The atmosphere in Sorsogon City is getting hotter as the race draws closer to its commencement tomorrow, Sunday, 23 February 2020.
Asked about their plans in the upcoming LBC Ronda Pilipinas road cycling race, the 7-Eleven Cliqq-Air 21 by Roadbike Philippines Sports Director, Ric Rodriguez, only retorted that they “will go for the best result.”
Incidentally, Rodriguez was the race director during the inaugural race of LBC Ronda Pilipinas in 2011.
The 7-Eleven Roadbike Philippines joined LBC Ronda Pilipinas from 2011 to 2015.
However, as the committed Continental team was training for Le Tour de Langkawi and other races abroad from 2016 to 2018, Rodriguez’s team had decided to skip LBC Ronda Pilipinas’s three editions in the interim.
In 2019, during the ninth edition of now UCI-Sanctioned LBC Ronda Pilipinas cycling race, the now 7-Eleven Cliqq Air 21 by Roadbike Philippines came to life.
Currently, 7-Eleven is in its second year of joining Ronda Pilipinas after a three-year lull in the competition.
According to the team captain and LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2012 Overall Titlist, Mark Galedo, this forthcoming race will be a grand homecoming of the past LBC Ronda Pilipinas champions in the absence of Irish Valenzuela and Francisco Mancebo Perez–the first foreign champ in the same competition.
Furthermore, Galedo said his team is prepared come this race would have a hardship given the extreme weather conditions and crosswinds in Sorsogon where the first two levels of the competition will be staged.
Galedo had missed the staging of the 2019 LBC Ronda Pilipinas as he was preparing for a prior commitment to attending the UCI flat circuit race in the province of Iloilo.
Compared to the analysis of Reinhard Gorantes, the 34-year-old Galedo chose stage 7 (Tarlac-Palayan City) as a bizarre route and something to be reckoned with of all the stages scheduled in this 10-day race.
Here is a quick look at the jersey and roster of the 7-Eleven Cliqq Air 21 by Roadbike Philippines this coming LBC Ronda Pilipinas anniversary race.