Tolentino POC president Bambol Tolentino

Tagaytay to host Asian BMX racing

July 12, 2023 People's Tonight 404 views

TAGAYTAY City rolls out the red carpet for athletes and officials from eight countries who are seeing action in the 2023 Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) BMX Racing and Freestyle Championships set this Saturday and Sunday at the Tagaytay City BMX Park and the newly-refurbished and multi-purpose Tagaytay City Combat Center.

“Our warmest welcome to the athletes, coaches and officials for the ACC BMX Championships,” said Tagaytay City Mayor and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, who also heads the host national federation PhilCycling.

Riders from Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, China, Hongkong, Thailand and Malaysia poise a challenge to Filipino riders led by London Olympian Daniel Caluag, the lone Filipino gold medalist in the Incheon 2014 Asian Games, and former Asian Juniors champion Patrick Coo.

The freestyle competitions in flatland and park will be staged Saturday with national coach and athlete Renz Viaje leading the campaign in the championships primarily supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, POC, City Government of Tagaytay and Council, First District of Cavite, Province of Cavite and with support from Smart/MVP Sports Foundation, Vans and partner hotels Summit Ridge, Tagaytay Quest Hotel and Tagaytay Hotel Dominique.

The Asian championships are the second major international competition that Tolentino is hosting in Tagaytay City after the Philippine 30th Southeast Asian Games in December 2019.

The event—calendared by the International Cycling Union and the ACC—will be held at the UCI-standard racing facility, the only BMX park in Asia that has a roof.

The motos for the BMX racing events are set Saturday and early Sunday with the finals scheduled for Sunday afternoon, according to PhilCycling secretary-general Atty. Billy Sumagui.

A total of 38 athletes are entered in freestyle—14 men and seven women in park and 10 men and seven women in flatland. For racing, 53 riders are entered in the championships and 35 in the challenge event.