Saturday, February 1, 2014

LBC-Ronda Pilipinas Goes International

For three years in a row, LBC-Ronda Pilipinas has been one of the most coveted road cycling race that are participated by country’s best cyclist. This road cycling event is definitely gaining popularity not just among Filipino cycling enthusiasts but also from top cyclist of different parts of the world.

On its third year, LBC-Ronda Pilipinas have leveled one notch higher by organizing it as an international cycling event. Being the its first international race, organizers have limit the international participants, so they invited only the some of the best in the world. 

The International contingent is composed of teams representing Japan, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Malaysia and South Korea plus two other teams which consist of international roaster. These international cycling groups will be matched with Philippines top cyclists, some of which holds international championship awards and veteran of past Ronda Pilipinas races. 

Yesterday, January 31, 2014, LBC  together with its partners, launched this years LBC-Ronda Pilipinas at Rembrandt Hotel, Quezon City. It was graced by friends from the media, key representatives of its sponsors and of course, the cycling athletes themselves together with their coaches and support crew. 

The event was hosted by LBC President Mr. Dino Araneta and LBC Sports Development Chairman Mr. Moe Chulani. The banquet area was all occupied by each cycling team. Among the very first to arrived in the venue are the team from Netherlands and a local team coming from the PLDT, headed by their trainer and coach, Mr. Christopher Allison.

According to the organizers, the race will by a 14 day bike race that will cover all major parts of the whole Luzon stretching from up north Vigan to the southern tip of the Bicol Region which is Sorsogon, covering 1,700 kilometers. The 14 teams will cruise 14 legs of the course with 90 to 200 kilometers each leg. The start of this 14 day race will be on February 1, 2014 at the Quezon City Memorial circle

For the cycling enthusiasts who wish to be kept up dated on the race, you can log on to their Facebook page at www.facebook/rondapilipinas. You can also get to know the teams in their current standing in course of the race. 

International Teams: Matrix Powertag Continental Team (Japan), Dutch Global Cyclng Team (Netherlands), Gusto Continental Team (Taiwan), Malaysia National Team (Malaysia), CCN Continental Cycling Team (Multinational), UijeongBu City Cycling Team (South Korea), and Infinite- Singha Cycling Team (Multinational).

Local Teams: Team Philippine Army, PLDT-Maynilad Pro-Cycling Team, Team Philippine Navy standard insurance, Team Cycleline Butuan Mindanao, 7 Eleven Continental Cycling Team, Team Road Bike Philippines, and Team Cebu – kalit Philippine Air Force. 

For this year’s LBC-Ronda Pilipinas Cyclng race was made possible by its major partners and sponsors such as the MVP Sports, PLDT, and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines. The minor sponsors are Mynilad, Versa 2 Radio, NLEX, Standard Insurance, Canondale and Air Asia. The media partners are TV5, DZSR Radio 918. 

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