Ica: Beating the boys at their own game

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


BEING the only rose among the thorns who joined the inaugural Chigo Criterium road cycling race in Mandaue City, Cebu, did not hinder a 14-year-old from grabbing first place in the Golden Men’s B Category.

Ana Patricia “Ica” Maximo, a Grade 8 student of Sacred Heart School – Hijas de Jesus, out-sprinted the other 20 male delegates in the finish, making her friends and family proud of her.

“I got scared because men could sometimes get rough... But it was a nice experience and I learned a lot from it. It also motivated me to work harder so I can achieve more,” said Maximo on what it was like racing against men.

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Despite the tough competition, Ica never thought of backing out.

She dedicated the win to her parents, who have been very supportive even from the start of her pursuit of any sport. This is also the reason she had been allowed to take part in the said competition, provided that her parents are there to guide her and that she is able to handle all of her responsibilities.

Every day after school, she takes indoor trainings using a stationary bike and the instructional DVD materials along with the other exercises her father researches for her to help improve her skills. During Saturdays, she goes to the reclamation area and practices racing with the other bikers.

Ica used to do triathlons when she was 12 years old. However, she struggled juggling between her studies and training to swim, run and bike so she decided to concentrate on cycling alone.

“It started out with my older brother. He was really the one interested in cycling then I got interested because you get to explore other places,” said Maximo.

She added that every time her brother Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo comes home from studying in Manila, he would train her and they spend time together biking.

Igi once represented the Philippines during the 2012 Asian Cycling, which was held in Malaysia.

Ica was the youngest and was a double medalist in the 2013 Philippine National Games (PNG) Junior Track Cycling Championships in Amoranto Velodrome, Quezon City.

Start strong, end strong is Ica’s motto in achieving her goals which includes gaining the chance to represent the country in competitions abroad. (Fatima Secuya and Bervienne Calimbo, USJ-R Mass Comm Interns)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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