Davao riders face tight race in PNG

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Saturday, May 17, 2014


DAVAO City riders Eric Dhave Apinar, Mark Darryl Echavez and Reymark Legasan will all make their debut in the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games 2014 Mountain Bike Championship today in Brgy. Bagong Tubig, Tagaytay City.

The three Mayor Rody Cycling Team members are entered in the men's under-23 MTB Olympic event of the bikefest sanctioned by the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling).

Playing-coach Apinar, 20, of Suraya Homes Subd. In Cabantian, said they haven't scouted their rivals yet but was certain that they are more seasoned than them.

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"Ngayon lang kami sasali ditto sa PNG. Kami lang yata ang mga baguhan dito (laughs). Lahat ng makakatapat naming mas maraming experience sa races. Kami ngayon lang talaga makakapaglaro sa national," Apinar, who recently took his Human Resource Management (HRM) degree at the University of Mindanao (UM), said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao yesterday.

He said that they're only leaning on their experiences in races held Davao City, Digos City, General Santos City and Kidapawan City.

Apinar, however, said: "Andito na kami sana papalarin. Ibibigay lang naming ang best namin. Hindi naming masasabi kung anong mangyayari sa race pero lahat ibibigay namin."

The riders will compete in the 2.6-kilometer, six-lap circuit race.
The 20-year-old Legasan is from Brgy. Callawa while Ehavez hails from Buhangin.

Phil Cycling deputy secretary general for Mindanao Salvador "Jun" Paholio, in Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum, said he's confident the Dabawenyos will put up a good performance.

"May experience rin ang ating mga riders at may tiwala ako na kaya nilang manalo," Paholio said.

The City Government of Davao supported the riders' participation to the annual Games that serves as test for current national athletes. It also serves as a venue to discover potential athletes for different national training pools.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 18, 2014.

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