Despite the fundamental challenge of squeezing in a wide variety of terrain and balance into a four-day format, Le Tour de Filipinas’ organising committee has again delivered a superb parcours which is certain to catch out at least a few international riders who may underestimate – thanks to their relative anonymity on the global stage … Continue reading
Spectrum Worldwide, the Singapore-based event management company which owns and operates several mass participation cycling events, including the hugely-successful OCBC Cycle Singapore, this week launched ‘Cycle Asia’; a regional concept promising to give amateur cyclists access to closed-roads events in some of Asia’s biggest cities.
Not only did Filipino cyclist Joel Calderon (Mail and More Cycling Team) demoralize an entire field of seasoned international pro cyclists in yesterday’s head-splittingly hard mountains stage, he did it on a bike that could have been picked up on eBay for less than $1,500.
On reflection, the lavish attention heaped upon the final Tour de Filipinas stage pre-race by local Filipino media was justified. The 4,000 vertical metres of climbing punished all 73 starters but, tellingly, of the 19 riders that dropped out or finished outside the time limit, only one was local.
An important part of stage racing had been missing prior to today’s third Tour de Filipinas stage; the peloton’s arrival into categorised mountains territory meant one rider would finally be able to mount the podium wearing the King of the Mountains polka-dot jersey. And then there was the one who got away.
Short and punchy, today’s 103.3 kilometer second stage was done and dusted in a touch over two and a half hours. Having turned 37 at the beginning of the week, Veteran Filipino cyclist Arnel Quirimit, the 2003 winner of Tour de Filipinas precursor ‘Tour Pilipinas’, belatedly celebrated his birthday in emphatic style.
Hot, humid conditions and 155.75 kilometers awaited the 77 starters of today’s predominantly flat first Tour de Filipinas stage from Sta. Ana in the northern Luzon province of Cagayan to its capital city Tuguegarao. Consistent with the style of racing on the UCI AsiaTour so far this year, the pace exploded immediately once the peloton … Continue reading
The Philippines’ only UCI-sanctioned professional road cycling event starts this Saturday. Starting from the north of the archipelago’s largest island, Luzon, the four-stage UCI2.2 ranked mini-tour will guide 12 foreign teams and 5 local teams over 502 kilometers through to a Queen stage that one local newspaper described as “perilous”.