REX Luis Krog’s team now sets sights on the world championships after the teen rider claimed the silver medal in the Asian Cycling Championships juniors road race in Myanmar.
Son of former national team members Marita Lucas and the late Edward Krog, Rex is being prepared for the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in Innsbruck from September 22 to 30, pending the green light from national federation PhilCycling.
His camp is eyeing training stints in Korea or Switzerland.
Krog finished second behind a Japanese and ahead of a Thai rider in last Saturday’s 103-km road race that drew 48 of the best youngsters in Asia at the Myanmar capital of Nay Pyi Taw.
It ended a Philippine medal drought on the continental stage, after Rustom Lim clinched a bronze medal also in juniors competition in 2011.
The 17-year-old from Caloocan City is eager to make it to the top of the podium.
“Katulad po ng sinasabi nila, marami pa akong kakaining bigas. Pero okay lang naman po ‘yun kasi alam ko naman po kailangan ko pa rin mag-improve overall,” said Krog, whose grandfather is German.
The 5-foot-10 Krog looks a good fit for both road and track events, and his team says overseas training and exposure events should help him prepare for the big races.
“Natural climber siya pero sa pagpalit ng gear, lumalabas rin ang skills niya sa sprint. ‘Pag matangkad ka rin, advantage na ‘yun sa track,” said Jeremy Go, vice president of Powerball Marketing and Logistics Corp., the company behind the Go for Gold project.
“With the kind support given by PhilCycling and UCI, we’re looking for a specialized training for him in Korea or Switzerland,” he added.
PhilCycling President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said Krog’s future looks bright especially with his attitude on training and competition.
“Given the proper training and program, Luis will be a star,” Tolentino said.
Coach Ednalyn Calitis Hualda was all praises for Krog, a senior high school student at the Lorraine Technical School of Caloocan City.
“Motivated palagi si Luis at ‘yun ang pinakamaganda sa kanya. Maganda rin ang kanyang decision-making. At kapag ang isang atleta naniniwala sa coach, anything is possible” she said.
“Motivated palagi si Luis at ‘yun ang pinakamaganda sa kanya. Maganda rin ang kanyang decision-making At kapag ang isang atleta naniniwala sa coach, anything is possible” Hualda said.
Go For Gold has actively involved itself in sports and supports SEA Games champions Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano in triathlon and also has a basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association D-League.