FOR the first time, a local four-man relay bike team composed of employees of Pru Life UK will be joining the world's biggest bike race festival set on August 1 and 2 in London.
The team, made up of VP for Investment Marketing Joy Cagurangan, Information Risk manager Pedro Guzman and staff members Paul Andrada and Joseph Michael Palisoc, is entered in the 400-kilometer peloton relay, a part of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 scheduled on the second day of the weekend event.
Cagurangan, a three-time full Ironman finisher, will tackle the 160-km first leg, to be followed by Palisoc who will bike 120 kilometers. Andrada will cover the 80-km third leg while Guzman will be the anchor in the 40-km final leg.
"We would like to match last year’s record of our CEO Antonio de Rosas who was the one who pushed for the team's participation this year," said Cagurangan.
For her part, Pru Life UK's chief marketing officer Belle Tiongco said sending the team was the company’s way of encouraging their employees to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
This race will see more than 25,000 amateur cyclists take on a similar route used in the 2012 London Olympiad’s road cycling event through London and Surrey.
It starts from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and then goes through London to Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills before returning to the capital, finishing in front of Buckingham Palace.
A total of 95,000 recreational and competitive cyclists from all over the world are joining the two-day event.
Filipinos based in London are also expected to join the other races that include a free cycle, a Grand Prix, and a handcycle classic, all with different variations to cater to all types of bikes.
Meanwhile, aside from the Pru Life UK team, there are also two other Filipinos, Cecilia Rendon and Ariel Avila, who are participating in Prudential RideLondon. Rendon and Avila will enter the free cycling event.