MANILA, Philippines – Elite cyclists from at least 25 international teams will lead the field in the second leg of the PRURide PH 2019, which takes place on May 24 to 26 in Subic.
According to race organizer Jeremy Go, they are expecting riders from Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea.
The Philippines' top cyclists from Standard Insurance, Go for Gold, and 711 will also vie in the three-day event that offers qualifying points to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Go, along with Filipino riders Marcelo Felipe and Dominic Perez of 711, Ronnel Hualda of Go for Gold, and Jermyn Prado and Jan Paul Morales of Philippine Navy, graced the PSA Forum at the Amelie Hotel on Tuesday.
Pru Life UK senior vice president Allan Tumbaga said the event is classified as a 2.2 stage race by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
"This race is very important for Filipino riders because certain points are awarded to stage winners and the top overall finishers," said race consultant Rick Rodriguez.
"It's very difficult to qualify to the Olympics where only the top 130 male riders and 67 female riders will qualify in the road race. And they must all come from the top 50 countries," he added.
Right now, the Philippines is in 41st place heading into the second leg of the PruRide event as well as future qualifying races for the 2020 Olympics.
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