Honduran Milton Javier Ramos ruled the Union Cy¬cliste Internationale (UCI) Cross Country Marathon (XCM) world series Philippine qualifying leg titled Nuvali Dirt Weekend 2015 at Nuvali, Laguna on Saturday.
“This is the first time we are hosting the XCM world championship series and it’s been an honor to us. This is the only qualifying event in the country and first in Asia this 2015,” said Nuvali general manager John Estacio during an interview.
Ramos, from team Intense Bikes-Go Pro finished the 60-kilometer course with a time record of 2:12:32 followed by Thai Tawatchai Jerra Vatchatam of team Singha Infinite with 2:20:38.
Filipino Alvin Benosa of BMC Philippines finished third with a time record of 2:21:02.
In the women’s XCM elite division, Portuguese Ilda Pereira of team Mozinho MTB/Martos/HRV won the race with a time record of 3:01:15. Indonesian Yazid Kuzma-wati of team Jabar Polygon finished second with 3:06:42, followed by Filipina Melissa Jane Jaroda of Ground Zero with 3:14:45.
Both XCM champions received $1,000 in cash while the second and third placers received $750 and $329 respectively.
The first 20 male and female finishers of XCM race automatically qualified for the 2016 World Mountain Bike Championship in Laissac, France.
Over 1,800 bikers from Australia, France, Indonesia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore and the Philippines participated in this year’s edition of the tilt with a racecourse designed by UCI.
“We chose Nuvali as host because of their expertise and high standards in setting up a mountain bike event in terms of technicalities, safety and logistics,” said UCI race director Geoff Kronenburg.
Besides XCM, Dirt Weekend also features three races including UCI Cross Country Olympic, Four Cross Race and Cross Country Race, which is Nuvali’s signature cycling event.