NEWLY crowned Ronda Pilipinas 2015 champion Santy Barnachea has just won a cool P1 million, but his first order of business is to share the wealth with his teammates.
Well-known for his generosity, Barnachea declared that it has always been his nature to share his winnings with teammates - the reason, he said, blessings continue to come his way.
This year will be no different. After becoming Ronda's first multiple winner, the Pangasinense said the top prize will be put in a pool that will be split evenly among the members of the Philippine Navy Standard Insurance team.
"Lahat po ng kikitain ko, ibabagsak ko sa pool 'yun. Pati mga teammates ko ganun din, pooling kami ng kikitain, tapos hating kapatid lahat. Walang lamangan," Barnachea told Spin.ph.
"Okay lang po sa akin na hatiin ito ng pantay, pangit naman ang sobra-sobra pa ang sa akin. May trabaho naman ako," he added.
Barnachea swears more money comes his way whenever he shares his blessings.
The rider, who will turn 39 on Saturday, bared that he has already built his own house, a small business and educational fund for his son from his winnings in a long career that also saw him rule the 2002 FedEx Calabarzon Tour and the 2006 Padyak Pinoy to go with his two Ronda titles.
The proud son of Umingan, Pangasinan, who hinted before the start of the tour that this will most likely be his last, said he'll take a month-long rest before deciding on what comes next in his career.
"Pahinga muna ko tapos bike-bike kaunti tapos dun na ko magde-decide (kung magre-retire na). Pero decided na ko eh," he said smiling.
In the event he decides to call it a career, Barnachea revealed he intends to leave a legacy by looking after the development of his cousin Mervin Corpuz, a rookie in this year's Ronda.
"Aalalayan ko na yung pinsan ko. Sana matulad siya sa akin," he said. "Syempre, if ever di na ko lalaro, tutulong pa rin ako sa team ko. Isa kami sa bumuo nito eh."
Asked what's the secret to his longevity, Barnachea said it's his diligence and dedication.
"Hindi na kasi ako halos sumasakay ng jeep o sasakyan. Bike ako kahit saan pupunta, pati sa pag-uwi ko sa Pangasinan, bike rin ang ginagamit ko," he said.
Barnachea's father, Santiago, was over the moon over his son's latest achievement.
"Masayang-masaya ako sa anak ko, ilang beses na niya kaming binigyan ng karangalan," said the elder Barnachea.
"Nung nag-aaral yang batang 'yan lagi kong napapagalitan at sinasabihang mahina ang ulo, pero sa cycling para napakatalino at husay niya."