BIKE King’s Joey Delos Reyes showed his might in the road race, topping the punishing 90-kilometer Stage Three to snatch the overall individual title in Category 2 at the close of the Bike United Tour of Subic 2014 last Sunday at the Subic Bay Freeport.
The 26-year-old bike mechanic and Unilab Active Health’s Ben Rana pulled away from the peloton right after the first 25 kilometers before the two engaged in an exciting sprint finish won by Delos Reyes.
“Mas gusto ko ang ahon kesa sa flat kaya talagang plano ko na umatake agad,” said Delos Reyes who negotiated the race marked by stiff climbs in two hours 38 minutes and 46 seconds.
Fresh from a second-place finish in the 60-kilometer road race Stage Two, Delos Reyes accumulated a total time of 5:08:58 to win the individual title in this two-day bikefest organized by Bike King headed by Raul Cuevas and presented by Unilab Active Health.
Cebuano rider Ramonito Espinosa, who seemed headed for the title after topping the first two stages, suffered a mechanical problem in the middle part of the race and arrived 14 minutes behind Delos Reyes (2:52:56).
“Naputulan ako ng kadena at ilang minuto rin ako nahinto dahil nilagyan ko pa ng clip. Sayang, kung di nangyari ito, makakasabay ako sa kanila,” said a dejected Espinosa who settled for seventh spot with a 5:22:31 time.
Rana, who was second behind in Stage Three (2:38:47), finished second overall with 5:11:22 while Mervin Santiago of Sante Barley, who came in third in the final race (2:43:00), bagged third overall with 5:13:44.
Franzia’s Marella Vania Salamat topped the women's race to complete a sweep of the three-stage event also supported by Aboitiz, Subic Holiday Villas, AboitizPower, Orbea, Pocari Sweat, Crystal Clear Purified Water, Shimano, OtterBox, Maxxis Tires and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA)-Tourism Department.
The 20-year old UE student timed at 3:00:45 to retain her title with an impressive 5:36:06 total time.
“My goal was to really go hard on the hills to determine who my rivals would be. I’m happy to have defended my title,” said Salamat.
Veteran cyclists Doray Ellis and LC Langit of Boys Get Chicked were a far second and third overall at 6:07:37 and 6:13:29 even as Jerard Estilo of ASG Quickspeed Philippines emerged champion in the men’s Category 3 with 5:16:17, edging Christopher Lobanon of Shell V-Power Nitro+ (5:17:12) and teammate Agustin Querimit (5:20:42).
Fitness First Cycling ruled the team competition with a time of 15:53:00, with Sante Barley Cycling Team placing second in 16:03:58 and Unilab Active Health Elite team finishing third in 16:21:36.
Bike King’s next cycling event is the AboitizPower Tour of Clark slated for August 16 and 17.