Monday, January 30, 2012

TUTOR, KIPTANUI WIN PHOENIX RUN

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Published in Sun Star Cebu Newspaper on Jan. 30, 2012 Monday issue
by Mike Limpag, Sports Editor


CHRISTY Tutor and Josphat Kiptanui topped the 10K division of the Phoenix Run yesterday at the Ayala Center Cebu.

Kiptanui, who also won the Unity Run 10K last week, crossed the finish line in 34:16, beating Bonifaco Monjas and Douglas Mwiti, who figured in a neck-and-neck battle for second place.

Monjas got second in 34:33.240, just over a second ahead of Mwiti (34:34.290).

In the women’s division, Tutor crossed the finish line in 43:02, 50 seconds ahead of
second placer Madelyn Carter. Marichu Luterte got third place in 45:29, while Nao Idio got fourth place in 56:06.

In the students division, Maria Carmela Quijano ran her way to the girls title in 58:40, one of only two students to finish the 10K in under one hour. Mary Rose Dakay got second place in 1:10:34.

In the male students division, footballer Aldrich Pelenio got second place in 1:01:48, while Jose Antonio Yu got third in 1:03:44. The first placer who finished the race in 56:37 was not identified in the results forwarded by race director Joel Baring and was only listed as No. 192.

In the 5K division, Abraham Missos added his second straight title with a 16:44 finish, beating Francis Kakui (17:12) and Jorry Ycong (17:20).

In the women’s 5K, Lovely Andrin beat sister Jhean for the title, finishing in 21:15, just eight seconds ahead of her sister. Lynle Cardenas got third in 23:26, 22 seconds ahead of Merlita Dunkin.

In the students division, Hans Earl Parel got first in 33:50, eight seconds faster than Clouie Arreglo. Charles Go got third in 37:49.

Victoria Vecson crusied to the female students 5K division in 35:33, beating Cahrele Badelas (40:33) by five minutes, while Melissa Tan got third in 41:33.

In the 3K division, Aldren Agang got first in 8:36, just three seconds ahead of Robert Daang. Crizel Dionson (10:46) beat Cherry Andrin (11:00) for the women’s title, while Cherie Lee Apiag (15:33) got third.

In the students division, Justin Genson won the 3K over Ralph So, while Aaliyah Mataragnon got the girls division title. Ana Patricia Maximo finished second, while Chezka Cabanal got third place.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 30, 2012.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

SWIMMER PODIUMS IN A 3K RUN

THE PHOENIX RUN
January 29, 2012 5:30AM
The Terraces, Ayala Center, Cebu, Phl

3K RUN FEMALE

Ana Patricia "Icamax" Maximo, the 12 year-old swimmer of TEAM maX1mo, grabs the SILVER MEDAL in the 3K Run of The Phoenix Run

Its real!

A gift certificate from Coffee Bean.  Who wants to go with me?

And a 1-year supply from Virginia Foods :)

Of course with the no. 1 supporter and nutritionist... Mom!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A BRIDGE TOO FAR


Igimax crosses the bridge in Trans Central Highway

Stage 2 Road Race 36km, Tour ni Frank
Balamban to Busay Hills, Cebu City
organized by Frank Gatdula & Cebu Cycling
January 8, 2012


His YKKBike takes charge of the road's adverse conditions.

Ridley frame, Campagnolo groupset, Token wheels, FSA cranks, Vision bars, Lazer helmets, Fizik saddle, Carnac shoes, Santini apparel, Kenda tires

LUIS MIGUEL "IGIMAX" MAXIMO, 16yo
CHAMPION - Road Race, Juniors Division
OVERALL CHAMPION - General Classification, Juniors Division
2ND PLACE - Road Race, Open Category B
3RD PLACE - GENERAL CLASSIFICATION, Open Category B

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

LBC EXPRESS MISUPORTA NI MAXIMO

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Published in Super Balita Newspaper on Jan. 16, 2012 Monday issue
Jun Migallen, Sports Editor


Ang LBC Express, nang no. 1 courier company sa nasod, maoy uwahing kompaniya nga moitsa sa ilang suporta sa batan-ong Sugbuanong siklista nga si Luis Miguel "Igimax" Maximo sa YKKBikes sa dihang gihatagan kini og slot nga makaapil sa exclusive U-23 Elite Training Camp sa Enero 11 ngadto sa Pebrero 9, 2012 sa Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Zambales.

