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Ronda bikers thank Mayor Inday, gears up for 2012 Tour

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)

Espino bikefest set May 2

Some of the country’s top professional cyclists battle it out anew when the  Gov. Amado T. Espino Cup unwraps on May 2 marking the Pista’y Dayat celebration in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

According to provincial sports coordinator Modesto Operania, the race will be exclusively for Pangasinenses.

The will be fired off here and will traverse the towns of Bugallon (Socony junction), Labrador, Sual, Alaminos City, Bani, Agno (Banganoda junction), Burgos, Dasol, Infanta, back to Dasol, Burgos, Mabini, Alaminos City taking the Don Pedro Braganza boulevard, Sual, Labrador and Lingayen via barangay Domalandan.

The race, covering 195 kilometers, will stake attractive prizes topped by a P25,000 purse for the winner.

The first and second runners-up will each receive P15,000 and P10,000, respectively. Fourth placer will pocket P7,500 and fifth P5,000.

Succeeding finishers down to 10th place to receive P4,000, P3,000, P2,000, P1,000, P750, correspondingly with also medal each.

The bikefest will be aired live over Aksyon Radyo Pangasinan, 1161 Khz AM. PR

Inday Sara shows might, rules 1st Race for Peace

dxDC station manager Dodong Solis (extreme left) and PhilCycling's Jun Paholio (5th from right) lead the victory celebration for the Inday Sara Team.(DAVAO SPORTSWRITERS ASSN.)
dxDC station manager Dodong Solis (extreme left) and PhilCycling's Jun Paholio (5th from right) lead the victory celebration for the Inday Sara Team.(DAVAO SPORTSWRITERS ASSN.)

Team Inday Sara ruled the Race for Peace First Mindanao Tour which comes to an Sunday at the Rizal Park after four-days of grueling race of the islands best of the best riders.

The Davaoeno riders showed tough riding skills in all stages to make the team of Vice Mayor Sara Duterte the inaugural champion of the race which traversed key cities in South Central Mindanao.

Led by fourth and final stage winner Kennedy Guino-o, Team Inday Sara completed the 682-kilometer race in fifty one hours, 19 minutes and 46.439 seconds.

UM-3MJ came through with second place clocking in 51 hours, 24 minutes and 6.599 seconds while Cagayan de Oro Team A placed third with 51;52;32.423 seconds.

Team Inday Sara, which has won several titles in the local races, also drew superb showing from skipper Dexter Nonato, comebacking Ruel Casaljay, Glen Yap, Melchor Labaya and Danilo Tapao.

It was a tough race in the longest fourth and final stage (Cotabato City – Davao City) as Guino-o took a formidable challenge from Jacky Lloyd Berjame of UM-3MJ and Algen Sanchez  of Cagayan de Oro Team B.

Guino-o crossed the finished line in five hours, 44 minutes and 46.869 seconds, just ten seconds ahead of Berjame who managed to keep pace with the eventual winner all race long. Sanchez registered 5 hours, 45 minutes and 06.869 seconds.

With 17 hours, 3 minutes and 15.90 seconds showing, Berjame emerged champion in the individual classification and followed by Guino-o with 17, 3.16 and 16.053 seconds and Sanchez 17, 7, 21.967 seconds for second third place respectively.

The Race for Peace-First Tour of Mindanao is the major island’s version of the highly-successful Liquigaz Tour of Luzon (Northern Philippines) and the Padyak Pinoy 2009-Tour of Champions, both of which were sanctioned by PhilCycling.

But its primary objective is far different from the two tour races as it helps to promote peace peace in Mindanao.(pr)

Another Dabawenyo grabs Race for Peace lead; Cagayan guy is Sprint King, Eagle of the Mount

Another Dabawenyo grabs Race for Peace lead,

Cagayan guy is Sprint King, Eagle of the Mount

By June Duterte

Rider Kennedy Guino-o (Jersey No. 06) of Team Davao A (Inday Sara Team) romps away with the victory in the Stage 2 of the Race for Peace / The 1st Mindanao Tour peace advocacy & cycling tournament.

Guino-o clocked 4 hours 8 minutes & 44.911 seconds in order to wrestle the lead in the second tier of the four-stage Massed Star amateur cycling tournament.

Rider Dexter Nonato (Jersey No. 01), Guino-o’s fellow biker and Stage 1’s race champion registered an aggregate clocking of 4 hours 8 minutes & 20.071 seconds while the third spot landed in the lap of Oliver Nebres (Jersey No. 84) of Team Lanao del Norte and an identical clocking with Nebres.

Sprint King of the second stage was rider Algene Sanchez (Jersey No. 72) of Team Cagayan de Oro-B. He was also declared King or Eagle of the Mountain when he climbed well the high altitudes of Tupi, South Cotabato.

