by Marian Gladys C. Baring, Asst. Sports Editor
Michael Jerome Limpag, Sports Editor
A NEW Cebuano junior cycling sensation is on the rise in Luis Miguel Maximo, who won back-to-back titles in the junior division of the second leg of the Philippine Premiere Cycling League (PPCL) over the weekend in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The 14-year-old Cebuano from Paref Springdale dominated the 11-kilometer road race to defend his title over Allen Santiago and Rudolph Carolino, who settled for second and third places.
NO SWEAT. Runner and football player Igi Maximo makes his mark in road cycling after winning his second straight title in the PPCL. (Suns Star Newspaper Feb 24, 2010 Wed issue)
Maximo won the first leg of the race held in Manila last month.
In the team time trial, Maximo raced with the Youth Team and finished strong against senior teams.
“Igi’s participation in the weekly criterium at the Mandaue Reclamation Area with adults has helped with his endurance,” said his father Jonathan.
“The PPCL junior field is getting tougher as more and more racers are competing, particularly the triathletes. But the support Igi received from the Cebu cycling community really boosted his morale,” Jonathan added.
Also there to lend support to Maximo was Cebu’s top triathlete Noy Jopson, whose team, the Polo Tri Team, took the second place in the team time trial.
“He encouraged Igi and it really gave him confidence,” said Jonathan.