Zambo City eyed as ‘Ronda Pilipinas 2013’ kick off point PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 14:07

Ronda Pilipinas 2013, the biggest nationwide cycling race covering over 2,400 kilometers through Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, will be mounted in January 10-February 1, 2013 with Zamboanga City as the starting point.

As this developed, Mayor Celso Lobregat expressed elation over this development saying that making Zamboanga City as the starting point of the nationwide race will help boost the city’s promotional efforts.

He expects the city to attain a number of benefits out of this event, as he expressed full support to the conduct of the activity.

Representatives from the organizer—LBC, a courier company and partners Total and the MVP Sports Foundation yesterday met with Mayor Celso Lobregat, City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. and Chief Executive Assistant Mario Roca in City Hall to discuss the details of the activity.

Ronda Pilipinas 2013, now on its third straight year, is part of the long term commitment of LBC and partner organizers TOTAL AND MVP Sports Foundation in an athletic discipline that Filipinos love and can truly excel.

The bicycle race will feature at least 96 Filipino cyclists  vying for more cash prizes totalling almost P8 million—the biggest prize ever for local cycling, according to Jaideep Chulani, Ronda Pilipinas 2013 Project Director.

From January 10-11, the 400-strong entourage of Ronda Pilipinas will arrive in Zamboanga in time for the race day, January 12 at 9am with starting point at City Hall. From Zamboanga City, the race will proceed to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, then to Pagadian City, Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro City and Cebu.

From Cebu, the race will proceed to Bulacan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan Valley, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya and Benguet.

The race will cover a period of 28 days—18 days of racing and will involve over 2,500 kilometers through Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon.

After meeting with the mayor and other City Hall officials yesterday morning, race director Ricardo Rodriguez and race administration director Joaquin Yabut together with LBC-Western Mindanao Area Head George Delgado conducted a route survey.

Ronda Pilipinas or RP 2013 is aimed to continue the pursuit of providing a strong base for the improvement of the sport and the Filipino cyclist to be back on the highest possible level in Asia as a platform for competing with the best of hte world and firmly establish corporate and sporting partnership with the corporate sector led by the country’s courier of choice—LBC and other sponsors; improve efforts with Local Government Units in optimizing sports events like Ronda Pilipinas in the promotion of tourism and environment protection/ preservation and to build, develop and improve upon the foundations established by the inaugural in all aspects of the project. — Sheila Covarrubias