By Vanessa B. Ramos
Some 100 cyclists participated in the 3rd Governor Alvaro T. Antonio cycling race held at Alcala Cagayan to Capitol Hills, Tuguegarao City on June 29, 2012 as one of the activities of the 429th Aggao Nac Cagayan celebration.
The cycling race was organized by the Provincial Warden’s Office and the Cycling Association of Cagayan. Various bikers from all levels participated in the race. The race was clustered into two: Junior and Senior division. The distance from starting line to finish line was approximately five kilometers.
According to Provincial Warden Perfecto Santos, who was the program coordinator, the cycling race targets to promote biking as means of transportation and as a recreational activity for all ages. Santos also said that this was organized to build friendship among participants.
A briefing was then discussed by Cycling Association of Cagayan Consultant Mr. Tomy Arugay before the race started. He instructed the participants to ride efficiently and safely.
Mr. Jaoquin Gazmen, 79 year-old cyclist from Centro Tuguegarao said that cycling is a very efficient and effective mode of transportation. “I’ve been biking for almost 10 years. This provides me numerous benefits compared to motor vehicles. This includes exercise, and decrease of air pollution, traffic, and financial cost,” Arugay added.
Meanwhile, the race has been successful through the coordination with the Philippine National Police Tuguegarao City, Provincial Health Office as the medical team, and Rescue 29.
Below is the list of winners:
1st place – Jonathan Omalia, Balzain
2nd place – Angelo Omalia, Balzain
3rd place – Ronnie Daquil, Iguig
1st place – Rodel Sadora
2nd place – Allan Cayetano, Sanchez Mira
3rd place – Roger Tuliao, Caritan Norte