The PhilCycling 2019 National Road Championships set tomorrow and Wednesday in Tagaytay City serves as a dry run for the conduct of the cycling competitions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
PhilCycling President Abraham Tolentino said the road race routes as well as those in the individual and team time trials (ITT and TTT) are virtually the same course for the SEA Games Tagaytay City is also hosting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
“The national championships will be a virtual operation of the 30th SEA Games,” said Tolentino of the event presented by Standard Insurance, MVP Sports Foundation and Tagaytay City with Ube Media Inc.-Le Tour de Filipinas handling the race management.
The Men Elite and Under-23 ITT will cover 18 kms and the Road Race 132.08 kms, the Women Elite and Men Junior ITT will be 12 kms and the Road Race will be 91.35 kms, while the Men Elite TTT will be 40 kms.
A total of 119 riders registered for the Men Elite and Under-23 Road Race (Massed Start), while the Men Elite and Under-23 ITT lured 68 riders and the Men Junior attracted 43 aspirants in the race that is calendared in the International Cycling Union or UCI. The Women Elite Road Race drew 12 riders and all 12 are also vying in the ITT.