Published in Sun Star Newspaper on May 4, 2013 Saturday issue
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
IT TOOK a Cebuana to break a record in a Luzon-wide cycling race.
Thirteen-year-old Ana Patricia “Icamax” Maximo of Sacred Heart School - Hijas de Jesus became the youngest female cyclist to compete in the tough Pilipinas Cycling League’s Tour of Clark, topping the 10-kilometer Individual Time Trial (ITT) race in the special Youth Girls 12-15 category held last Sunday in the sprawling Clark Air Field, Angeles City, Pampanga.
Using a specially fitted Ridley-Token racing rig designed by BikeGuru of YKK, Icamax negotiated the two-loop 10K ITT race in 18:10 minutes as recorded in the cyclocomputer, clocking an average speed of 30 kph and a maximum speed of 41kph achieved in downhill parts of the route.
“The race was so cool. You can really go as fast as you can because the roads are smooth and wide,” shares Icamax.
“I am lucky I have a brother who teaches me how to race a bike and sometimes lends me his racing gears,” said the sister of two-time Sportswriter Association of Cebu awardee Luis Miguel “Igimax” Maximo who represented the country last year in the Asian Junior Cycling Championships.th
A day before the race, Icamax also competed in the Asian Triathlon Championships, bagging a eigth-place finish in the 350-meter swim, 10-km bike and 2.5-km run in the Mini-Sprint Girls 13-14 division in the nearby Subic Bay Freeport, Olongapo City, Zambales.
She is currently attending the Triathlon Association of the Philippines Camp for the national youth developmental pool under coach Melvin Fausto. (PR)