Maximo tops Junior Division in Cebu Criterium

A WEEK after racing with men in the Ride Bohol Cycling Race, Philippine Youth Games champion Ana Patricia “Ica” Maximo of, using a Fizik-Lazer rig, dominated the Women Juniors 18-Under category of the Cebu Criterium Championships dubbed Race for Nilo Barbalose in Toledo City.

Maximo won with a time of 29:27, while triathlete Aaliyah Mataragnon got second place and Artem Enario finished at third.

Organized by Keith DeFeibre of CA, USA, the race ended with Maximo winning the top prize of P5,000 cash in what has become the richest women’s cycling race in Cebu in recent memory.

“I’m so excited I was able to pull it off. Racing with men helped my confidence. I raced patiently during the early part of the race and just coasted along with the others,” said Maximo, who also has four medals in the Philippine National Games.

With three laps remaining, Maximo made her move and increased the pace and in the final 200 meters, she sprinted and made a solo breakaway toward the uphill finish.

“We are very grateful to Keith DeFeibre for organizing this race not only for men but especially for women and juniors divisions and for offering equal prizes for both genders,” said the Grade 10 student of Sacred Heart School - Hijas de Cebu.

“This is how we do cycling in America and I am bringing this experience to Cebu. Everyone should have equal opportunity to enjoy the sport, especially the women and junior riders,” said Keith, one of the racing directors of Sea Otter Classic in Monterrey, California.

All the proceeds of the race will go to Nilo Barbalose, a local cyclist who met an untimely accident.

In the men’s open road race, Oscar Rindole of Nueva Ecija bagged the P10,000 first prize over national team member John Mier, while Christian Cabonita settled for third. In the men’s 45-above division, DeFeibre won the title over Philip Sainz and veteran Rolando Pagnanawon.

In the 19-44 division, Jonel Carcueva won the title over Rolly Cabaluna and Joseph Miller, while triathlete Yuan Chiongbian won the 18-Under title over Arjay Beato and Raymart Tampus. PR

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