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BECAUSE of the recent success of Danao City’s hosting of the 2015 Asean MTB Cup last weekend, Integrated Cycling of the Philippines (Philcycling) president Abraham Tolentino thought it best to bid for the hosting of the Asian Mountainbike Championship.

Tolentino, who is also a Tagaytay City congressman, said they are looking to bid for the hosting of the Asian event in either 2017 or 2018 as the 2015 and 2016 events have
already been awarded.

Tolentino was in town to witness the Asean MTB, which was held in Manlayag, Patag in Danao City last weekend.

Tolentino said they came to show the support of the race, which is rated Class 3 by the international governing body, UCI.

“If we can win the bidding, then we would ask the Philippine Sports Commission for support,” he said adding that Danao would be a perfect candidate for the venue because of its world-class tracks and because the City has always given its all out support to the sport.


THE PhilCycling—inspired not only by the competitive nature of its sport but more importantly its contribution to saving the environment—will push for the reactivation of cycling as a regular sport in the Palarong Pambansa the soonest in 2016.

In a resolution forged during the federation board’s meeting that coincided with the kickoff leg of the Asean Mountain Bike Cup Series in Danao City, Cebu, on Saturday, PhilCycling Chairman Bert Lina and President, Tagaytay Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, and the board agreed the annual Palarong Pambansa would significantly support their grassroots development program centered on finding young talent and developing them into potential national athletes.

But the competitive aspect of cycling is just one of the objectives why the PhilCycling wanted its sport back in the Palaro.

“Cycling is no longer just a sport or a hobby or a form of physical fitness—it is an advocacy to help save the environment,” said Tolentino, adding representations will be made with the Department of Education through Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, the Palarong Pambansa Secretary General.

“The campaign to use the bicycle practically every day—as a mode of transportation to and from the work place and schools—has gone global and almost every country in the world is one in promoting the bicycle to help halt global warming,” said Lina, considered as the godfather of Philippine cycling, and who bankrolls the annual international multi-stage Le Tour de Filipinas.

Former Tour champion Modesto Bonzo of Pangasinan initiated the move to bring cycling back to the Palaro. He was fully backed by fellow-ex champion Paquito Rivas and former stars Juancho Ramores and Cornelio Baylon, who both started their illustrious careers in the Palarong Pambansa as cyclists during their high school years in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Danao City Administrator Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez, the PhilCycling Technical Commission head, vowed to encourage his province of Cebu to help in the campaign and pledged to create a mountain bike program suitable for kids of elementary and high school age.

Back-to-back Tour of Luzon cycling marathon champion Cornelio Agaid Padilla Jr. died of heart failure at St. Luke’s Global City Medical Center on Sunday (December 8). He was 67.

Padilla carved a name at the pinnacle of national sports in the 1960’s when he won the grueling Tour of Luzon cycling championship twice in a row, in 1966 and 1967.

His popularity soared during the time that his victories were widely credited to have placed cycling in the national sports consciousness.

In 1966, Padilla topped the 15-lap TOL, clocking 60.45.31 in 1,999.82 kilometers of bicycle race.

The following year, Padilla again emerged on top after eight laps of cycling. He clocked 70.34:57 for the 1,634-kilometer competition.

Known as Paddy to friends and family, Padilla retired early from the sport in order to devote his time to his college studies. His winnings helped him finish a law degree at the Far Eastern University.

As a lawyer, Padilla became a member of the the legal department of Cacho Printing press before his stint at the National Book Store as personnel manager and house lawyer. He worked his way into the corporate ladder to become one of the NBS’s top executives, handling the firm’s vast human resources department.

Padilla also spent much time to humanitarian service by making himself active in Rotary International activities. He was charter member of the Rotary Club of Quirino-Quezon City under RI District 3780, serving as its president from 1994-95.

“He excelled in sports in the same manner he won the hearts of many Rotarians for his unstinting efforts to serve above self,” said former Assistant Governor Fol Rana, former RCQQC president.

The late cycling icon remained loyal to cycling until a heart attack struck while negotiating steep Antipolo mountains on his racer bicycle some 15 years ago.

He survived but decided to give up cycling as part of his exercise regimen. Padilla turned to bowling to become one of the top caliber bowlers of Rotary.

