SAFE AND SECURE RACE

By: Glendale G. Rosal June 02,2017 - 10:16 PM

RACE READY. Organizers (from left to right) Diane Marie Gerodias, Oscar Boying Rodriguez Jr., Athena Mendoza Arjuna Saulo and Jenky Rollon gather after a press conference for the 2017 Philippine National Mountain Bike Championships.
CDN PHOTO JUNJIE MENDOZA

2017 PH  National MTB Championships 

Organizers of the upcoming 2017 Philippine National Mountain Bike Championships and Asian Invitational assured the participants a secure and safe race come June 9 to 11 at the scenic Danasan Eco Park in Danao City, northern Cebu.

The organizers said this after ten Singaporean riders who were initially scheduled to take part in the race backed out following a Singaporean government-issued travel advisory for the Philippines due to the ongoing crisis in Marawi City in Mindanao.

Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez Jr., one of the organizers of the race, clarified during the official launching of the race yesterday at the Weekend Restaurant that Cebu is not affected with the crisis in Mindanao.

“Marawi City is very far away from Cebu. But we have to make sure that our race is safe that’s why we are partnering with the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to secure the venue as well as the race course,” said Rodriguez.

Despite the withdrawal of the Singaporean racers, Taiwan and Myanmar will still send its riders to compete.

Eight riders including four female riders will compose the Taiwanese delegation while two riders from Myanmar will be vying against Philippine team members, according to the head coach of the National Mountain bike Commission Arjuna Saulo.

“We will be fielding our very own national team riders and this will also serve as a qualifier for the national team. We will be selecting three riders for downhill and three riders also for the cross country to become part of the national team,” said Saulo.

Saulo said that those who wants to become part of the national team must be consistent in joining and winning in their sanctioned races.

He added that the coming race is a tune-up event for the Asian MTB championships next year, which could possibly be hosted anew by Cebu.

It is also a preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

Around 90 riders coming from 22 teams have already enlisted for the race.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-sanctioned event will have a men and women’s elite, men’s masters, men’s age group categories in the down hill race while the cross country race will have a men and women’s elite, men’s junior, men’s sport 19-29, men’s master A 30-above and men’s masters B 40-above.

Registration is up until June 6. To register one can contact 0927-575-0930.

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