Have you always dreamt of winning it all for your country? Well, if you’re an avid cyclist, those dreams might be more attainable than you think. Thousands of bikers from the Philippines and across Asia will get a shot at Olympic glory closer to reality with this year’s PRURide PH.
Hosted by Pru Life UK, the annual racing event has received accreditation from Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which will now provide UCI licensed cyclists a chance to earn qualifying points to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.
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Professional and national teams from across the globe—including Uzbekistan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Australia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and the Philippines—will flock the UCI 2.2-accredited Stage Race, which is one of the three events in the country included in the 2019 UCI world cycling calendar
“PRURide PH 2019 supports our new brand campaign ‘We DO,’ which focuses on health, wealth, and innovation. In addition to making this year’s PRURide PH a UCI-accredited event, we are also offering beginners-friendly and families-inclusive activities to provide an unparalleled experience for people from all walks of life,” shares Allan Tumbaga, senior vice president and chief customer marketing officer of Pru Life UK.
The two-part event includes 18 categories and will be held in Filinvest City, Alabang on April 7 and in Subic on May 24 to 26.
For those who are not yet UCI-licensed cyclists, but still want to join the thrill and excitement the professionals go through in the Stage Race, they can join the PRUride Masters Race, or the non-competitive Gran Fondo (“Big Ride”) 30/60/100KM, both to be held in Subic on May 26.
Celebrities and PRURide ambassadors Zoren Legaspi, Gretchen Ho and Kim Atienza, all cycling enthusiasts, are expected to join the Gran Fondo in Subic.
They will likewise take the challenge of the competitive Criterium races, which kicks off PRURide PH 2019 on April 7 at Filinvest City in Alabang.
Cyclists with a need for speed will compete in the following categories: Fixed Gear, Road Bike (25 and below), Road Bike (26-34), Road Bike (35 and above), MTB Female Open, MTB Male (25 and below), MTB Male Open, Road Bike Open Female, Road Bike Open Male, Small Wheels Challenge.
The different races provide amateur bikers an opportunity to test their cycling skills, while beginners also get to enjoy the breathtaking sights in Subic and Bataan province aside from taking part in this ultimate adventure.
“Don’t be afraid to ride. Take it step by step since it’s all about conquering your fear. Enjoy the process because riding a bike is a liberating feeling. Slowly but surely, you’ll get to where you want to be,” former volleyball player Ho encourages.
Non-riders, especially the young ones, meantime can also join in the fun through an inflatable playground and face paint booths that will be set up, while the rest of the family can try the Zumba sessions, the massage and health check stations. Or they can just sit back and enjoy the music by Rivermaya in Alabang, or Callalily in Subic, with Gracenote doing front act for both bands.
For more information, visit PruRide.ph.