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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

5th Dirt Weekend Invitational at Nuvali | April 26-28, 2013


Cycling enthusiasts are setting sights on a weekend filled with adventure as they participate at the 5th Dirt Weekend Invitational happening from April 26 to 28, 2013 in Nuvali, a sprawling Laguna community 46 kilometers suburb of the capital Manila.

The Cycling Events
Anticipating the annual Dirt Week happening in November 2013, the organizers have already prepared for greater things that await the cycling community as it introduces a sanctioned race on this invitational cycling spectacle. The two-day cycling competition will comprise of Cross Country (XCO / XCR) and Four Cross events.

 L-R: Arun Saulo (Philippine Mountain Bike Coach), Athena Mendoza (Event Organizer), Jose Villa Jr. (Executive Director, PhilCycling), Atty. Avelino Sumagui (Secretary General, PhilCycling), Beatrice Lajawa (UCI International Commissaire), Aniceto Bisnar, Jr. (Vice President, Ayala Land, Inc.)


Itinerary of the 5th Dirt Weekend Invitational

During the presscon at Skinny Mike's Restaurant and Sports Bar


Professional Badge and License for Cyclists
As Nuvali's flagship outdoor cycling event earns professional badge this season, biking enthusiasts can brace for the future standard of cycling events in the country. The premier sports venue, together with the organizers, have sought to define the future of professional cycling competition from no less than the Switzerland-based world governing body, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and national federation Integrated Cycling Confederation of the Philippines (Philcycling). Nuvali further assured the public that the 1,860-hectare Ayala Land development continues to live up as an eco-community where business and recreation meet.

   Aniceto Bisnar, Jr. (Vice President, Ayala Land, Inc.)

All participating cyclists were required to secure the national federation’s license, especially since the competition will be under the watchful eyes of representatives from around the world and the country's national federation.

Prizes

Participants and Judges
Expected UCI commissaries to judge the competition are Beatrice Lajawa (Malaysia) and Oscar Rodriguez (Philippines). Talking heads also said the mountain bike event is organized according to the UCI and specific regulations.

Among the local squads participating are Bikeworx, Sabak, Potato Corner, Yellow Cab, KTM, John Wilkie, EXO (Executive Off-Road Cycling Association), Cycleline (Mindanao) and Prima / Isuzu D-Max. Moreover, some high profile members of the current and former national team joining the weekend competition are Eusebio QuiƱones, March Aleonar, Frederick Feliciano and Alvin Benosa.

  L-R: Arun Saulo (Philippine Mountain Bike Coach), Athena Mendoza (Event Organizer), Atty. Avelino Sumagui (Secretary General, PhilCycling), Beatrice Lajawa (UCI International Commissaire), Jose Villa Jr. (Executive Director, PhilCycling), Aniceto Bisnar, Jr. (Vice President, Ayala Land, Inc.)

 Race Track Map

The three-week limited registration of the 5th Dirt Week Invitational concluded last April 12, 2013.

Having a very modern design, the eco-friendly Nuvali is slowly earning a reputation as a recommended site of sports activities - like marathons, fun runs, wakeboarding, and this time cycling event - at par with world standards. 


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