Ang camp gidesinyo alang sa mga elite cyclists sa U-23 o kadtong mga nagpangidaron og 19-22 anyos kinsa nasipatay nga adunay exceptional performance atol sa 16 ka adlaw nga 12 ka stage sa 2011 Ronda Pilipinas Tour.

Monday, January 16, 2012

LBC U-23 TRAINING CAMP

LBC U-23 TRAINING CAMP
ROAD TO FRANCE PROJECT
TEAM LBC CYCLING
January 11 to February 9, 2012
Subic Bay, Zambales, Philippines

Sporting Director Chris Allison (left) with the National U-23 elite cyclists who were selected to join the camp namely (from 2nd left) Melvin Mendoza, George Oconer, Jemico Brioso, Gerald Mendoza, Jaybop Pagnanawon, Elmer Navarro, Marvin Tapic, junior rider Luis Miguel Maximo and LBC owner Dino Araneta

GEORGE LUIS OCONER, 20yo
Philippine National U-23 Team

LUIS MIGUEL "IGI" MAXIMO, 16yo
Philippine National Junior Team

MARVIN "BORDZ" TAPIC, 20yo
Cebu Team, 2011 Ronda Pilipinas

ELMER "AZAI" NAVARRO
Cebu Team, 2011 Ronda Pilipinas

JAYBOP PAGNANAWON, 23yo
Cebu Team, 2011 Ronda Pilipinas

JOHN GERALD MENDOZA, 21yo
Philippine National U-23 Team

JEMICO BRIOSO, 22yo
Philippine National U-23 Team
  
KELVIN JOHN MENDOZA, 19yo
Ilocos Sur Team, 2011 Ronda Pilipnas

Sunday, January 15, 2012

CEBUANO CYCLIST GETS SLOT TO U-23 ELITE TRAINING CAMP

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Published in The Freeman Newspaper on Jan. 15, 2012 Sunday issue
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor


LBC Express, the country’s no. 1 courier company, is the latest corporate backer of young Cebuano student-cyclist Luis Miguel “Igimax”Maximo of YKKBikes when he was given a slot to attend the exclusive U-23 Elite Training Camp on January 11 to February  9, 2012 in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Zambales.

The camp is designed for elite cyclists in U-23 whose age ranges from 19-22 years old who were spotted for exceptional performance during the 16-day, 12-stage 2011 Ronda Pilipinas Tour.

The special invitation extended to the young 16 year-old SAC awardee made him the youngest cycist to join the camp.  Though he did not compete in the Ronda Pilipinas due to age concerns and school commitment, his recent inclusion to the Phil National Cycling Team and his participation in junior and open amateur races around the country earned him the special invitation to join the elite camp.

The training camp will be conducted by renowned Christopher Allison, an American elite cyclist who has extensive experience in US and European international multi-stage tours and classic races.

LBC Express, through its sports arm LBC Sports Development Inc, headed by owner Dino Araneta, have decided to support Philippine Cycling by staging the 2011 Ronda Pilipinas and now focuses its attention and resources to the “Road To France” project – a dream to send the first Pinoy cyclists to join the Tour de France.

To achieve this, the Team LBC Cycling will be formed out of the training camp and will be based in Australia this year for further training and exposure in international multi-stage and classic races.

“I did not expect that I will be given a slot in this camp. I should not miss this opportunity because I know that the kind of training I will get will be more scientific and up to date with international standard,” shares the graduating high school student of Paref Springdale School.

