Cycling: UCI points up for grabs in PRURide 2020


Posted at Jan 29 2020 05:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Pinoy riders will get another opportunity to earn points when PRURide PH 2020 kicks off in March.

“Since becoming UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) 2.2-accredited last year, PRURide PH is expected to grow bigger and provide our local riders a challenging and competitive atmosphere,’’ Pru Life UK senior vice president Allan Tumbaga said at the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum at the Amelie Hotel in Manila.

The 3-day multi-stage race offers points for riders around the globe to progress to bigger international races. 

Over 100 elite riders from 18 teams, 13 of them foreign clubs from South Africa, Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia and Indonesia to name a few, are expected to sign up.

Defending champion Marcelo Felipe of 7Eleven Cliqq Air21 by Road Bike Philippines headlines the local bets along with Ronald Oranza of Standard Insurance and the Filipino riders from Go For Gold, Bike Extreme and Celeste racing club.

PRURide PH race director Ian Alacar said the 3-stage bikathon kicks off with a 30-kilometer loop criterium in Clark, Pampanga before riders negotiate the queen stage on the second day — a 100-kilometer trek to the punishing slopes of Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan.

Stage 3 will determine the champion in another challenging 15-km loop that features a variegated terrain of flat roads, downhill and elevated pathways inside Clark.

PRURide PH 2020, the first of only 2 local UCI bikathons this year, is expected to lure more than 2,500 cyclists in 10 high-octane race categories.

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