Published in Sun Star Newspaper on August 6, 2012 Monday issue
by Cheska D. Geli, Staff Writer
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
CYCLING enthusiasts hope that the unfortunate incident in the Cobra Ironman Triathlon won’t spur fear among fans of the sport.
Although the local cycling and triathlon community are grieving the death of relay participant Ramon Igaña Jr., they hope that it won’t make the public think that cycling is a dangerous sport.
An autopsy released by organizers revealed that Igaña had an acute pulmonary embolism, which caused him to lose control.
“I beg to disagree with some stating that uneven roads at the SRP had anything to do with the accident,” said Ironman local coordinator Oscar Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said that the incident will make athletes more wary about their conditioning, training and probably experience in the different challenges offered by sporting competitions and cited the case of Fernando Zobel de Ayala.
“Although he had a serious accident that could have cost his life a few months back, he chose to race again in Cebu. If I want a race without challenges, then I should ride an indoor bike or run on a treadmill but then again, I could die of a heart attack if I over exert myself,” said Rodriguez.
Jonathan Maximo, father of junior cyclist Igi Maximo, also said that from the narration of the marshal who saw Igaña go pale, it wasn’t the road conditions that caused it.
“It was his body failing on him, not due to his bike handling skills or the conditions of the road kay walay maayong siklista kung ang imong gibati mao na to,” said Maximo.
Maximo had known Igaña since their high school days and he knows that he had prepared for the event.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 06, 2012.