7Eleven Cliqq Road Bike Philippines eyes 2020 Olympic Stint

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