MANILA, Philippines – Youngster Rustom Lim and veterans Irish Valenzuela and Tots Oledan will represent the Philippines in the 31st Asian Cycling Championships and 18th Asian Junior Cycling Championships from February 8 to 19 in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Lim, 17, will take part in the road events of the Junior Championships of the annual competitions staged by the Asian Cycling Confederation under the auspices of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
The Nueva Ecija native Lim emerged as the top junior (under-18) rider in the PhilCycling National Open conducted in Tagaytay City.
The race was launched by association president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.
Valenzuela, a veteran of the Guangzhou 16th Asian Games, and Oledan, will compete in the Elite category of road cycling.
The PhilCycling sends riders to the Asian Championships, which are held annually.
For this year though, Tolentino said the federation could only send three riders because the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) allegedly no longer supports cyclists in the national pool.
“We in the PhilCycling have an obligation to the sport and to the cyclists,” said Tolentino. “So even without the PSC support, we are sending these riders, although a token delegation, to the Asian championships.”