The country’s Continental Team, 7-Eleven Cliqq Road Bike Philippines, stresses its goal of making it to the 2020 Olympics, even as it goes almost “ all-Filipino”, without the usual foreign members this 2018.
Team Director Ric Rodriguez announced on RP2 the departure from its fold of Spanish rider Edgar Nieto to a Chinese squad and Australian Jesse Ewart’s to Malaysia’s Team Sapura, leaving only Japanese Daisuke Kaneko as 7-Eleven’s lone reinforcement.
Kaneko joins the rest namely Mark Galedo, Marcelo Felipe, Rustom Lim, Nelson Martin, Dominic Perez, Bonijoe Martin, Rjay Peralta, Daniel Ven Carino and newly recruit Warren Bordeous.
The squad founded by Engr Bong Sual , which became a Continental team in 2013 and guided by foreign cyclists the past three years, shall now focus on serious application of scientific approach thru power meters and guidance of a foreign training coach.
It was Team owner Vic Paterno who insisted on the use of power meters, being a useful tool for training , as it gauges arider’s capacity and maximum potentials.
The RoadBikers start the 2018 season at the Pruride Philippine National Cycling Championships, the 2.1 UCI Tour of Indonesia in January, the Le Tour de Filipinas in February and the UCI Hors Cat. Le Tour de Langkawi in March.
Rodriguez also bared that the country’s lone Professional team is coordinating with Philcycling Road and Track Commission Chair Jun Lomibao on how his wards can contribute to the National squad.
The Asian Cycling Championships (ACC) in Myanmar in February and the August Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia are but two among the biggest stints for the Philippine team next season. RADYO PILIPINAS2