TAGAYTAY City — Mark John Galedo and, again, Jermyn Prado were a class act in the individual time trial (ITT) races in Day 2 of the PhilCycling National Championships for Road 2022 on Wednesday.
Galedo, the most veteran in the field, clocked 52 minutes and 43.10 seconds to win gold in men’s ITT raced over 30 kms from Nasugbu to the Praying Hands Monument here, reiterating that at 37, he still packs the legs that made him a former Southeast Asian Games winner and many time domestic tour champion.
“I prepared hard because these are the national championships,” Galedo, riding for 7-Eleven Roadbike Philippines said. “I still feel them in my legs and I’ll go on riding.”
His opponents were also the who’s who in Philippine cycling in the championships co-presented by Standard Insurance, MVP Sports Foundation and Smart and backed by Chooks-to-Go, San Miguel Corp., Petron, Le Tour de Filipinas-Air21-One LGC, Tagaytay City, Go For Gold, Cavite’s First District, Batangas First District, Batangas and the Philippine National Police.
Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance’s Ronald Oranza and Jhon Mark Camingao finished 2-3 behind Galedo at 31 seconds and 2:22 behind.
Nichol Pareja (7-Eleven Roadbike Philippines) topped the Men’s Under-23 also raced over 30 kms in 55:49.20, followed by Macryan Lago (Go For Gold) 14 seconds behind and Arvin Duanne Digap close to six minutes behind.
Former SEA Games queen Prado?
After ruling the criterium with impunity—she gained a lap on her opponents—on Tuesday, she came back smoking anew the day after to dominate the 20-km women’s ITT in 39 minutes and 14.20 seconds.
Two Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance riders completed the podium—Marianne Grace Dacumos (2:30 behind) and Avegail Rombaon (2:39 behind) in the championships that went down in Philippine cycling history as the most attended with close to 600 riders registering across two genders and four categories.
Phoebe Salazar (7-Eleven Roadbike Philippines) clocked 41:56.10 to win gold in Women’s Under 23, followed by Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance’s Kate Yasmin Velasco (42.34 behind) and Mary Joy Zamora 1:53.80).
The other Men’s category podium finishers in the event organized by the PhilCycling headed by Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, also the Philippine Olympic Committee president, were Lance Andrew Lumanlan (34.26), Zack Reyes (1:09 behind) and RR King Roque of Go For Gold (1:28) in Juniors and Samstill Mamites (15:24.40), Justhene Navaluna (15.73) and Mark Kairos Amban (26.20) in Youth.
Raven Joy Valdez (18:53.80), Althea Mae Campana (2:30 behind) and Angelica Altamirano (13:54) were 1-2-3 in Junior and Kym Syrell Bonilla (13:33.00), Rosalie de la Cruz (1:34.80) and Ems Krog (1:36.40) occupied the podium in Women’s Youth.
The road races were scheduled for Thursday and Friday.