PhilCycling National Trials for Road kicks off this weekend in Clark

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A total of 116 competitors will try outdo one another in the PhilCycling National Trials for Road that will be held on the roads of the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone in Pampanga this weekend.

The event will feature races in individual time trial (ITT), criterium and massed start. Day 1 on Saturday of the trials will see 13 women racing against the clock at 8 a.m. over a distance of 17.1 kilometers. Half an hour later, 54 men will vie in their own ITT over the complete 24.6-km loop which will also be the battleground for the road races set for Day 2 on Sunday.

The Saturday afternoon criterium will see the same set of riders competing around the 2.3-km perimeter of the Clark Parade Grounds. The women’s race will comprise of 16 laps and the men’s contest 20 laps with three and four intermediate sprints, respectively, awarding 5, 3, 2, 1 points—doubled in the final lap—to the top four riders.

“We will be witnessing competitive cycling right on Day 1 of the Trials and with the road races set for Sunday, this event is one compact competition,” said Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and PhilCycling President Rep. Abraham Bambol Tolentino.

The Clark races are PhilCycling’s second trials during the pandemic after the MTB Trials in Danao City, Cebu last month.

The races will be staged under a bubble environment as prescribed by the Central Luzon Regional Task Force, Office of Civil Defense, Department of Health, Philippine National Police, Province of Pampanga and the Department of Tourism. All participants have to undergo RT-PCR and Antigen testing and fans will not be allowed in the bubble staging area at the venue. (JNP)

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