ORMER Ronda Pilipinas champion Mark Galedo reasserted his status as one of the country’s top road riders yesterday by topping the 144-kilometer qualifying race for the 27th Myanmar Southeast Games in Tagaytay.
Carrying the colors of 7-Eleven-Roadbike Phils., Galedo, who won last year’s lung-busting cycling marathon, beat LBC-MVP Sports Foundation’s Junrey Navarra in a photo finish, both clocking three hours, 31 minutes and 33.38 seconds in the race organized by the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines.
Navarra’s teammate, Ronald Oranza, overcame a crash in the final ascent to bag third in 3:31.34 in the race that started at Canyon Woods and ended in front of the Tagaytay City Hall.
“Pinatunayan ko na may karapatan akong maging miyembro ulit ng national teamt,” said Galedo, a double silver medalist in the 2011 SEA Games, who will turn 28 on Sept. 11.
The top finishers are shoo-ins for the national squad that will compete in the 27th SEA Games set on Dec. 11-22 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Rounding up the top 10 were 7-Eleven’s Boots Ryan Cayubit (3:31.40.56), LBC-MVPSF’s Lim (3:31.58.81), Navy’s John Paul Morales (3:32.13.99), Cycleline’s Raymond Lapaza (3:33.21.69), Standard’s Joel Calderon (3:36.44.41), 7-Eleven’s Baler Ravina (3:36.48.29) and RP Track’s Arnold Morales (3:37.01.00).
After the race, PhilCycling president Bambol Tolentino said all the winners will be pooled together under the current national coaches.
“We will determine the final nine cyclists who will compete in the SEA Games. They will be pooled and will be quartered to be trained under the national coaches. Those who will not follow the rules will be removed immediately from the list,” he said.