Dan’s stellar list of partner athletes along with the Guidicelli family—Matteo, Gianluca, Giorgia, and Paolo.
THE CHAMPION’S BIKE OF CHOICE
2017 S-Works Stumpjumper Carbon Hardtail
“It has Fox Shox F-32 Float 100mm Step Cast front suspension.
It is very light and has very aggressive geometry. It has a short wheelbase too.” -Ariana Dormitorio
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