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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


LOCAL cyclists will have something to look forward to as the Genvi Development Corp. stages the 1st Monterrazas de Cebu Road & Mountain Bike Challenge on Oct.11 to 12 at Monterrazas Village, Guadalupe, Cebu City.

“We will make sure that we can give a quality race for the participants. And we also give the biggest cash prizes in local cycling competition history,” said tournament official Joe Deresas.

Close to P200,000 cash prizes are at stake for the top five winners in all divisions.

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“We want to make it an enjoyable and memorable race for all,” said Atty. Dindo Perez, the President/CEO of Genvi Development Corporation.

The cycling event features the mountain bike cross-country competition, and a road bike race.

The event will start with the mountain bike competition on Oct.11, while the road bike race unfolds the next day.

To be able to reach as many cyclists as possible, the organizers have instituted eight categories—the open elite division, seniors division, juniors division, executive division, golden riders division, women’s division, beginners division, and the fat riders division.

The mountain bike race will have the 4.5-kilometer race route which will start and finish at the Residences at the Peaks, the second highest elevation of Monterrazas de Cebu. Within the route the riders will pass through the rugged and rough roads, unpaved mountainsides and muddy tracks. The road race, on the other hand, is set to be challenging as the cyclists are set to pass in the uphill and downhill cemented roads. Both races will be inside the Monterrazas Village at the Residences at the Peak and at the North Ridge.

According Perez, the vision of this sporting event is to make it a longterm cycling competition.

“This is our way to contribute a sporting activity to the community. Should this be a successful event, we would host this event for the next two years or so,” Perez revealed yesterday during event launching at the Laguna Garden Restaurant, Ayala Center Cebu.

Perez was joined by Engineer Zeny Quibranza, race director Joe Deresas, Bobby “Knight” Enoferio, and Hon. Alfredo Arquillano. Genvi Development has partnered with the Unified Cycling of Central Philippines-Cebu Chapter to organize the event.

A total of 400 bikers are expected to join the two races.

Cycling groups from Dumaguate, Ormoc, Butuan, Bohol, and Manila are expected.

The organizers have schedule two weekends for a practice ride, one is set in September while the other practice is a week before the race for the riders to familiarize themselves with the race route.

During the race, there will be two to three designated spectator areas, and the organizers will put tents in some viewing parts of the route. The spectator areas are said to be stationed at the mountain peak where the audience can view at least 70 percent of the route. While the bikers are assured not only for a quality race but with the breathtaking view of the city, the mountains, and the sea amid the race.

Registration opens on Sept.1 to 30. Registration fee is pegged at P350 for both races inclusive of cycling jersey, certificates, morning snacks, and lunch.

Entry forms are available the at Philippine Sports Commission office at Cebu City Sports Center, Cycle Logic at Parkmall, Mandaue, and at the YKK Trading in Cebu City. Distribution of race packets will be on Oct. 6 to 9 at all registration centers.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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