SEVEN Filipino riders led by Daniel Ven Carino will vie for honors in the 2019 Asian Road Cycling Championships in Uzbekistan.
The Pinoy cyclists look to follow the path of Rustom Lim or Rex Luis Krogg, who have won medals in the annual continental race.
The 21-year-old Carino, Best Young Rider of the 2018 Le Tour de Filipinas, is competing in his first of two events—the 40-kilometer Men Under-23 individual time trial on Wednesday.
Also riding on Wednesday is 18-year-old Marc Ryan Lago of Taguig City in the 30-km Men Junior ITT.
Coached by Ednalyn Hualda, also the team manager of continental team Go For Gold, the Men Junior squad of Lago, 18-year-old Efren Reyes Jr. and 17-year-old Ean Cajucom will see action in the 105.6-km Men Junior individual road race that starts and ends at Gazalkent — each looking to duplicate or surpass the silver medal finish Krogg accomplished in the 2018 championships in Myanmar and the bronze Lim bagged in Thailand in 2011.
Carino will again head the Under-23 squad in the individual road race that covers 148.40 km also in an out-and-back mountain courses in Gazalkent made much tougher by the temperature that goes as low as 14 degrees.
Ismael Gorospe Jr., Joshua Mari Bonifacio and Jerico Lucero complete the Under 23-roster sent to compete by PhilCycling president Abraham Tolentino and secretary general Billy Sumagui and backed by Go For Gold, one of five PhilCycling stakeholders including Standard Insurance.
PhilCycling will also submit its bid to host the Asian BMC Championships for 2020 during the Asian Cycling Confederation Congress that will be held on Friday at the International Hotel Tashkent. A new International Cycling Union-regulation BMX track is nearing completion in Tagaytay for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.