One of the most exciting and memorable episode of the race was the Banga-Tupi stretch in the mountainous terrain of South Cotabato where five riders broke from the peloton, took turns in outsprinting and outsmarting each other.

Few minutes later, the entire pack joined the first campaigners which gave the chance to Sanchez to swiftly outdistance all the rest.

Sanchez’s lead was however temporary when Guino-o suddenly appeared from nowhere and clinched the day’s victory.

Apart from the action, there were however some downsides: one rider was injured in the heat of the contest, another also suffered cut in the forehead while another was brought to the hospital for medical treatment.

Still another rider begged off while midstream when he can no longer take the heat. The rider was Lawrence Tiu of Team Davao C.

The General Santos-City of Koronadal track took all 159 kilometers of the 682-kilometer road duel of raw nerve and riding skills.

Guino-o will be wearing the green jersey in the third leg’s journey to peace and victory while Nonato will be leading the pack in his yellow jersey when the group rumbles through Cotabato City for the third level of the competition comprising 130 kilometers of plain road.

Organizers laud AFP, MILF as GenSan rider grabs lead in Race for Peace

Organizers laud AFP, MILF

Gensan rider grabs lead in Race

By June Duterte

In a gesture of gratitude, the working Executive Committee (ExeCom) of Race for Peace The 1st Mindanao Tour today expressed deep thanks to all those who in various capacities have worked for the safe passage of 72 cyclists carrying the tri-colors of 12 key cities and provinces in Mindanao entered in the race.

In a statement released to media outlets after the peace caravan safely reached Cotabato City from the City of Koronadal at half past 1:00 pm of June 6 for the third stage of the 682-kilometer peace advocacy cycling campaign, the organizers hailed all sectors for “honoring their commitment to the attainment of just and lasting peace in Mindanao and for keeping faith in the goodness in the hearts of each and every man and woman, be they Christian, Muslim or lumads.”

Over seventy riders from 12 participating teams in Southern Philippines braved the wide and expansive road of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat and the otherwise feared road and trail of Maguindanao enroute to the finish line of  Level 3 of the country’s newest road race doubling up as a vehicle for the universal call by Mindanaoans to put peace advocacy at the top of the national agenda of the country’s national leadership.

Organizers thanked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Central Committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), all the local government executives of the cities and provinces traversed by the racers and their support group staff as well as all the other sectors who have expressed support to this call to peace for warmly embracing the message for which the race was conceived and anchored.

“Nagpapasalamat ko kami ng lubusan sa lahat ng sumuporta sa call for peace nating mga taga-Mindanao, sa officialdom ng City of Cotabato sa mainit na pagtanggap natin sa mga cyclists ng Race na ito at sa inyong pakiki-isa sa mithiing ito,” Mario Maximo Solis, Assistant Area Manager of RMN Networks in the Mindanao cluster and ExeCom Head said in his Message of Gratitude during the awarding rites held at the Cotabato City People’s Palace immediately after the race.

For her part, Bai Sandra Sema, Head of the City Tourism Council and in behalf of Mayor Muslimin Sema thanked the riders and organizers for helping work in the promotion of peace in Mindanao thru sports.

Cotabato’s First Lady assured riders and racers that the task at hand is great but the vision is attainable when shared and worked on by everyone especially by all stakeholders in this part of the country.

For his part, Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) lauded riders and organizers for the innovative medium of peace activism.

“Let me assure you that I am one with you in this very noble crusade for peace. I am enjoining the whole officialdom and the people of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to lend their unbending support to this noble Race for Peace so that the whole world will know that we in the Autonomous Region believes in the primacy of peace,” Ampatuan said.

Earlier during the formal start at Koronadal, organizers read a message encapsulizing the collective concern and aspirations of Mindanaoans on the urgency of peace in our time.

“When the 72 cyclists and fellow peace advocates and supporters commence riding through the roads, mountain trails & vast plains of South Central Mindanao, we shall be bringing one universal message across: that peace is the imperative of our time,” the race declaration reads.

Earlier, Race for Peace has earned statements of support and gesture of cooperation from various sectors and groupings who found common advocacy with its theme “One Track, One Dream, One Vision!”

On Sunday (June 7), the race will rumble through the road tracks of Cotabato City passing through the various municipalities of North Cotabato and adjoining localities like Makilala and Kidapawan all the way back to Davao City for the fourth and final stage of this first-ever Mindanao-wide tour to unravel here.

The third tier was won by Jeffrey Geraga (Jersey No. 46) of Team Gensan, followed by Melchor Labaya (Jersey No. 05) of Team Davao A and Ercel Asambrado (Jersey No. 22) of Team Davao C.

The race is sanctioned by Philcycling and supervised by Philcycling Vice-President for Mindanao Salvador ‘Jun’ Paholio.