Minglanilla cyclist eyes Vietnam SEAG ticket

By: Glendale G. Rosal - CDN Digital Correspondent | May 21,2021 - 03:24 PM

Jonel Carcueva | Photo from Jonel Carcueva’s Facebook account.

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Jonel Carcueva, one of Cebu’s top cyclists and a mainstay of Team Go For Gold, is rigorously training as he guns for a slot in the national cycling team for this November’s 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The 26-year old Cebuano cyclist from Minglanilla town, southwest Cebu told CDN Digital that he has been training rigorously amidst the pandemic as he prepares to compete in crucial races in and out of the country in the coming months.

Carcueva won bronze in the team classification road race of the 2019 SEA Games in Tagaytay along with veteran cyclists in El Joshua Cariño and Marcelo Felipe.

He is currently competing in local races in both mountain bike and road bike in Cebu.

Last May 16, 2021, he topped the elite division of the Tudela Mountain Bike Circuit Race Year 2 in Tudela town, Camotes Island.

“Basta nindot ko ug performance sa mga umaabot nako nga race, dako ug possibility maka qualify ko sa national team para sa SEA Games,” said Carcueva, who has been competing in cycling for six years.

His first major race this year will be in July for the Filipino National Road Championships, where he will vie in the road race category.

Next will be the Tour of Thailand in September, followed by the Tour de Singakarak in Malaysia, Tour de Siak in Indonesia, and the Ronda Pilipinas.

“Kani nga mga races sa gawas sa Pilipinas pwede ko maka saka sa rankings ani kung nindot akong performance. Dako sad ni ug possibility nga makaduwa ko ug Olympics,” added Carcueva, who has not competed in an international level race since the SEA Games in 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He admitted, though, that the aforementioned races are not ones as the best cyclists from all Asia would be there, with the same mission as his.

“Grabe ang challenge ani, kusog kaayo sad sila managan. Pero naanad naman ko ug duwa sa abroad so ako ra ni kayanon tanan challenge,” said Carcueva, whose sibling, Junrey, is also an elite cyclist.

“Paningkamotan ni nako ug maayo kay ako jud pangandoy makaduwa ug balik sa SEA Games ug maayo unta sa Olympics pud.”

Carcueva added that he would’ve joined the rest of the Team Go For Gold in Manila to train if not for the pandemic. He said that training solo in Cebu is very difficult since there’s nobody that can pace him.   /rcg

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TAGS: 31st Vietnam SEA Games, Cebuano cyclist, COVID-19 pandemic, Hanoi, Jonel Carcueva, mountain bike, nat'l team, road bike

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