Four Filipino cyclists will represent the country in the world’s greatest festival of cycling, the Prudential RideLondon, on July 30 in London.
Professional riders Ismael Gorospe Jr. and Ronnel Hualda and Pru Like UK employees Franco Amian and Marvin Pacis will try to conquer the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
More than 25,000 cyclists are expected to join the event where athletes have to pass through London and Surrey, the same route of the road race event of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“We have a set of four cyclists who all have the strength, skill, and spirit necessary to overcome the challenges of the 100-mile marathon. But more importantly, we have a set of four advocates who forward not only the cause of the charities but also the vision of creating an environment that encourages safe cycling,” said Pru Life UK senior vice president and chief Marketing officer Allan Tumbaga in a statement.
Gorospe, an 18-year-old cyclist from Nueva Ecija, has won various amateur cycling events in the country and was hailed the second best young rider in the recent Ronda Pilipinas race.
He is also currently part of the junior developmental team for Go for Gold Philippines.
“I am happy doing this sport because I can go to many places in the country. But now, to be able to compete in London and represent our country is a great opportunity,” Gorospe said in an interview.
Hualda, meanwhile, is a 34-year old seasoned rider from Tarlac who has been part of the national team for five years and a professional rider of LPGMA-American Vinyl for four years.
Portions of the race’s proceeds will be donated to Bloodwise, United Kingdom’s leading blood cancer research charity, as well as other charity organizations such as Save the Children, among others.