Members of Team Inday Sara-Davao City cycling squad expressed their thanks to Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte for the support the team got in their recent stint with the LBC Ronda Pilipinas Tour.
The Inday Sara bikers composed of Dexter Nonato, Roderick Donillo, Ronnie Urdanita, Glenn Yap, Danny Japao and John Albert Gulapa, and coaching staff Dominic Carpio and Randy Oca officially thanked their chief supporter after arriving from the tough tour that went through the harrowing string of typhoons in Luzon.
“Mahirap pero nasurvive naman natin. Maraming salamat kay Mayor sa support niya. Kung wala siya di kami makakapag-compete sa ganitong level,” said Carpio, himself a former tour professional.
The cyclists were presented by Philippine Cycling Organization Mindanao chief Jun Paholio who personally sought the help of Mayor Duterte.
“Si Mayor talaga ang sumuporta sa kanila from training to the competition. Three months din sila nag-train,” Paholio added. The team received tires, energy bars and meals during their three-month training from the Mayor.
The team went on to finish 15th place, not bad for a squad ranged against well-financed teams in Luzon.
“Layo na kayo ilang gamit, Sa endurance makasabay ta pero sa speed dehado na ta ka yang technology nila advance gyud,” Carpio explained citing teams like 7-Eleven and eventual champion American Vinyl.
Nonato was the highest placed Davao rider in 41st place, followed by Urdanita at 43rd, and Donillo at 50th. Gulapa finished at 55thwhile the veteran Yap was at 76th, and Japao 84th. 96 riders and 16 teams took part in the initial staging of the tour which now promises to be the premier cycling event in the country.
Santy Barnachea of the fabled East Pangasinan team won the individual title.
Carpio said they are now eyeing a better showing in the next tour which is going to be held in the summer of 2012 owing to the typhoon season in September when the tour was held this year.
Despite the good showing this year though, the team is faced with some problems as Nonato was terminated by his employer based in Davao del Sur for opting to compete in the tour.
“Wala ko nahatagan ug leave para muapil sa tour. Pag-uli nako wala nako’y trabaho,” the 27-year old Nonato lamented.
Paholio said he hopes Nonato will get an employment soon and concentrate on training. As to the other members of the team, Donillo will resume training on his free time after his waitering job at Grand Men Seng Hotel while Urdanita, 20, will spend his own training time after school with Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School. (Neil Bravo/DSA)