Ravina tops race; cycling polls Friday
MANILA, Philippines—Baler Ravina on Thursday cut loose from the lead pack three-fourths of the way and went on to win the National Open road championship organized by PhilCycling (Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines).
A seasoned rider with outstanding climbing skills, Ravina conquered the rugged terrain of the wind-battered 160-kilometer route in Tagaytay City in four hours, 16 minutes and 55.97 seconds.
Thomas Martinez and Hilson Mangahas tied for second with identical clockings of 4:21:49.18.
Meanwhile, Ryan Serapio easily ruled the 40-km cross country race in 1:45:55.45 with Ricardo Samayo Jr. second in 1:48:32.65 and Robert delos Reyes third in 1:49:35.35.
Action resumes at the Amoranto Velodrome in Quezon City on Friday with the individual pursuit and Olympic sprint events followed by the election of PhilCycling officials.
Expected to run for the 15-man board are incumbent president Bert Lina, cycling legends Paquito Rivas, Juancho Ramores and Modesto Bonzo, mountain bike official Boying Rodriguez and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino.
Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero has withdrawn his candidacy, citing his hectic schedule.
The Philippine Olympic Committee, however, is not sending any POC representative.
“There are issues on their voters’ list as there are two cycling groups claiming to be legitimate,” POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said of the polls. With a report from Marc Reyes