All set for opening leg of Ronda Pilipinas in Butuan City

RONDA Pilipinas fires off in Mindanao with an out and back race in Butuan City on Feb. 20.

The event continues with criterium races in Butuan the next day and Cagayan de Oro on Feb. 23.

An Individual Time Trial will be held in Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich on Feb. 25 before another criterium in Malaybalay on Feb. 27.

The race, presented by LBC Express, hopes to find another top Mindanao rider after Butuan City pride Reimon Lapaza pulled off a surprise victory two years ago.

"We at the LBC Ronda Pilipinas is excited to return to Mindanao," said Ronda project director Moe Chulani. "Traditionally, Mindanao has its share of strong riders. This year, we hope to produce more champions from the region."

The Visayas leg starts on March 11 with a criterium in Bago City, Negros Occidental followed by another criterium in Iloilo City on March 13, a 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 criterium at Paseo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on April 3, a ITT from Talisay to Tagaytay the next day, criterium in Antipolo City on April 6, a road race from Dagupan to Baguio on April 8 and a criterium also in the City of Pines.

Executive races, a mountain bike event and a community are also set in the event presented by LBC and LBC Express and sponsored by Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation, Petron, Mitsubishi and Versa Radio-Tech 1 Corp. with Maynilad and NLEX as minor sponsors with Aliw Broadcasting Corp. as its official radio partner,

"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.

Interested participants may visit Ronda's official Facebook page

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