Outside the circle, Kelly has need for speed
Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly has always taken pride in living life on the edge and pushing himself beyond limitations.Whether inside the ONE Championship Circle or outside of it, Kelly cannot help but seek thrill.
That is exactly why he became fascinated with trail riding and mountain bike racing.
“After I graduated from college, a neighbor invited me to join him and he lent a bike to me. We went around Camp John Hay and I really enjoyed the trail,” Kelly said.
“That same week, I told Kuya Eric that I wanted to build a bike. I had savings, and we used it to assemble my first mountain bike.”
Kelly’s need for speed turned into a borderline obsession.
“It came to a point where I had five bikes. Every time I got extra money, I’d buy parts for bicycles,” Kelly said. “Then I sold three, so now I just have two remaining.”
The 36-year-old is actively competing in races when not preparing for a match inside the Circle.
He admits to struggling against seasoned riders, but the competitor in him pushes.
“One thing where I struggle is during competitions and the actual racing. It’s a different feeling when you’re competing in things like enduro and downhill competitions,” Kelly said.
“When you’re competing in enduro, more on the natural trail, in downhill they put jumps and turns in it. It may sound extreme, but I enjoy it. I keep coming back. I don’t get tired of it.”
At the end of the day, it is an activity that “The Ferocious” has no plans of stopping as it not only keeps him in tip-top shape but also refreshes him mentally.
“I really enjoy it no matter how hard it is. Even the dreaded Mt. Ugo trail [in Itogon, Benguet], I really enjoy it. I don't feel pressured, I don't get tired, I just love the scenery and the fresh air, and it gives me the boost to keep going.”