Ronald Oranza and Kate Velasco ruled their respective races in the PhilCycling National Trials for Road at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Oranza was in a class of his own in the men’s road race while Velasco won her second gold medal in the two-day trials. A native of Pangasinan, Oranza led a dominant showing by the Philippine Navy, whose riders finished 1-2-3 in the 147.6-km road race that began and concluded at the Clark Parade Grounds.
Oranza finished the race in three hours, 18 minutes and 25.80 seconds with George Oconer bagging silver with a time of 3:18:32.15 and Ronald Lomotos setting for the silver with a 3:18:35.23 clocking.
“We did our best to protect each other throughout the race,” said the 28-year old Oranza.
“I am praying this trials will mark the return of cycling events all over the country,” added Oranza, one of several national team mainstays who whose performance were evaluated in the trials.
Meanwhile, the same scenario played out on the women’s side as Velasco, the winner of the individual time trial on Saturday, clocked 2:15:17.62 to win the 80.70-km race, with teammate Mathilda Krogg making the podium with a 2:15:19.75 clocking.
“I never expected to win today. It was Marianne (Dacumos), our senior, who’s in our game plan, but I got the opportunity, so we didn’t let that slip away,” said Velasco. (JNP)