Manila-born Padilla is survived by wife, labor attaché to US Luzviminda Gumatay-Padilla; and children, Jennifer, May, Nathalie and Eli.

His remains lie in state at the Funeraria Paz on Araneta Avenue, Quezon City. Interment will be announced later.

By Marlon Bernardino
Mon, 09 Dec 2013

Fil-Am Cyclist Arland Macasieb sets Philippine record for 1-hour track time trial doing 162 laps at Velo Sports Center in Carson, CA on September 15, 2013. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN SALANSANG)

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.

UCI Press Release on WADA

Posted: January 31, 2013 by Trowel in news items

UCI releases Fahey letters in response to WADA’s ‘blatant and aggressive’ untruths

The UCI rejects accusations by WADA in a press release today that it has been ‘deceitful’ in its dealings with the anti-doping agency on the matter of establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for cycling and in disbanding the Independent Commission.

The UCI has chosen to publish correspondence between its President Pat McQuaid and his WADA counterpart, John Fahey, in the interests of transparency and in order to set the record straight.

Pat McQuaid commented: “I am very saddened that it has come to this, but I cannot allow the latest blatant and aggressive misrepresentations contained in WADA’s most recent press release to go unchallenged. Mr Fahey is saying one thing in public and quite the opposite in correspondence with me, as the attached communications show.

“The UCI reached out to WADA in a spirit of partnership. This is about doing what is right for cycling. This is not the time for showmanship, or political point scoring.

“The UCI is perplexed that WADA has now chosen to rebuff and attack the UCI’s willingness to establish a TRC, having just demanded that the UCI establish exactly such a commission.

“We have now reached this sorry juncture because WADA publicly questioned the independence of the Independent Commission, criticised its terms of reference as being too Armstrong-centric (despite that being the whole basis for its establishment), repeatedly called for a broader inquiry into doping in the peloton, and over this past weekend stated unequivocally, both orally and in writing, that it had no faith in the Commission which it referred to as ‘the so-called Independent Commission’ and which it asserted was ‘too compromised’ to continue in office.

“Mr Fahey stated clearly in his letter to me that he believed ‘the process should start over from a new beginning’, regardless of the cost consequences for the UCI.

“Astonishingly, now that the UCI has once again tried to work with WADA by establishing the very body that it has been loudly calling for, it is disappointing, to say the least, to see Mr Fahey expressing support for the Commission that he had just condemned as having ‘no credibility’.

“In my letter to Mr Fahey, the UCI reached out to WADA in a spirit of partnership and cooperation. It is time to put personalities aside and work together for the future of cycling and sport more generally.

“In his letter to me, Mr Fahey’s recollections of our telephone conversation differs in a great many important respects from my own. As just one example, shown in the emails we have been forced to release today: Mr Fahey knew very well that I would call him, but not (as he claims) because he had been informed by the media, rather because we had arranged the call several days earlier in an email exchange with his Director General David Howman, with him in copy.

“ The UCI is determined not to dwell on WADA’s inconsistent behaviour. We wish to reaffirm our commitment to establishing the TRC, and hope and expect WADA, NADOs, National Federations, Tour Organisers and professional teams to engage in that process for the benefit of the sport.”

Mr McQuaid concluded: “I would therefore urge the President of WADA one more time to try to set his personal vendetta and crusade against cycling aside and to support the UCI in doing what is right for cycling. Our aims are the same: to rid cycling and indeed all sports of the scourge of doping.”

UCI Communications Service


Posted: October 30, 2012 by Trowel in announcements, news items
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Per UCI resolution, Daniel Caluag has been assigned a permanent jersey no. 87, the same to take effect on January 1, 2013.

Chairman Mr. Bert Lina
President, Hon. Abraham N. Tolentino
Vice-President: Dr.Philip Ella Juico
Secretary General Atty.Avelino M. Sumagui
Treasurer Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez
Auditor Atty.Jesus Aranas
Paquito Rivas
Cornelio Baylon
Modesto Bonzo
Atty. Froilan Dayco
Lorenzo Lomibao
Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal
Vice Mayor Juancho Ramores
Ricardo Rodriguez
Carlos Gredona
Pablito Sual

Executive Director Jose Villa Jr.

