Local and international bikers displayed grit in a 101-kilometer bike rice in the island province of Guimaras during the second leg of Ronda Pilipinas 2019, sanctioned by the Union Cyclist International (UCI).
Around 100 cyclists that include Olympians and Tour de France veterans battles it out for the podium.
Filipino cyclists emerged victorious after the three-hour race with Felipe Marcelo of 7 Eleven Cliqq-Air 21 bagging the gold medal; Junrey Navarra of Navy-Standard Insurance in the second place while Jonnel Carcueva of Go for Gold team finished third.
The race was participated by 15 teams, eight of which came from different countries across Asia.
Local teams include the Navy-Standard Insurance, Go for Gold, 7 Eleven Cliqq-Air 21, Team Franzia, Army-Bicycology, Team Tarlac and Bike Xtreme.
Terengganu from Malaysia, Matrix from Japan, Nex Cycling Team of Singapore, Korail Team Korea, Custom Cycling and PGN Road Cycling of Indonesia, Cambodia Cycling and Sri Lanka Navy Cycling Team also competed in the race.
Governor Samuel T. Gumarin said that choosing the island to host the international biking event is a stamp that indeed, Guimaras is on the map.
“Thank you Ronda Pilipinas for having it here sa amon gamay nga probinsiya. Ang pagpunta niyo rito is one way of making sure na indeed ang Guimaras nasa mapa ng buong Pilipinas,” he said.
This is the second time that Guimaras hosted Ronda Pilipinas.
Gumarin said that it is an honor for Guimarasnons to host Ronda Pilipinas and given a chance, the province is ready for another round of international bike race.
“It is an honor for the Guimarasnons that once again we were able to host you. And we will be eager again to host you for the next time if you want to. For the first time, Guimarasnons were able to see different nationalities ride their bikes,” he added.
Jaideep Chulani, Executive Project Director of Ronda Pilipinas, said that the warm welcome they always received from the province, is the reason why they keep coming back.
Staging the race in Guimaras is also in tune with the island’s aim of becoming a biking paradise in the Philippines.
Ronda Pilipinas is on its ninth year and no less than UCI race officials came to the Philippines to grace the event.PR/Guimaras PIO/IMT