“I am thankful for my school Paref Springdale headed by Mr Rick Ampiloquio who have allowed me to join the camp.  My head teachers Mr Jason Dante and Raymond Gone who have patiently supported my studies through on-line homeworks,” said the President of his school’s Student Council.

The young lad will be bring with him in the camp his YKK Road and Time Trial racing bikes equipped with Ridley, Campagnolo, Token, FSA, Vision, Lazer, Fizik, Carnac, Santini and Kenda components for testing and fine-tuning.

The youngest member of the Phil National Cycling Team will also use the training camp in preparation when he represents the country in the Asian Junior Cycling Championships this Feb 8-18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

RACING WITH THE BIG BOYS

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Published in Sun Star Newspaper on Jan. 15, 2012 Sunday issue
by Iste Sesante Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor


AFTER getting shortlisted for the junior team, 16-year-old Cebuano cyclist Luis Miguel Maximo joins the elite team of Under-23 cyclists’ training camp in Subic Bay.

The camp is designed for elite cyclists 19 to 22 years old. These cyclists were spotted for their exceptional performance during the 16-day, 12-stage 2011 Ronda Pilipinas Tour.

According to Maximo’s father, Jonathan, he is the youngest cyclist to join the camp.

Maximo did not join the Ronda Pilipinas because he is underaged but his inclusion in the national junor cycling team got him the invitation to join the training camp.

These cyclists, including Cebuano SEA Games gold medal winner John Mier, are some of the country’s best.

They will undergo training under Christopher Allison, an American elite cyclist who has extensive experience in the US and Europe international multi-stage tours and classic races.

LBC Express has ramped up its support for Philippine cycling, starting with the hosting of Ronda Pilipinas last year. This training will be used to harness the cyclists’ skills. The ones who will come out the best after the training will be sent to Australia to join various competitions there and in Asia for four months.

LBC is directing its resources to the “Road To France” project that aims to send the first Filipino cyclist to the Tour de France by 2020.

They plan to give the cyclists all the needed exposure and will try to get them licensed to compete in Europe by 2013.

“I did not expect that I will be given a slot in this camp. I should not miss this opportunity because I know that the kind of training I will get will be more scientific and up to date with international standards,” said Maximo, who will be graduating from high school this March.

Maximo will also use this training to prepare for the Asian Junior Cycling Championship next month in Malaysia.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 15, 2012.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

CITY TO AWARD CYCLISTS


Published in Sun Star Newspaper on Jan. 12, 2012 Thursday issue
by Iste Sesante Leopoldo, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor


TWO Cebuano Southeast Asian Games medalists are being pushed to be among the Outstanding Cebuano awardees in the field of sports in the Cebu City charter day celebration awards on Feb. 24.

This was disclosed by Cebu City Councilor Alvin Arcilla, who also passed a resolution awarding incentives to Cebuano athletes who excelled in their field of expertise.

The proposed awardees are John Yncierto Mier of Camputhaw and NiƱo Surban of Talamban.

“As of now, the Council has come up with a P10,000 cash incentive for a gold medal and P5,000 for a bronze medal. But we are still deliberating on increasing the amount,” Arcilla told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview.

The 19-year-old Mier, whose father is also a former national cycling team member, captured the gold medal in the men’s 30-kilometer race of the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta last November. He also secured a bronze medal in the individual and team pursuits.

While 25-year-old Surban, who had to overcome a few odds just to join the SEA Games, settled for a bronze medal in the Olympic Cross-Country.

“They deserve to be recognized for what they have achieved as they have made the country and even the city proud,” Arcilla said.

He added that the decision will be finalized during their session and he has requested Mier and Surban to appear.