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By Nathaniel R. Melican
Philippine Daily Inquirer
6:32 pm | Saturday, May 5th, 2012
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MANILA, Philippines—What began as a bicycle ride with friends for the manager of a local shipping firm on Saturday ended in his abduction, with a number of men dressed in police uniforms whisking him away to a still unknown location.

The Las Piñas Police identified the victim as Vicente Cordero III, 27, the manager of Shogun Ships Co. Inc., which specializes in transporting petroleum products from local refineries to individual clients.

Senior Superintendent Romulo Sapitula said that the incident happened at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday while Cordero was biking with his companions along Daang Hari Road in front of the Versailles Subdivision in Las Piñas.

“Apparently, then, a white Mitsubishi Adventure van with plate number WBF 237 blocked the group. Only Cordero was taken away,” Sapitula said.

Around six men, all wearing the Philippine National Police athletic t-shirts and carrying M16 rifles and .45-caliber pistols, grabbed the struggling Cordero and threw him inside the van.

The kidnappers then drove off toward Alabang.

Sapitula said the police have yet to identify the abductors.

“While we still do not know who did this, our officers are monitoring the city to spot the vehicle used,” he said, adding investigators were still trying to determine a motive for the abduction.

Uzbek rider rules Le Tour Stage 3

Posted: April 18, 2012 by Trowel in news items

MANILA, Philippines – The real complexion of the 2012 Le Tour de Filipinas has started to stage up after Monday’s Stage Three from Cauayan City, where Uzbekistan Suren skipper Azamat Turaev served notice of his mountain climbing skills.

Azamat Turaev of Uzbekistan Suren Team raises his hands after winning the 2012 Le Tour de Filipinas 3rd Leg, from Cauayan City, Isabela to Bayumbong, Nueva Vizcaya. Photo by Nonoy Lacza.
Turaev ruled the stage that was highlighted by a Category 1 King of the Mountain Summit. He clocked in at 2 hours, 23 minutes and 36 seconds over a distance of 102.5-km.

The 19-year-old Turaev was vocal about his intention to snatch this year’s crown, saying, “The steeper, the better.”

“Tomorrow (Stage Four) is our race. We ride better in the mountains,” added Uzbekistan Suren team manager Mostafa Chaichi.

The fourth stage is bound to punish the 74 surviving cyclists with two Hors (highest) category climbs and a dizzying downhill finish to Burnham Park.

Turaev progressed from eighth to fifth in the individual general classification and has developed as a potential threat to the yellow jersey, which German rider Timo Scholz of CCN Cycling Team will be wearing for the second straight day.

“I didn’t expect to keep the yellow (jersey). Honestly, I’m not in good shape to defend it,” said Scholz, the oldest rider in the tour at 39 years old.

“We’ll see what happens tomorrow,” he added.

Scholz snatched the leader’s jersey from Mail and More’s Oscar Rendole, who on Saturday became the first Filipino to win a stage in a UCI race. Go21’s Arnel Quirimit made it back-to-back for the Philippines when he won Sunday’s second stage.

Scholz was 18th on Monday, crossing the finish line 21 seconds after Turaev. He was with a big group that included contenders Alexander Malone of the Australian team Plan B, Singapore OCBC’s Loh Sea Keong and Rendole.

Malone remained at second overall, 26 seconds behind Scholz. Loh (25 seconds) and Rendole (1:06) kept their third and fourth positions in the general classification, while Dutch Global’s Koos Jeroen Kers dropped to sixth from fifth (1:46).

Rounding out the top 10 were Rudy Roque of LPGMA-American Vinyl at seventh (1:52 behind), Bikenz-PureBlack’s James Williamson at eighth (1:52 behind), Filipino Baler Ravena of Go21 at ninth (2:11) and Indonesian Rastra Patria of Colossi at 10th place (2:13).

In the overall team classification, Mail and More remained in the lead with a 14-second lead over LPGMA-American Vinyl and 1:05 over Go21.

Uzbekistan Suren also made progress by running third, 1:20 behind Mail and More, followed by CCN Cycling Team (1:44), Dutch Global (2:54), PureBlack (4:45), Kia (6:44), Aisan Racing Team (6:53) and Terranganu Racing Team (7:32).

Smart-PhilCycling was 11th, followed by OCBC Singapore, Plan B, Colossi Mich, Action Cycling Team and Yogyakarta.