Grand Criterium Race on May 1

Cycling race on May 1 in Mandaue a go – organizers

By: Glendale G. Rosal - Multimedia Correspondent - CDN Digital | April 28,2022 - 02:55 PM
Cycling race at Zuellig Street on May 1 is a go. | File photo

A cyclist is seen along F.E. Zuellig Street in Mandaue City. The entire street will be closed every Sundays starting March 13, 2022 to give the public a venue for outdoor activities such as cycling, jogging, and walking. CDN Digital file photo | Brian J. Ochoa

CEBU CITY, Philippines — It’s all systems go for the inaugural Mandaue Grand Criterium Race that will start and finish at Zuellig Street in Mandaue City on May 1, 2022.

One of the organizers, May Anne Mares of The Marshalls told CDN Digital that they’ve drawn more than 300 cyclists from various parts of the country competing not just for supremacy, but for the whopping purse at stake. 

“The Marshalls initiated this major cycling tournament because of the support given to us by the Mandaue City government through the Mandaue City Sports Commission,” said Mares. 

“We originally scheduled the race on May 7, but we try to avoid the Comelec restrictions due to the incoming national elections, so we decided to move it to Labor Day which is May 1, and it’s a week before Mandaue City’s fiesta celebration. So, we’re very excited for the race on May 1. We have a lot of elite cyclists joining, some are from Manila.”

The major criterium race features 10 categories; the elite (20 laps), mountain bike (12 laps), 20-29 years old (12 laps), women’s (10 laps), newbie (12 laps), executive (10 laps), 30-39 (11 laps), 40-49 (10 laps), 50-above (eight laps), and fat bike (10 laps). 

Mares added that Mandaue City mayor and re-electionist Jonas Cortes is one of the people behind this race. 

Mares said that Cortes was also an avid cyclist, that was why they smoothly organized the upcoming race on Sunday. 

“Sa among meeting, nakacome up si Mayor ani nga race because biking along Zuellig Street is very risky for cyclists in Mandaue City because of the trucks and vehicles passing in the area. He decided to close the road every Sunday for cyclists and joggers, until we came up with the idea nga why not magpalumba mi didto,” said Mares. 

(In our meeting, Mayor came up with this race because biking along Zuellig Street is very risky in Mandaue City because of the trucks and vehicles passing in the area. He decided to close the road every Sunday for cyclists and joggers, until we came up with the idea that why not we hold a race there.)

Each lap of the race covers 3.2-kilometers, according to Mares. 

The elite category champion will take home a whopping P50,000 while the second and third placers receives P30,000 and 20,000 respectively. 

Other race categories also has its own cash prizes at stake. 

Elite contenders in cycling race

The elite category is stacked with vaunted pro cyclists who have competed in the Ronda Pilipinas.

No less than Go For Gold’s Elmer Navarro, who happens to be one of the organizers of the race, will compete in the elite category. 

In addition, his teammates Jonel Carcueva and Jery Roa Aquino will saddle up for the race. Carcueva’s brother Junreck will also compete in the elite division.

Dreyna Cycling Team will field in six of its best cyclists in Landerson Nebres, Chrysler Tadena, Edson De Guzman Corbadora, Carl Borela, Dominic Coronaro and Jay Lampawog. 

Jhunvie Pagnanawon banners Williams Cebu cycling team along with Jet Pagnanawon, Jhon Carcueva, and Israel Go.

Adding excitement in the elite category is Team INDNS comprised of Zack Reyes, Ramon dela Cruz, Cedric Cabahug, Kyle Mendajao, and Aries Villaver.

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