Unknown to other cycling buffs, my father, Mr. Ed Badua, originally known as "M2" (Mobil Unit No. 2) and partnered with Mr. Earl Sapelino (M1), Mr. Barr Samson and Mr. Bal Domingo, in the 1970s and 1980s, used to cover the famed Tour of Luzon and Marlboro Tour and was part of the cycling entourage in the embryonic years of Philippine cycling.
After finishing the 1,3410 kilometers scheduled for this year's race, LBC Ronda Pilipinas finally concluded in the Heritage City of the Philippines, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.
Santy Barnachea initiated the attack, but TCL rider Kenneth Solis and four others overpowered his pace after the former lost the grip and bogged out in the last 500 meters of LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2020 penultimate stage.
The 21-year-old Go For Gold youngster, Daniel Ven Cariño, rules the 170 km-LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2020 Queen stage and recoups the U23 leadership in Baguio City.
The Philippine Navy Standard Insurance Team led by the 34-year-old and former LBC Ronda Pilipinas back-to-back champion (2016-2017) Jan Paul Morales once again performed another electrifying and overpowering victory by dominating the predominantly flat route, 112-km stage 6, Tarlac To Tarlac path, of LBC Ronda Pilipinas anniversary race in Tarlac Province.
History unfolded as the original 6-man PNSI leaders appeared and completed the race in bunch finish—the first in the history of Philippine cycling race—in the same clocking of 3 hours 12 minutes and 50 seconds.
The 3-man Navy Squad in the lead pack sustained their lead by about a minute in the final eight kilometers and completed the course in a well-choreographed finish at 4 hours, 56 minutes, and 28 seconds.
After months of preparation, LBC Ronda Pilipinas finally and officially started its anniversary race with a bang in Sorsogon City.
Philcyling-Go For Gold National Youth and Juniors Championship is a cycling competition organized for teenagers ages 14 to 17. Its sole purpose is to spur youngsters and other promising teenagers to join cycling at an early age.