Published in The Freeman Newspaper on July 23, 2011 Saturday issue
by Caecent Noot-Magsumbol, Staff Writer
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor
CEBU, Philippines - Cebu's top junior cyclist Luis Miguel "Igi" Maximo of YKK Bikes departs for Bohol today to join the 4th Kia IronLegs Cycling Race this weekend in Bohol.
The 16-year-old senior high school student of PAREF-Springdale will take the challenge of the two-day, three-stage 123km road race around the province of Bohol.
Recently, Maximo has been elected president of the school's student council. The demands of being a graduating high school student has somehow affected his training lately.
He also just came from a three-day school retreat (July 20-22) and training this week was not possible. Nevertheless, the sport of cycling is very much a part of his student life.
He does not expect much from the competition since there is no junior category and he will be up against the men/adult competitors. This is his first time to race in Bohol and with the recent academic demands, a top 15 finish will be a good result.
His previous races were overall champion in the juniors category during the Grandea de Mayo in Alcantara/Badian, Cebu and overall titlist in Cebu Cycling TeamSix road Race in Uling Naga , Cebu last month.
He used to race in Manila and Luzon and having it in neighboring Bohol will be a good experience. The Cebu Cycling delegation will be headed by Dr. JV Araneta, a columnist of The FREEMAN.