STRONG START FOR KEITH DEFIEBRE CY­CLING TEAM

Cebu Daily News - - SPORTS - /CORRES PONDENT RAY CHAR LIE DIAZ

THE KEITH DeFiebre Cy­cling Team started the month on fire as it bagged four ti­tles in three dif­fer­ent races over the week­end.

Top­ping the list was Pamela Jane Ruiz’s first place fin­ish in the cross coun­try of the Philip­pine Na­tional Cham­pi­onships (XCO) Women’s Ju­niors division last Sun­day in Danao City, Cebu. Ruiz is the first-ever Ce­buana to win in the event. The Philip­pine Team mem­ber Ruiz clocked 41 min­utes and 46 sec­onds, cov­er­ing a to­tal dis­tance of 10.26 kilo­me­ters to win the crown.

The day af­ter, Dongkey Sanchez, Manuel Pe­droza, Rhyke Ar­mas and Melvin Codoy bagged two tro­phies from two cat­e­gories in the Cebu Epic race held at the Tran­scen­tral High­way.

Sanchez and Pe­droza topped the Full Epic cat­e­gory (95 kilo­me­ters) while Ar­mas and Codoy dom­i­nated in the Mini-Epic (54 kilo­me­ters) race.

Adding to the team’s week­end achieve­ment was Nilo Bar­balose, who also won in the Tal­isay Cy­cling Club’s South Road Prop­er­ties (SRP) Cri­terium Race.

Bar­balose reigned in the Masters’ Division’s 10 laps with a time of 37.45.

“Maybe the most out­stand­ing re­sults ever ac­com­plished [by] one team [in] one sin­gu­lar week­end,” Keith DeFiebre, the team man­ager, said in a Face­book post last Sun­day.

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