Before the charter day awarding, Mier will also get a chance to win more honors for Cebu as he is set to compete in the Asian Junior Cycling Championships on Feb. 8-18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He will be joined by junior cyclist Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo, while Surban is also scheduled to defend his dominance in the International Mountainbike Challenge in Brunei in March.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 12, 2012.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

IGIMAX STAMPS CLASS ANEW

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Published in The Freeman Newspaper on Jan. 10, 2012 Tuesday issue


CEBU, Philippines - Bemedalled Cebuano junior cyclist Luis Miguel "Igimax" Maximo of YKKBikes made sure Cebu Cycling's pride is intact by grabbing a gold medal in the juniors (18-under) category of the 10th Tour Ni Frank over the weekend.

Igimax almost scored a twinkill after placing second behind Ramon Espinosa in the open B class. The other top winner of the two-day tilt was Raymond Naquinis in class C.

Aside from the usual open B and C divisions, the organizers added a junior category for the first time to support the growing interest of the sport among the youth.

Promising Cebuano cyclist Luis Miguel "Igimax" Maximo on his way to a solo finish in the Juniors (18-under) category of the 10th Tour ni Frank over the weekend.  Maximo also placed second in the Open B category behind Ramon Espinosa

"It was Igi's local knowledge of the race route in Trans Central Highway that spelled the difference. It was a tactical race. I was following them, and I can see that he was letting his opponents go first at a fast pace, then attacked in a crucial part of the route - a killer climb. He was never caught after that and soloed to victory," noted race organizer Fil-Am Frank Gatdula.

The victory was doubly sweet for the 16-year-old member of the Philippine Team as he was able to outrace Miguel Gonzales of Manila, the overall junior champion of the 2011 Pilipinas Cycling League (PCL). The third place went to Dexel Chu.

The four-leg PCL series brings the cyclists to Subic Bay (Olongapo City), Clark Field (Angeles City), Matabungkay (Batangas) and Manila. Due to budgetary constraints coupled with school commitments, the student-athlete from Cebu was only able to join two legs and thus failed to contend for the overall plum.

"I'm proud of this win because I did it in front of the hometown crowd," said the SAC awardee. "My mentors in Cebu Cycling advised me to take it easy in the first kilometers, wait for the group to pass in that Killer Climb, then make the attack. I was able to escape, rode alone until I saw the finish line with the crowd - mostly my friends, cheering for me!," said the president of PAREF-Springdale Student Council.

The local Trans-Central Highway (TCH) climbing race route is getting to be famous nationwide, with some saying it is even more difficult than the Baguio pass. The roads are so steep it can punish unprepared riders - a number of them have to dismount on their bikes and walk through the killer climb or worst, do a DNF (Did Not Finish).

The 36km course started in Gaisano Balamban, traverses the Trans Central Highway and finishes at Buak, Busay Hills, Cebu City.

"My preparation during the holidays paid off. I missed the christmas and new year parties. I want to make bawi na sad," said the graduating high school student of Paref Springdale who will fly to Manila next week to start his training with the Phl squad.

"Im looking forward to defend the junior title. With the support of Cebu sports community, we can make it more exciting next year," said Igimax. The out-of-town participants will probably stay a couple more days to study the route prior to the race next year. This will be good for Cebu tourism.

Igimax's recent feat was made possible by the support of YKK Trading, Ridley frame, Campagnolo groupset, Token wheels, FSA crankset, Vision bars, Lazer helmets, Fizik saddle, Carnac shoes, Santini apparel, and Kenda & Challenge tires.

MAXIMO NAKA-GOLD SA TOUR NI FRANK

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Published in Super Balita Newspaper on Jan. 10, 2012 Tuesday issue
by Erwin S. Lirazan, Staff Writer
Jun Migallen, Sports Editor

NAPRESERBA sa 16 anyos nga si Luis Miguel “Igimax” Maximo sa YKKBikes ang dungog sa Cebu cycling dihang nakalangkat siya’g gold medal sa 1st Tour Ni Frank Junior Cycling race ning bag-uhay.

Kini maoy labing unang higayon nga gilakip ang Junior Category sa lumba nga nanukad sa lungsod sa Balamban unya misubay sa Trans Central Highway ug nahuman sa bukirang barangay sa Busay, Cebu City.

