Aussies first to arrive for Le Tour bike race
Riders from Australia’s Oliver’s Real Food Racing arrived in Legaspi City yesterday for the eighth Le Tour de Filipinas which kicks off in two days.
Oliver’s Food, a returnee to the race again presented by Air21, is a club team composed of young elite riders who will vie against cyclists from 12 continental teams and three national squads.
Due today in the Albay capital where Legaspi City Mayor Noel Rasal and Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara has prepared a warm welcome are the rest of the field competing in the International Cycling Union Category 2.2 race that will be ran over four stages.
“The riders of the different teams either come in as an entire team or from their respective countries of origin,” said Donna May Lina, president of race organizer Ube Media, Inc. “We expect cyclists of close to 20 nationalities to compete this year.”
Stage One of the race that has Petron and UPS as principal sponsors and Philippine Airlines as official airline partner is set Saturday over a 164.49-km route from Legaspi City to Sorsogon.
On Sunday, the 75 cyclists (five riders to a team) tackle the 177.35-km Sorsogon-Daet Stage Two of the Asia Tour event race backed by Advanced Solutions Inc., Cargohaus Inc. CCN Sports Philippines, IWMI, NMM Customs Broker, Phenom Sportswear, UFL Philippines and WARM.