Another celebrated Filipino rider in the name of Irish Valenzuela is making waves in the international cycling competition in Europe, specifically in Holland these days.
The Albayano rider is among the Filipino contingent who gives pride and honor to the country in Europe, alongside other Filipino riders like Coryn Rivera and Nelsi Rabe, who competed in Prudential RideLondon 2019 in the United Kingdom this month.
The 32-year-old LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2013 Champion is married to Rebecca Escriber-Valenzuela, of Spanish descent, who happens to be his manager and avid supporter.
His career in Philippine cycling started in 2005 when he joined the National team.
Valenzuela was also absorbed in different cycling teams in the Philippines, such as:
- National Team (2005-2009)
- 7-Eleven Cliqq-Continental (2010-2012)
- American Vinyl (2013)
- Team Army (2013-2016)
The 2013 LBC Ronda Pilipinas overall champion also participated in various cycling (2.2) races in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates.
His notable topnotch finishes happened in the United Arab Emirates, where he placed second in the overall general classification at YAS Cycling Race and Gran Fondo Spinney’s 92.
Moreover, Valenzuela also ranked second overall in Cup Tour of Thailand in 2008.
In 2018, after missing three editions of Ronda Pilipinas, the one-time LBC Ronda Pilipinas champ came back and joined CCN Superteam with high hopes in reclaiming his title. However, he just ranked twelfth overall.
In February of this year, the unrelenting Bicolandia pride finished off LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2019, a now UCI-sanctioned race, seventh overall in the individual general classification.
Now, Irish Valenzuela is once again gearing up towards greatness and going the extra mile as he advances and competes with other first-rate European riders in Holland.
According to Valenzuela, he would prove to the world that Filipinos can also compete and win internationally. Likewise, he would showcase Filipinos’ talent and sportsmanship in the sixth largest continent in the world.
Irish Valenzuela wants to acknowledge Mr. Aart Mateboer, who takes the former to different cycling races in Europe.