Gawas sa Junior, ang ubang mga kategoriya nga gikombatihan sa lumba mao ang Open B ug Open C.

“It was Igi’s local knowledge of the race route in Trans Central Highway that spelled the difference. It was a tactical race,” batbat ni Fil-Am organizer Frank Gatdula.

“I was following them, and I can see that he was letting his opponents go first at a fast pace, then attacked in a crucial part of the route - a killer climb. He was never caught after that and soloed to victory.”

Lakip sa gilupig ni Maximo mao si Miguel Gonzales sa Manila, kinsa maoy overall junior champion sa 2011 Pilipinas Cycling League (PCL).

Si Gonzales igo lang miangkon sa ikaduhang dapit unya ikatulo si Dexel Chu.

Nagkanayon si Maximo nga mapasigarbuon gyud siya nga nakuha niya ang bulawang medalya hilabi na kay dinhi sa Sugbo gipahigayon ang lumba.

Gipasabot ni Maximo, Paref Springdale School Student Council president, nga grabe gyud ang iyang preparasyon alang ning lumbaa ug malipayon siyang wala nausik ang iyang paningkamot. Sa sunod semana, molarga na paingon sa Manila si Maximo aron moapil sa ensayo sa Philippine National Junior team diin bag-uhay lang siyang nahisakop.

Gipatik sa mantalaang SuperBalita Cebu Enero 10, 2012.

ESPINOSA NIDOMINAR SA 10TH TOUR NI FRANK

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Published in Banat News on Jan. 10, 2012 Tuesday issue
by Lemuel P. Maglinte, Staff Writer
Yoyo Abayan, Sports Editor

Ang Sugbuanong seklista nga si Ramon Espinosa maoy midominar sa 2012 Cebu RECYCLE Cycling Series 10th Tour ni Frank sa miaging adlaw sa duha ka managlahing binyu dinhi sa Sugbu.

Si Espinosa nigawas nga overall champion human sa iyang back-to-back nga kadaugan sa class B.

Gisugdan ni Espinosa ang iyang kampanya pinaagi sa pag-angkon ca criterium event niadtong Sabado sa Mandaue city reclamation area, gisundan kini og laing kadaugan sa road race gikan sa Balamban ngadto sa Busay.

Nagsunod ni Espinosa ang teen cycling sensation nga si Luis Miguel "Igimax" Maximo sa Paref-Springdale, samtang mipuwesto sa ikatulo si Jonas Ponseca.

Hinuon, si Igimax naghari sa labing unang junior division sa Tour ni Frank.
Igimax

Gipilde ni Igimax ang pambato sa Manila nga si Miguel Gonzales, samtang laing Cebuano teen cyclist nga si Dexel Chu mi-okupar sa ikatulong dapit.

Sa Raymond Naquinis mipilde ni Joseph Carcueva alang sa titulo sa class C division, samtang si Jerome Beldida mipahiluna sa ikatulo. (Lemuel P. Maglinte)

IGI TOPS JRS CLASS OF TOUR NI FRANK

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Published in Cebu Daily News on Jan. 10, 2012 Tuesday issue
by Jonas Panerio, Correspondent
Rick Gabuya, Sports Editor

CEBUANO Luis Miguel "Igi" Maximo added another feather to his cap as he took home the title in the juniors division of the Tour ni Frank last weekend in the climbing race that took the competition from Balamban to barangay Busay, Cebu City.

For the first time in the event's inception, the organizers decided to add a juniors category and the 16-year-old PAREF-Springdale student was ripe for the crown as he blazed through the Trans Central highway to claim the win over Miguel Gonzales, the Manila-based rider who was the overall junior champion in last year's Philippine Cycling League (PCL).  Third place went the way of Dexel Chu.

"It was Igi's local knowledge of the race route in Trans Central Highway that spelled the difference," said organizer Fil-Am Frank Gatdula.

