Querimit, 65, nephew of 1995 Tour of Luzon champion Arnel Querimit said that he and his two companions accepted the challenge because they believe that the sport could lead to the betterment of an individual.
“We really wanted to encourage all Filipinos to become a cycling enthusiast to keep them away from bad habits like drinking, smoking, drugs and gambling,” Querimit, who was a former 1970 Bangkok, Thailand Asian Games bronze medalist, told reporters in a press conference organized by Mars Kingdom at the Bay Leaf Hotel in Intramuros on Tuesday.
“It [the race]is very challenging but this is a way that we can show them [fellow Filipinos]some of the beautiful places here in country,” he added. “After that, we will also participate in the PhilBike Expo on October 2.”
The 61-year-old former national cyclist Dueñas, the 1984 Tour of Luzon eighth lap champion (Santiago to Tuguegarao) said that they intend to finish the cross-country ride in just 50 days. They will ride on ferryboats to cross from one island to another [Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao].
“It’s going to be exciting and challenging for our part. Biking is our life that’s why we are happy to accept the challenge,” said Dueñas. “Biking is a good form of exercise, one that has improved our strength, increased our stamina, and elevated our cardiovascular fitness.”
Nebres, 33, a professional cyclist for 15 years, said that the cross-country ride requires a very high level of fitness.
“On a bike, it’s easier to get to where you want to go. You get good exercise while enjoying yourself and the scenery, too. We have to be in good condition but we’re ready,” said Nebres.
Their national tour, once completed, will coincide with the opening of this year’s PhilBike Expo on October 2, 2015. It is the country’s first and largest trade and consumer show dedicated to the promotion and development of the sport of cycling and its related industries.