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03 November 2009

Prestigious cycling competition set on April 2010 in Subic Bay (Stage 3)

Le Tour De Filipinas: U.C.I. okays 2010 Padyak Pinoy Tour as part of Asian Continental Circuit

THE Philippines makes an emphatic—and perhaps even dramatic—return to the world cycling map with the staging of the 2010 Padyak Pinoy Tour of the Philippines, a four-stage road cycling competition that would pit the country’s cream of the crop against foreign rivals not only from Asia but also from Europe.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), through its president Pat McQuaid, has approved the request of Padyak Pinoy organizer Dynamic Outsource Solutions Inc. (Dos-1) for the 2010 Tour of the Philippines which will be staged from April 17 to 20, 2010.

Dos-1 president and Padyak Pinoy chairman Gary Cayton said the event will be aptly called the “Le Tour de Filipinas.”

This marks the first time in 12 years that the Philippines would be included on the UCI calendar on the Asian Continental Circuit. The last time the UCI sanctioned and calendared a local multistage race was from 1996 to 1998 when the Tour was then known as the Marlboro Tour.

Bert Lina, the immediate past president of the national federation of cycling, PhilCycling, and whose Lina Group of Cos. has Dos-1 as one of its growing number of companies, was elated with UCI’s inclusion of the race on its official calendar.

“This proves the trust and confidence the UCI has on the Philippines, something which Filipino cyclists, particularly past Tour champions, have impressed on the world governing body for the sport, particularly on its president, Mr. Pat McQuaid,” said Lina, chairman emeritus of the UCI-recognized PhilCycling, headed by Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham Tolentino. “This also serves as a boost to the tourism industry in the country while it effectively raises the bar of cycling sports in the local arena.”

“This is a major breakthrough for Philippine cycling,” said Cayton, adding, “this as a historical rebirth of sorts, considering that it has been 12 long years since the UCI held a sanctioned race in the Philippines. This development finally brings our country back on the world cycling map.”

Tolentino said: “The UCI decision is a clear testimony in the capability of the Philippines to host an international event and in the Filipino cyclists’ readiness to face foreign counterparts on Philippines soil.”

The four-stage Tour of the Philippines would start on April 17 with the Tagaytay-Tagaytay massed start race, followed by a team time-trial competition in the second stage on Roxas Boulevard and the Diosdado Macapagal Avenue in Manila. Stage three will also be a massed start from Quezon City to Subic (via the Nlex and SCTEx) race, while the final stage four will be an out-and-back competition in Subic. At least five foreign teams are expected to take part in the Le Tour de Filipinas.

The 2010 Tour of the Philippines, details of which will be posted on www.padyakpinoy.com, is actually the highlight of the 2010 Padyak Pinoy, which will consist of 21 stages spread over 25 days and which would kick off in Davao City, pierce through the heart of Mindanao before reaching Leyte and Samar, trace its way up north via Bicol, before traversing Cagayan Valley on its way to Ilocos where the cyclists prepare to climb the dreaded roads leading to the final stage in Baguio City. (Business Mirror)

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