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by Cheska D. Geli, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
THE youngest member of the Philippine Cycling team, Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo, is off to his first race of the year in the 10th Tour ni Frank this weekend.
The race, organized by Fil-Am Frank Gatdula, will be always be remembered by the junior cyclist as it was his first race experience since he joined cycling back in 2010.
"This is a sentimental race for me," said Maximo.
He started at the age 14 and was discovered then. He was the youngest participant in the event but finished ninth overall in the Category C Open Age.
He had an improved finish last year, having placed fifth in the same category.
"My target this time is to be in the top three. My only regret is that this event falls on the same date with the Cebu City Marathon. Running is my other sport and I would have wanted to run the CCM again," said Maximo.
Riders from Manila, Leyte, Bohol and other parts of Visayas and Mindanao have signed up for the Categories B and C in the Open Age.
The two-day series will have two stages, the criterium race and climbing road bike race in Mandaue Reclamation Area and Transcentral Highway.
Maximo was supposed to fly to Manila this weekend for training but begged off to participate in the Tour ni Frank.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 07, 2012.