Race organizers to do community work during Ronda Pilipinas 2015

RONDA Pilipinas organizers will do community work during the 2015 race, including a visit to cancer victims of Kythe Foundation in Tarlac City on Feb. 16.

Other activities lined up are refurbishing and pavers installation at a school in Antipolo City on Feb. 17 and a feeding program in Dagupan, Pangasinan on Feb. 26. Tree-planting activities are also being planned in Dumaguete City where Ronda will come off the wraps and in Baguio where the race will end.

Ronda will hold a three-stage Visayas Qualifying Leg set Feb. 11-13 and a two-stage Luzon qualifier slated Feb. 16 and 17 in Tarlac and Antipolo City.

The 88 Visayas and Luzon qualifiers will then join last year's champion Reimon Lapaza of Butuan, the nine-man national team led by 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas champion Mark Galedo and a composite European team in the championship round set starting Feb. 22 in Greenfield City in Sta. Rosa.

The Visayas qualifiers Stage One will start at the Negros Oriental Prov'l Capitol and end in Silay City Plaza (172.7 kilometers for elite, 120.2 kms for juniors); Stage Two will start at the Bacolod City Plaza and end at the Bacolod Government Center via Don Salvador Benedicto and San Carlos (158 kms for elite, 110.5 kms for juniors) on Feb. 12; and Stage Three will open at the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol and end in Cadiz City (123 kms for elite and juniors).

Registration forms are available online at Ronda Pilipinas' official Facebook page and Twitter account @rondapilipinas. Riders may also register two hours before qualifying race day for just P1,000 per entry per stage in the event presented by LBC, sponsored by the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation, Petron, Cannondale, Standard Insurance, Tech1 Corp., Maynilad and NLEX and sanctioned by PhilCycling under Cavite Congressman Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino with TV5 and Sports Radio as media partners.

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