Last week’s inaugural Circulo Verde Chasedown was the site of a number of firsts, as in the case of Ronnel Hualada, a long-time campaigner who emerged as the race’s strongest fixed gear cyclist. It was Hualada’s first time to compete in an eliminator format race, wherein the slowest cyclist of each lap is eliminated, with the last to be eliminated emerging as the winner.
Hualada edged out his Go for Gold teammates Jerry Roa Aquino and Agustin Querimit, who placed second and third, respectively. For his feat, Hualada has secured his spot in the upcoming Red Bull Last Stand (another eliminator style race) event in San Antonio, Texas.
The 1st Circulo Verde Chasedown was organized by Metro Race Collective in partnership with Ortigas & Company, and held on March 19, 2017, in Circulo Verde, Quezon City.
Of the event, organizer Metro Sun’s Melvin Sun said, “Our event has the opportunity to reach global standards and we feel should put the Philippines on the map. We see it as a coming of age and a way to recognize the local talent we have and spur them forward. ”
Joining Hualada as a newcomer to knock-out style racing is Japo Parcero, a traditionally long-distance cyclist who claimed the top spot in the Women’s Fixed Gear race.
“Well, I didn’t expect it, because this is my first criterium race,” says Parcero. While confidence may work for others, Parcero’s expectation of the competition’s outcome, matched with her dedication and hardwork, earned her a well-deserved win.
Here are the complete results of the inaugural Circulo Verde Chasedown:
|Men’s Fixed Race|
1. Ronnel Hualda
2. Jerry Roa Aquino
3. Agustin Querimit
Women’ s Fixed Race
1. Japo Parcero
2. Gwyniever Fryce
3. Jannel Geremia
|Men’s Geared Race|
1. Rodolfo Malangsa
2. Joshua Atienza
3. Jeffrey Monton
Women’s Geared Race
1. Mary Joyce Monton
2. Marianne Dacumos
3. Joyce Ann Monton
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