ZAMBO AS KICK OFF POINT: Ronda Pilipinas starts today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 January 2013 14:50

Ninety-six (96) of the country’s toughest and hardest charging professional cyclists will slug it out for the coveted million peso prize in the 21-day challenge dubbed Ronda Pilipinas 2013 which commences today in Zamboanga City.

The nationwide cycling race will cover 2,200 kilometers of 32 cities and towns in Mindanao, Luzon and Visayas starting at Paseo del Mar at 9am today ending in Baguio City on February 1.

Mayor Celso Lobregat is extremely grateful to LBC Express, Inc., the premier courier in the country for organizing Ronda Pilipinas in cooperation with Total Philippines Coporation and MVP Sports Foundation stressing that Zamboanga will reap multi-benefits from the event.

He enjoins residents not only from the city proper but from the barangays to witness as well as give their all out support and cooperation to the event.

To draw attention to the nationwide cycling race, the organizers yesterday afternoon held a fun ride around the city and later formally presented the participating teams and Ronda Pilipinas crew and staff totalling some 400 during a program at the Paseo del Mar.
The fun ride which started at Paseo del Mar at 4pm yesterday took in the city’s major streets and tourist landmarks from Climaco avenue to Pasonanca, down to Tumaga and back to Paseo del Mar at 5pm for a program and media presentation.
Ronda Pilipinas race marks the city’s first national cycling event and is expected to bring in numerous windfalls in terms of sports tourism. It takes to the streets 96 professional cyclists who compose 12 teams. From Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga, the cyclists will head for Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay and all the way to Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City and Cebu then Manila and finally to Baguio City.
The 400-strong entourage of Ronda Pilipinas to include the cyclists and the staff and crew started arriving in Zamboanga January 10 in time for the pre-race event yesterday and the race proper today, Jan. 12.
Primary objective of the event is 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 the world and firmly establish corporate and sporting partnership with the corporate sector led by the country’s courier of choice—LBC and other sponsors.
Ronda Pilipinas likewise aims to promote the different areas of the Philippines, in this case Zamboanga—through sports tourism. — Sheila Covarrubias