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, which is sanctioned by the Union Cyclist International (UCI) over the weekend.
Around 100 cyclists, including Olympians and Tour de France veterans, joined the race.
Filipino cyclists emerged victorious after the three-hour race, with Marcelo Felipe of 7-Eleven Cliqq-Air 21 bagging the top spot. El Joshua Carino of Navy-Standard Insurance was in second place while Jonnel Carcueva of Go of Gold team finished third.
Fifteen teams joined the race, eight of which came from different countries across Asia.
The 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 of Malaysia, Matrix of 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 the race.
Guimaras Governor Samuel T. Gumarin hailed the holding of the event in the island province.
“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,” Gumarin said.
This is the second time that Guimaras hosted Ronda Pilipinas.
Jaideep Chulani, Executive Project Director of Ronda Pilipinas, said the warm welcome they received in the province is the reason why they keep coming back.
Staging the race in Guimaras is also in line 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.