Posted: March 18, 2010 by Trowel in announcements
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Aussie triathlete to join in
Duterte Cycling Challenge
• Newly-completed farm to market roads part of the route
AUSTRALIAN triathlon champion Rojan Force will be joining the 9th Mayor Rody Duterte Cycling Challenge set this Saturday, March 20 starting in front of the Jaltan Food Centrum in Magallanes, this city.
The 40-year old Force, who ruled this year’s Araw ng Dabaw Triathlon last Sunday, was invited Tuesday by organizer Salvador “Jun” Paholio Jr. , vice-president for Mindanao of Philcycling.
Force and Paholio were both guests of the weekly SCOOP Sports Round Table Talk at the Tagboan Lounge of the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
“It will be great honor for us to have him as our guest rider,” said Paholio, also president of the Samahang Siklista ng Dabaw.
Paholio said the 100-kilometer massed start will start at 8 a.m. with a 10-kilometer UCI rolling start. After the Individual Classfication, the riders will then be flag off in at Barangay Pampanga passing Sasa,Panacan,Ilang andTibungco.
“Upon reaching Bunawan, they will start a moderate climb at the Bunawan-Mahayag section as the concreting of this road was done already last Nov, 25, 2005 ,while the Mahayag-Acasia road was implemented and finished last Feb.26, 2006,” Paholio said.
Furthermore, the riders will also be negotiating the Indangan-Cabantian section that was implemented and turned over to the city government last January 20, 2006.
The riders will traverse on the Philippine-Japan Friendship roads as they will show their navigational skills on a steep climbing on the newly constructed 20-kilometer stretch of the Magtu-od-Calinan Alternate farm to market roads.”
The race will end up at the Shrine Hills and will be followed by the awarding of cash prizes.
“These new roads were implemented by the City Engineers office and
funded by the cityin the amount of P108.6 million under supplemental budget no.1 calendar year 2009. And it is now 100 % passable to any type of vehicle,” said Paholio, who has recommended it to the competitive riders and weekend warrior riders.
“The terrain of this alternate farm to market roads are more safe for the cyclists to have their biking activity in the absence of the bike lane,” he said.
“You can also smell the fresh air and enjoy the beautiful and scenic view of the Davao Gulf.
The Philcycling technical race officials are former SEA Games gold medalist Dominic Carpio and Randy Oca, ex-RP team members Eddie Oca and Engr. Carlofer Salonga.
Mayor Rody Duterte was invited to award the prizes together with his son Paolo, president of the Liga ng mga Barangay and 76-A Karancho chairman Robert Olan-Olan and Nilo “Small” Abellera Jr.
T-shirts from Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte will also be given away. (Lito delos Reyes)


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