February 24, 2018, 10:34 pm
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Cycling stars join national championships

STARS of Philippine cycling descended in Subic to vie in the PhilCycling National Championships for Road starting today with a massed start race on an out-and-back course in Subic and Bataan.

Led by Marella Vania Salamat, Marc Galedo and the ageless Alfie Catalan – all former Southeast Asian Games gold medalists – the field in the men’s and women’s elite, under-23 and men’s junior will be flagged off at 9 a.m. at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

The men’s race will cover 138.27 kilomters marked by a 7-km climb on an average 7 percent gradient atop the Dambana Ng Kagitingan giant cross on Mount Samat.

The women’s race will be staged simultaneously with the men’s and will cover 96.55 kilometers of circuit racing inside Subic.

“We are expecting a tough race considering that the courses for both events are technical,” race director Ian Alacar said.

The races highlight the PRU Ride PH 2018, a cycling festival staged annually by Pru Life UK.

Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga led the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday at the SBECC with top-ranked Filipino-American female cyclist Coryn Rivera in attendance.

The event is sanctioned by the PhilCycling headed by Tagaytay City Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino and chairman Alberto Lina.

The individual time trial on Saturday will test the men’s riders on a 30.12-km route and the women on a 21.94-km distance.

The national championships will conclude with the Criterium races on January 21 at McKinley West in Taguig City.

Also joining the fray is Ariana Domingo, a two-time Southeast Asian mountain bike champion who is testing her strength in the road discipline and former Tour champion Santy Barnachea, George Oconer, Ronnel Hualda and Junrey Navarra.
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