SOUTHEAST Asian Games gold medalists Mark John Lexer Galedo and Marella Vania Salamat head the elite riders seeing action in Pru Life UK’s PRUride PH 2018.
The event sanctioned by the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) fires off on January 11 in Subic and Bataan, with races also set on January 21 at McKinley West in Taguig City.
The event offers over P1 million in cash prizes, with the champions of the men and women elite categories for both PRUride Professional Road Race and PRUride Criterium receiving P50,000 each.
The top riders also get a chance to ride in the Prudential RideLondon 2018 in July, all expenses paid.
The men under-23 category winners for all races will bring home P20,000 each. The prizes in the men elite races are scaled down to the 20th place with the second and third placers getting P25,000 and P15,000, respectively.
The 136-kilometer road race for men and 120-km for women elite and men juniors is set simultaneously on January 12 on a route that will start and finish at the Subic Bay Exposition and Convention Center. The route includes a tough climb to Mount Samat and a punishing ride over the hills of Morong in Bataan.
The individual time trial (ITT) for all categories will be staged on January 13 over a 30-km (for professionals) and a 15-km course (for amateurs) also on an out-and-back course at SBECC.
PRUride PH 2018 also has the 100- and 50-kilometer Gran Fondo events on January 14 in Subic.
The January 21 criterium at McKinley West features 14 race subcategories.