Published in Cebu Daily News on Feb. 9, 2012 Thursday issue
by Jonas Panerio, Correspondent
Rick Gabuya, Sports Editor
CEBUANO junior cyclist Luis Miguel "Igi" Maximo will get his first shot at international glory when he competes in the Asian Cycling Championships which starts this weekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Maximo, a student of PAREF Springdale was selected to be part of the Philippine national squad that was organized and formed by PhilCycling under the mentorship of Tagaytay City Mayor, Bambol Tolentino.
Maximo, who is being backed by YKK Bikes, will be racing in the road race event on Feb. 16. He will be leaving this Saturday to study and assess the race conditions over in Malaysia. The feat is an impressive one for the 16-year old as he is the youngest member of the squad and the only cyclist from the Visayas and Mindanao to make it to the team.
"We want to bring youthful riders to Malaysia since we believe that they are our future cycling stars who will eventually make their mark in international competitions," PhilCycling president Bambol Tolentino said in a statement.
"If you believe in yourself and have the determination and drive, and if you are willing to sacrifice and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done," said the young Cebuano cyclist./CORRESPONDENT JONAS PANERIO