Caluag ready for biggest ride of his life

By Jomel Anthony Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News Europe Bureau

Posted at Jul 25 2012 02:49 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2012 02:41 AM

LONDON – Filipino-American Daniel Caluag is now in the host city of the 2012 Olympic Games. The BMX cyclist is the last Filipino Olympian to arrive in London, touching down at the capital around 9:40 a.m. today with his coach.

Caluag, whose parents are both from Bulacan, was born in Harbor City, California and is now based in Kentucky.

He was ranked as one of the top 60 riders in the world when he joined the UCI Bicycle Motocross World Championships in the United Kingdom. This earned him the eighth slot to become the Philippines' representative in the BMX cycling event.

The 24-year-old Caluag is a four-time BMX top pro in the United States.

He shared to ABS-CBN Europe that he went to the Netherlands and Canada in the past weeks to prepare for his Olympic event.

"I feel prepared... Training in the Netherlands was fantastic. The track was perfect and it's an Olympic replica. The weather was good," he said.

Caluag is feeling confident about his Olympic stint, which starts on August 8.

"I'm looking forward to bringing home a medal for the Philippines," he said.

With two weeks to go before his first ride, Caluag still plans to train at the Olympic Village and is planning to go back to Birmingham, where he earned his Olympic slot.

"For the next two weeks, I’m going to prepare myself here at the local facilities and even go to Birmingham to train in a facility there," he said.

Caluag started riding BMX as a teenager, after his friends encouraged him to join them in a local track. Now, he proudly represents the Philippines at the Summer Games.

"I wanted to showcase the Philippines at the biggest stage, and what better way to do it in than in the Olympics," he said.