Elite cyclists from at least 25 international teams will lead the field in the second leg of the PRURide PH 2019, which takes place on May 24 to 26 in Subic.

According to Go For Gold Philippines head and race organizer Jeremy Go, they are expecting riders from Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea.

The Philippines’ top cyclists from Standard Insurance, Go for Gold, and 711 will also vie in the three-day event that offers qualifying points to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Filipino riders Marcelo Felipe and Dominic Perez of 711, Ronnel Hualda of Go for Gold, and Jermyn Prado and Jan Paul Morales of Philippine Navy are some of the country’s brightest bets to the Olympics.

Pru Life UK senior vice president Allan Tumbaga said the event is classified as a 2.2 stage race by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

“This race is very important for Filipino riders because certain points are awarded to stage winners and the top overall finishers,” said race consultant Rick Rodriguez.

“It’s very difficult to qualify to the Olympics where only the top 130 male riders and 67 female riders will qualify in the road race. And they must all come from the top 50 countries,” he added.

Right now, the Philippines is in 41st place heading into the second leg of the PruRide event as well as future qualifying races for the 2020 Olympics.

PRURide PH 2019, the biggest cycling festival in the Philippines, is gearing up for its second leg in Subic from May 24 to 26. Cyclists of all expertise levels can register until May 19 for the Masters Race andGran Fondo.

The festival recently kicked off with Criterium where hundreds of cyclists experienced a Formula 1-like excitement in the different races. Defending champions Jan Paul Morales and Jermyn Prado took home the gold in the Road Bike (RB) Open Male and Female categories. 

Bannering the three-day Subic weekend is the PRURide UCI 2.2 Stage Race, a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-accredited event which will give elite athletes from across the globe an opportunity to gather points to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. More than 25 international teams—including those from Taiwan, Brunei, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan and Vietnam—will compete for individual, team, and stage honors in a three-day race around Bataan and the peak of Mt. Samat.

“Filipino cyclists are talented and we want them to showcase their skills on the international stage. Pru Life UK is determined to give our local athletes a chance to join the world’s biggest sports platform,” says Pru Life UK SVP & Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

The third day of PRURide PH Subic leg on May 26 will hold the competitive Masters Race, where non-professional but avid racing cyclists can experience the rush professional athletes go through. Those who want a fun, chill ride can also join PRURide PH 2019 ambassadors Kim Atienza, Gretchen Ho, and Zoren Legaspi in the Gran Fondo, a non-competitive race in 30, 60, and 100 kilometer options.

Other activities will include the Virtual Race grand finals on May 25, wherein the top 10 qualifiers with the best times during the preliminaries rounds will compete for a carbon fiber road bike worth Php150,000. Cyclists and non-cyclists alike will also enjoy fun activities in Harbor Point, including Strider Cup for 2- to 7-year-old kids, massage sessions, mini basketball games, food stalls, and performances by Gracenote and Callalily.

“Each year, we are excited to make PRURide PH bigger and to continuously engage the growing cycling community in the country. That’s what we’re doing this year by holding bigger and more inclusive races. Ultimately, this helps us advance our advocacy of promoting health and fitness through the sport,” shares Tumbaga.

Pru Life UK holds the annual festival to promote cycling in the country. This is part of the company’s We DO Health campaign which strengthens its commitment to promoting health and fitness among Filipinos.

Register now at pruride.ph to join the Subic leg of the biggest cycling festival in the country. All participants will receive a PRURide PH 2019 jersey while finishers will get a medal. A total of PhP 2 million worth of cash prizes are up for grabs.

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