The PCL 4-leg series brought the cyclists to Subic Bay (Olongapo), Clark Field (Angeles City), Matabungkay (Batangas) and Manila.  Due to budgetary constraints coupled with school commitments, the student-athlete from Cebu was only able to join 2 legs and thus failed to contend for the overall plum.

"I'm proud of this win because I did it in front of my hometown crowd," said the recently named Philippine team member.

The 36-kilometer race route started in Gaisano Balamban, traversed the Trans Central highway and finished at Buak, Busay Hills, Cebu City.

Category C was won by Raymond Naquinis with Joseph Carcueva and Jerome Beldida following suit in second and third, respectively.  Ramon Espinosa won Category B and was followed by Maximo and Jonas Ponseca./CORRESPONDENT JONAS PANERIO.

MAXIMO WINS JR. TITLE


Published in Sun Star Cebu Newspaper on Jan. 10, 2012 Tuesday issue
by Marian C. Baring, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor

LUIS Miguel Maximo topped the Tour ni Frank Junior Cycling race last Sunday in Balamban.

The victory was doubly sweet as he was able to outrace Miguel Gonzales of Manila, the Overall Junior Champion of the 2011 Pilipinas Cycling League.

Organizer Frank Gatdula said it was Maximo's familiarity with the race route that got him the victory.

"It was Igi's local knowledge of the race route in Trans-central Highway that spelled the difference.  He was letting his opponents go first at a fast pace, then attacked in a crucial part of the route - a killer climb.  He was never caught after that and proceeded solo to victory," shared organizer Fil-Am Frank Gatdula.

The 36km race route started in Gaisano Balamban, and passed through the Trans-central Highway and finished at Buak, Busay Hills, Cebu City. MCB

Sunday, January 08, 2012

TOUR NI FRANK

10th TOUR NI FRANK
January 7-8, 2012
North Reclamation Area,
Mandaue City, Philippines
Organized by: Frank Gatdula & Cebu Cycling

RACE RESULTS
Stage 2: CLIMBING ROAD RACE 36KM
CATEGORY B

 RAMON ESPINOSA
Champion

 LUIS MIGUEL "IGIMAX" MAXIMO 16yo
YKKBikes
2nd Place

 JONAS PONSECA
3rd Place

 RANILO SENA
4th Place

ADONIS "ISYOT" BOHOL
5th Place

PODIUM WINNERS
Category B

TOUR NI FRANK

10th TOUR NI FRANK
January 7-8, 2012
North Reclamation Area,
Mandaue City, Philippines

CATEGORY C

Last minute instructions from TnF founder Frank Gatdula (left) and Atty Maloy (2nd left).  "Due to some barricades, our new turnaround point will be in Lilo-an" said Jong :)

A very early breakaway by eventual winner Joseph Carcueva (left).  He was never caught from then on.

If looks could kill.  Centi was ferociously super fast that even the McDo delivery was dropped!  Then why he didn't place 1st in the race? He took his turnaround at Lilo-an :)

Past TnF champion Ronnie Adlawan (left) and Team Leo's leadout man Jun "JameBands" Omero (3rd left)

Tata Ty of Cebu Cycling TeamSix is a consistent criterium winner of TnF.  Above photo shows leading the group into a 2nd Place finish.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

TOUR NI FRANK

10th TOUR NI FRANK
January 7-8, 2012
North Reclamation Area
Mandaue City, Philippines


UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS
Stage 1: CRITERIUM


CATEGORY B


CATEGORY C

TOUR NI FRANK

10th TOUR NI FRANK
January 7-8, 2012
North Reclamation Area
Mandaue City, Philippines

CATEGORY B

Start of the 40-minute + 3 laps race

Jonas Ponseca in yellow jersey

Ramon Espinosa (right) leads the race.  Behind him is Victor Viray of Manila

16yo student-athlete Igi Maximo kicked up to Cat B.  Ready for the BigBoyz race?

Ome Rodriguez negotiating the turnaround.