Advocates of a balanced life
WHEN a group of executives get together and ride their bike, you expect nothing less than a high-level action-packed race. The hunger for success and competition after all is an innate trait.
In 2010, 44 successful middle-aged executives banded together based on a shared love for wine, sports, and a friendship that got them riding together in the first place. They called themselves the Franzia Executive Cycling Team after their favorite Californian wine.
Even with their busy schedules, these men keep health and fitness as part of their priorities, and have made the effort to hold group rides around Metro Manila at least two to three times a week. Road biking has since kept them in shape, and continues to develop their resistance and endurance, while increasing cardiovascular fitness levels and metabolism.
According to Team Franzia, cycling allows them to manage stress and perform at their best in the work place.
The cycling managers have also taken their hobby to the next level, having competed in the Tour of Matabungkay for the last five years. This 2014, Team Franzia won seven trophies: a Bronze and two Silvers for team captain Jimmy Cadena; a Bronze and Silver for Andrew Ang; and a Bronze and a Silver for Ramoncito Espinosa, the group’s youngest member who participated in the Age 26 to 35 Category.
“The last five years of Tour of Matabungkay saw the steady increase in the number of our participants. From humble beginnings our team has evolved into a competitive yet friendly team that other riders have come to admire and appreciat,” Cadena ended.