Innovative community rides bring Ronda Pilipinas races closer than ever to cycling fans

THE decision by LBC Ronda Pilipinas organizers to open the door for practically every cycling stakeholders this year via the newly introduced community ride is already getting warm reception from the community.

LBC Ronda sports development head Moe Chulani said they're drawing a lot of interests not just to its pro and amateur races but also to its comunity ride set on March 13 in the Visayas Leg and on April 3 at the Paseo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on March 13 in the Luzon Leg.

Interestingly, the Iloilo date coincide with the province's Bike Festival the same day.

"Ronda is giving everyone a chance to not just be discovered and represent the country in future international race but also to simply give them a chance to feel the Ronda experience by joining our community ride," said Chulani.

Aside from introducing a new format among other innovations, Ronda has also included a mountain bike race in each and every leg of its sixth edition presented by LBC and LBC Express, sanctioned by PhilCycling and sponsored by Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation, Petron and Versa Radio-Tech 1 Corp. with Maynilad and NLEX as minor sponsors.

"LBC Sports Devt Corp. feels everyone should have the chance to join Ronda Pilipinas 2016, not just the elite riders," said Chulani.

"That's why Ronda Pilipinas 2016 will be a bigger and better event where we will have everyone including the executives and amateurs joining us," he added.

Ronda will officially start on February 20 with a road race from Butuan City and back, proceeds with a criterium in the same city the next day and in Cagayn de Oro on February 23, an ITT in Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich on February 25 before concluding with another criterium in Malaybalay on Feb. 27.

The Visayas leg is composed of a Stage One criterium in Bago City, Negros Occidental on March 11, Stage Two criterium in Iloilo City on March 13, a Stage Three road race from Ilolilo to Roxas City on March 15, a Stage Four criterium and Stage Five ITT both in Roxas on March 17.

Capping Ronda is the Luzon stages consisting of a Stage One criterium at the Paseo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on April 3, a Stage Two ITT from Talisay to Tagaytay the next day, a Stage Three criterium in Antipolo City on April 6, a Stage Four road race from Dagupan to Baguio on April 8 and a Stage Five criterium in the City of Pines.

Interested participants may visit Ronda's official Facebook page and download and fill it up and send it to Cycling Pilipinas (LBC SPORTS DEVT. CORP.) c/o Ronda Pilipinas 2016 Secretariat located at Blk. 11 Lot 2 Bagong Calzada, Grenville Subdivision, Brgy. Ususan, Taguig City.


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