Italian Domenico Passuello and British Emma Pooley endured the scorching heat of the sun and hurdled all the unexpected and challenging obstacles in the second edition of Yellow Cab Challenge Philippine Subic-Bataan last February 21.
The Italian athlete bagged his first Yellow Cab Challenge Philippines title in the Pro Men field after clocking 4:04:22, while her female counterpart snatched the Pro Women field championship after a recorded time of 4:41:51.
“[The race was] really tough and the course was really really hot and windy… but there are a lot of trees and a lot of station [where you can always refresh,]” said Passuello, a first-time racer in the Philippines.
Finishing just few minutes behind the new titleholder is Danish RasmusPetraeus who clocked 4:09:04. The two-time Challenge Phuket champion was leading the race early in the competition but was outperformed by Passuello halfway through the felt bike course.
“Rasmus was too strong today until the half of the bike so I was pretty scared about [that]but I knew I can beat him on the run. I didn’t know about my gap when I change here in transition [from biking to running]so I pushed a lot in the first 10km run,” said Passuello who has plans to compete again in the next Challenge race in the country.
Despite being unsatisfied with her performance in swimming, Pooley said she really enjoyed the beautiful corals and the two historic shipwrecks that Subic Bay offers. She, however, regained control with the bike portion which she considered as her strongest suit in this race.
“It was tough but [it’s a] beautiful course. I came back to try and win and I really had a good day!” said Pooley who made a comeback after a third place finish last year. The new titleholder and former Olympic silver medallist even owed her win to the volunteers who cheered for her during the race, making a tough race more bearable.
At third place in men’s pro category is Australian Mitch Robbins who clocked in after a time of 4:13:11, while Swedish Fredrik Croenberg finished with a record of 4:14:11 and last year’s second place Australian Michael Murphy landed fifth with a recorded time of 4:33:13.
Rounding up the Top 10 are American Brian Fleischmann (4:38:58), German Till Schramm (4:41:42), Spanish EnekoElosegui (4:43:28), Australian Eric Watson (4:51:56), and Hong Kong national Ivan Lo (4:55:46).
American Kelly Williamson also snatched the second place in Pro Women field with a recorded time of 4:52:14. Trailing behind are British Parys Edwards (4:53:19).