Tuesday, August 30, 2016


July 21, 2016
Luray II, Toledo City, Cebu, PHL

Photos courtesy of Kenda Tires & YKKBikes
Amon Espinosa towed the breakaway group

Chase group

Jonel Carcueva and Amon Espinosa celebrate their 1-2 finish
Road Category B winners Jonel Carcueva (1st), Amon Espinosa (2nd) and Dongkey Sanchez (3rd) receiving their awards from Luray II organizers and officials/

Monday, August 22, 2016


August 21, 2016 Sunday
Luray II, Toledo City, Cebu

After 2 laps into the crit race, a two wo(man) breakaway was formed by Ica Maximo and Andrea Yu

Taking it easy and keeping it close.

The race course was closed to traffic making it safe and fun for the participants and spectators. Job well done to the Luray II officials headed by Junar Pamplona.

Saving the best for last. Getting ready for the last lap solo breakaway.

Ica Maximo (center), powered by YKKBikes, bagged the Women Open title. Completing the podium winners are Andrea Yu (2ndPlace) and Grezel Villarba (3rd Place). The other finishers are Daisy Batac, Sammy Scoff and Virgie Prajinog.


Cebu Daily Newspaper
August 22, 2016 issue
by James Nicole Franz Savellon

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CEBUANA Ana Patricia “Ica” Maximo topped the Women’s Open Category of the Toledo City-Luray Criterium Race last Sunday in Toledo City, southern Cebu.

The 17-year-old Maximo completed the four-lap, 9-kilometer closed-road course in 18 minutes and 35 seconds.

“It was not an easy race. In two weeks’ time, I had to shift my training from the 90k IronMan endurance race to a fast and tricky 9k speed race with lots of intervals, corners and U-turns,” said Maximo.

Andrea Yu placed second while Grezell Villarba settled for third.

In the road-bike results, Jonel Carcueva topped Category B, Xim Amores reigned in Category C and Virgilio Poloyapoy won in the Toledo Open.

In the mountain-bike results, Niko Otadoy was the Toledo champion, Donkey Sanchez topped the Junior-Senior category. Emmanuel Pedroza won the Novice title, Junel Dadong ruled the Intermediate group, Ryan Mendoza took the Masters crown and Ronnie Adlawan reigned in the Veterans class.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


August 13, 2016 7:00AM
SRP, Cebu City

Photos courtesy of Serfas case


Published in The Freeman Newspaper, August 11, 2016 Thursday issue.

Cebuana junior cyclist Ana Patricia "Ica" Maximo, racing for TRIbu Lapu-Lapu, has been ranked 1st in the 90km bike split with a time of 2:56:22 hours in the all-female relay division in the recently concluded 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships held in Lapu-Lapu City.

The former Batang Pinoy national champion was also the fastest among the female cyclists in the mixed relay category, making the Cebuana the top rider among the female cyclists in the relay divisions of the IM70.3 Asia-Pacific wide zone participated by more than 40 countries.

And she did this in her first attempt to complete the grueling Ironman 90K Individual Time Trial race. Her team, the TRIbu Lapu-Lapu, a grassroots sports project of Mayor Paz Radaza of the Lapu-Lapu City Govt., also made it to the Top 5 in the All-Female Relay.

The two-time SAC awardee, who turned 17 yesterday, attributes her performance to the choice of her cycling equipment.

"Some people asked me how I did it, what was the secret," said Icamax. "Training is important of course, but I think what made me a little faster was the cycling equipment I was using during the race, shares the Sacred Heart School - Hijas de Jesus grade 11 student.

To prepare for the Ironman event, she approached James & John Montecillo of YKKBikes to help her set-up her racing bike.

"A 90-km ITT bike course is very long for a solo rider to complete. It usually takes around 2-3 hours to finish it. To sustain the distance, you have to be comfortable riding your bike. The bike should fit you and not the other way around. When your back and neck starts to hurt and you cannot sit properly in the saddle, it will slow you down. Get a good bike fit from an expert to make you more efficient in your ride," said the three-time medalist of Phil National Games.

"We fitted Ica with a Ridley Liz road bike frame because its geometry is designed specifically for women riders. We have to consider that women have different torso length from men. It will not help forcing her to ride a time trial bike if it does not fit her. We also opted to use the SRAM groupset (shifting/braking) because she finds it easier to use," said James "BikeGuru" Montecillo.

"We kept on changing her saddle (seat) to find the most comfortable one for her to sit on, until we found the Fizik perfect for her. We installed the FSA handlebar, seat post and stem based on her bike fit data", said James.

The IM 90-km bike route is notorious for its winds, especially in the SRP area where it is near the sea. A rider will spend 30% more energy battling the winds. Since drafting or hiding in the back of another another rider is not allowed in IM, being aerodynamic is very crucial.

"My light climbing wheels was replaced with a heavier Token aero wheels fitted with Kenda tires. An AeroShell cover was installed in my Lazer helmet, the same used in the Tour de France. A Vision tribars were mounted to help me lower my body position.  The route was relatively flat but windy so "cheating" the wind using aerodynamic components was an advantage," shares Icamax

"I noticed during the Ford Bike Out training ride that the strong winds in SRP made my bike unstable and harder to control so a shift to a stable aero wheels on race day was timely. I now had better handling on the bike and made my ride faster," shares Ica

"During training, I used to finish a 90-km ITT ride in 3:20 hours. Using the proper equipment, I was able to reduce more than 20 minutes into my time. It really helps if you have the right people helping you out achieve your target. I am sharing this experience so that hopefully more girls will try out the sport. Its really fun and challenging," beams the medalist of USA Junior Cycling Series.

Thursday, August 04, 2016



The Ford Bike Out held in Cebu last Sunday July 31 was an amazing sight to see, with 500 triathletes and cyclists swarming the roads of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay Cities as they recon the 90km bike route of the forthcoming international sporting spectacle 2016 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championships.

Thank you Ford Cebu and Ironman 70.3 for this wonderful cycling event.

Photos courtesy of #FeedbackSports Trainer

YKKBikes testriders Ica & Igi Maximo, in Ridley-Lazer racing rigs at the starting line in Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort.

The climb at the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

Along Osmena Boulevard, past ParkMall and towards SM City and Robinson's Galleria

Entering the SRP Tunnel southbound to Talisay City

Getting past the huge SM Seaside City in South Road Properties (SRP)

IgiMax battling the strong headwinds in the SRP area towards Talisay City
#Campagnolo #Santini #Token #Kenda

Approaching Talisay City.
#SRAM #FSA #Vision #Fizik #Lake #Time