BONGABON, NUEVA ECIJA | The first stop of the first Trek UCI Gravel World series qualifier race

The first TREK UCI Gravel World Series in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, is the only qualifier in Asia and among the 15 qualifiers in the world.

It is the first stop of the first Trek UCI Gravel World Series qualifier race for the World Championships in the European autumn.

The said event will be the first-ever event for the Trek UCI Gravel World Series and the first Gravel bike event in the Philippines.

Continents participating in this first-ever UCI Gravel event include Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.

Fortunately, the Philippines is the only country in Asia to host the first staging of the qualifying.

Bongabon, a 28-hectare-second-class municipality in Nueva Ecija, will be the host town. The town is likewise home to the Sibuyasan Festival, which takes place in the first week of April. It is reputed to be the cradle of Christianity in Eastern Nueva Ecija and one of the biggest onion growers in Southeast Asia.

According to UCI Gravel World Series Asia qualifier race director Edrie Ocampo, the Gravel Philippines has already reached its limit of 375 participants as of 01 April 2022.

Two categories, male and female, are divided according to age groups. The top 25 percent of each age group will be qualified for the UCI Gravel World championships.

The age groups for each categorcy 19-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64 and 65-69.

The race routes are divided into 85 kilometers and 65-kilometer race routes, depending on the participant’s endurance. The maximum grade the eager beaver participants will endure is between 12 and 16 percent and is located 3 kilometers from the start and finish.

Reportedly, UCI rules will be lenient this year as it allows any form of the bike except motorized.

The event will occur in Vega Grande in Barangay Vega in Bongabon Municipality, Nueva Ecija, on Sunday, 03 April 2022.

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