BOOTS RYAN CAYUBIT rode a calculated race over a highly technical course to snatch the men’s criterium gold medal in the 2016 World University Cycling Championships on Thursday in Tagaytay City.
It was not an easy task on the 1.8-km course with climbs of 30-plus percent gradients against top international competition, but the 24-year-old Cayubit had a tactical ride that got him the needed points.
He won the first sprint on the 12th lap of the 30-lap event and held on until the 18th lap to pedal to the gold medal.
The Business Administration sophomore at St. Clare in Calookan City was first in the 12th and 18th laps and second in the 24th but lost steam due to cramping legs in the 24th and 30th laps that gave Germany’s Alexander Weifenbach the last two sprint victories.
Cayubit totaled 19 points, only a point ahead of the German, whose team sought clarification over the result of the first sprint (sixth lap) where they believed Weifenbach finished fourth for one point.
A review by the commisaires’ panel of the race hosted by the Federation of Schools Sports Association of the Philippines and ran by Le Tour de Filipinas organizer Ube Media Inc. headed by Donna Lina decided showed Weifenbach was fifth in the lap and did not get a point.
The Germans agreed and the Filipino crowd erupted in celebration.
“Kinabahan ako [about the pending result],” said Cayubit, who owns a men’s team bronze medal with Roland Oranza, Marc Galedo, Rey Navarra and Rustom Lim from the Myanmar 2013 Southeast Asian Games.
Australia’s Cyrus Monk, who streaked to the front at the gun to take the first intermediate sprint, bagged the bronze medal with 11 points. Portugal’s Andre Crispim managed to finish all 30 laps and was fourth with eight points. Mongolia’s Maral-Erdene and Portugal’s Gaspar Concalves were lapped and had to be pulled aside but still got classified with 8 and 6 points, respectively.
“Ang plano ko ho ay magpondo ng points at dumepensa na sa mga last laps,” said Cayubit, whose teammates—Gerald Valdez, Bonijoe Martin, Jay Lampawog and Ismael Gorospe Jr.—could not keep up and were among those who surrendered to the treacherous course and were marked DNF for did not finish.
Cayubit’s victory prevented a double for Germany, whose bet in the women’s criterium, Romy Kasper, was resilient over 20 laps to win gold with 23 points. Nikol Plosai (16) and Monika Brzezna (11) took silver and bronze for Poland.
The championships organized by the International University Sports Federation will conclude its road events with the women’s 80 km race starting at 8:30 a.m. from Nasugbu, Batangas, up to Tagaytay City, and the men’s 120-km Tagaytay-Tagaytay event beginning at 1 p.m.