Cycling: SEA Games veterans headline PRUride PH 2018

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 05 2018 06:04 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Mark John Lexer Galedo and Marella Vania Salamat will head the elite cast of men and women who will see action in the Pru Life UK's PRUride PH 2018, which begins next weekend.

Free registration through the event's official website awaits UCI license holders in the men and women elite, men and women under-23, and men and women junior categories for the PRUride PH Professional Road Race.

PRUride PH 2018 is set for January 11 in Subic and January 21 at McKinley West in Taguig City.

Besides the honor of wearing the national champion's jersey, to be awarded by PhilCycling, a total cash prize of P1 million will go to the top finishers in all categories. They will also get a chance to ride in the Prudential RideLondon 2018 in July, all expenses paid.

The champions of the men and women elite categories for both PRUride Professional Road Race and PRUride Criterium will receive P50,000 each, while the men under-23 category winners for all races will bring home P20,000 each.

The prizes in the men elite races are scaled down to the 20th place with the second and third placers getting P25,000 and P15,000, respectively.

The 136-kilometer road race for men and 120-km for women elite and men juniors is set simultaneously on January 12 on a route that will start and finish at the Subic Bay Exposition and Convention Center (SBECC). The route includes an arduous climb atop Mount Samat and a punishing ride over the hills of Morong in Bataan.

The individual time trial (ITT) for all categories, meanwhile, will be staged the next day on January 13 over a 30-km (for professionals) or a 15-km course (for amateurs) also on an out-and-back course at SBECC. PRUride PH 2018 will also hold the 100- and 50-kilometer Gran Fondo events on January 14 in Subic.

Riders can also choose among the lineup of 14 race subcategories and display their skills on a circuit in the criterium race set on January 21 at McKinley West.

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