NAY PYI TAW – Cyclist Eusebio Quinones did several careful takes at the 4-kilometer course he and his teammates would be negotiating Friday before flashing a brief smile.
“Mas malapad ang course ngayon,” said Quinones, at 40 the most veteran among the four Philippine riders seeing action in the cross country finals at the Mount Pleasant Cycling Field here.
The road’s width will be crucial especially during climbs for Quinones and teammates Alvin Benosa, March Mcquinn Aleonar and Nino Surban.
Two years ago in Indonesia, the Filipino riders and the rest got stopped by an Indonesian rider during a climb on a narrow pass, preventing them from catching up with the three leaders, two other Indonesians and a Thai who claimed all the podium slots.
“Lakad kami lahat at iyung tatlo naka-breakaway. Hindi na namin inabutan,” Quinones said.
There will be no repeat of said incident this time, vowed Quinones.
But for the man who has been in every SEAG team since 2003 in Vietnam, there are other factors involved.
“Team tactics importante, tapos kung sino na lang ang kondisyon,” he stated.