Published in Sun Star Newspaper on June 22, 2011
by Iste Sesante-Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
CEBU’s rising junior cyclist Luis Miguel “Iggy” Maximo topped the mountain road race of the Cebu Cycling Teamsix Road Race in Uling, Naga City,Cebu.
Maximo first secured a silver finish in Stage One of the 27-km. individual time trial, clocking 48:36.83, which was won by Orville Tecson with 48:05.24.
Adonis Bohol settled for a bronze medal with 48:45.11.
However, Maximo was able to recover during the second stage as he topped the 16-km. mountain road race, which was mostly an uphill climb, unlike Stage One, which was generally flat.
Maximo won by clocking 44:17.5, followed by Adonis Bohol with 46:48.94 for second and Garry Fernandez with 48:13.1 for third.
In the first few kilometers, Tecson was controlling the race, staying in front of the group, setting the pace, but towards the middle of an uphill, Tecson unexpectedly slowed down, paving the way for Maximo who is used to uphills.
It was only Maximo and Bohol who were able to sustain the pace. Bohol was not able to catch up with Maximo’s pace during an uphill portion in the last part of the race until the finish line.
“Igi is a good climber due to his power-to-weight ratio. Small, lean body with good legs,” said Jonathan Maximo, Igi’s father in an email sent to Sun.Star Cebu.
Maximo said Tecson, who secured the stage title, was more into flat terrains. The race was able to determine what type of cyclist joined, whether an all-rounder of one who favors certain terrains.
“Igi then is a natural climber,” Jonathan said.
The next race will be in July, in time for the Tour de France, which is the most prestigious cycling race in the world.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 22, 2011.