TOUR OF MINDANAO: Brand new road race gets going in August

MAJOR RACING. Topnotch cyclists from all over the country are expected to take part in the first ever Tour of Mindanao set in Davao City on August.

The first ever Tour of Mindanao Bike Race will hit the roads in August as part of the hghlighs of the annual Kadayawan Festival in Davao City.

The brand new road race was announced Friday by Rey Hernan Fabe, sales and marketing director of the organizing Radyo ni Juan Network.

“We’re having this event already in August so that the visiting teams can also celebrate the Kadayawan Festival here,” said Fabe.

The two-day cycling event is co-organized by the Radyo Bandera in coordination with the Citywide Cycling Association of Davao (CICAD).

Eight teams have already confirmed their participation, with four coming from Davao City. They are the Longrich Cycling Team, Team MUMHO, Team Wadab, and Team MCV-55 of Davao City.

Also seeing action are Team RCL Cycling of Butuan, LCC Lutayan Cycling Team of South Cotabato, Single Track Team of Koronadal City, and the General Santos City Team under Rudy Laude.

Cash prizes, trophies and medals are up for grabs for the winning teams.

Meanwhile, a separate qualifying race will be held for aspirants coming from Luzon and Visayas for the Tour of Mindanao.

“We will announce it soon,” said Fabe.

The top seven teams from the qualifying race will advance to the Tour of Mindanao.

“Eventually, the Tour of Mindanao will become a national cycling competition with the entries coming from the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” said CICAD Chairman Salvador “Jun” Paholio Jr. (PNA)