18 May 2015

Aboitiz bets, Barnachea dominate Tour of Subic

ABOITIZPOWER cyclists Kristian Reyes and Jason Comandante scored a 1-2 finish in the premier Category 2 while Michelle Barnachea topped the female open class in yesterday’s AboitizPower Tour of Subic held at the Maritan Highway of the Freeport Zone.

Reyes, 17, although a rookie in a road race event, competed like a tested veteran, showing patience and determination in negotiating the challenging three-kilometer uphill climb starting at the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant before showing nerves of steel in the downhill stage to edge Comandante and Resty Aragon of Team Excellent Noodles in an electrifying sprint finish.

The three negotiated the 90-kilometer race organized by Bike King and presented by AboitizPower in two hours, 34 minutes and 29 seconds but Reyes emerged the clear winner with almost a bike-length advantage at the finish.

“Last year lang ako nag-cycling at first race ko ito at kinailangan talagang magpakita ng pagtitiis sa ahunan dahil alam kong kapag nalampasan ko ito ay maganda ang chance ko na manalo,” said Reyes, an incoming first year management student at

Joey Delos Reyes, last year’s champion, failed to break free from the watchful eyes of his rivals and settled for 14th place overall in 2:37:24 time.

Barnachea, 27, of Team Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance, also needed a strong finish to edge Mari Maligaya of Sante Barley in their spirited battle for the female crown in the race also supported by SN Aboitiz Power Group, Sante Barley,
WeatherPhilippines, Subic Holiday Villas, Gatorade, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and GU.

Barnachea and Maligaya both clocked 3:04:34 while Irish Mae Wong of Corratec Philippines taking the bronze in 3:17:15.

“Sinuwerte lang. Ang hirap ng karera dahil sa ahon at hindi ko forte ito dahil spinter ako,” said Barnachea, who last competed in this event in 2011.

Last year’s women’s winner, Marella Vania Salamat, decided to test her skills against male riders, opting to see action in the Category 3 Intermediate class where she finished fourth with a respectable time of 2:34:12.

Ricky Pedrina of Tropang Boy Kanin clocked 2:34:10 to rule the race. In the Category 4 Novice division, Jhay-R Sotto of City Heights Hotel won in 2:45:14 while Rey Ramos of Tropang Boy Kanin (2:48:36) and Edson James Rosales of Franzia (2:48:38) finished second and third, respectively. (Malaya Business Insight)

Kristian Reyes (middle) after crossing the finish line in a down-the-wire finish of the AboitizPower Tour of Subic. (Dante Peralta, Spin.ph)