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.
Danao City Administrator and Danao City Sports Commission Chief Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez said they welcome the idea of hosting the Asian MTB Championships.
“The local government unit has been very supportive with our races. With their help and Philcycling, we can facilitate a world class race,” said Rodriguez.
Danao City successfully hosted the 3rd Asian Mountainbike Championships in 1997, and also the mountain ike competition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in 2005.
When asked about the recent development of the country’s cycling squad, Tolentino said they are focusing on developing the Under-23 riders.
“The bulk of the national pool for cycling are under 23 years old. We only have two riders who are older and they are tasked to guide the younger ones,” Tolentino said.
Tolentino added they still have slots for the training pool, which they will give to the elite riders, who will perform well in the series of races they will be hosting.
“We will evaluate the capability of these elite riders from the races they will join and if they should get the slots to the national team,” he said.
The national cycling team is preparing for the 2015 SEA Games in June in Singapore, Asian Championships in Thailand, and for the Road to Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.