BGC Cycle Philippines

Monday, 29 July 2013  |  Race Announcements

Oooh boy, I’m definitely signing up for this one!  I plan to join the 4ok Challenge Ride as a fun and new way to tour the city.  Hope to see you there!

Event: BGC Cycle Philippines
Date: November 15 to 17, 2013
Venue: Starts in Bonifacio Global City

PRESS RELEASE – Filipino riders gear up for three days of thrilling bike action as Cycle Asia, in partnership with Sunrise Events and Bonifacio Global City (BGC), launches BGC Cycle Philippines from November 15-17 inside the BGC in Taguig City.

BGC Cycle Philippines is the latest addition to the 2013 calendar of Cycle Asia, a network of premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities.

The event will cater to cyclists of all ages and abilities with The Tricycle Ride, The Kids’ Ride, The Community Ride (20km), The Challenge (40km) and various Criterium categories.

– Finisher’s Medal –

F2P bike jersey
– Bike Jersey –

Community Ride Tee BGC_Cycle Philippines_FRONT
– Community Ride Tee –

Community Ride Tee BGC_Cycle Philippines_BACK
– Back of the Community Ride Tee –

The entire family will also be kept entertained throughout the three-day event with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo.

“Cycling continues to enjoy strong growth in the Philippines and we are naturally thrilled to introduce the event at Bonifacio Global City,” said Manny Blas II, head of Commercial Operations, Fort Bonifacio Development Corp. during the event’s launch at the Seda Hotel at BGC.

“While the unique venue will certainly offer local cyclists a fantastic riding experience, we also look forward to hosting visitors from around the region as they enjoy the unique thrill of participating in the very first BGC Cycle Philippines,” added Blas.

Registration activities start on August 1 via online registration and a Cobra Ironman Launch Special where participants in this premier triathlon event are given special registration rates.

All participants, upon registration will receive premium items from event sponsors which include Rudy Project shades, official cycle wear from F2P and technical tees from Felt Bikes as part of their registration inclusions.

Cycle Asia, owned and organized by Spectrum Worldwide, has already played host to two hugely successful events this year with OCBC Cycle Malaysia and OCBC Cycle Singapore, attracting over 5,000 and 11,500 participants, respectively.

The Gold Coast Festival of Cycling will also be featured on the 2013 Cycle Asia calendar with the event slated from Sept. 27-29.

“We are delighted to be expanding Cycle Asia to the Philippines and we look forward to working alongside Sunrise Events who have built an outstanding reputation for delivering first-class sporting events,” said Chris Robb, managing director, Spectrum Worldwide.

Aside from cycling action in BGC Cycle Philippines, Bonifacio Global City will offer a wide range of activities for tourists to take advantage of during their stay. The district is well known for its open-air lifestyle retail and dining concept and public art program, as well as a world-class science museum and parks.

The BGC Cycle Philippines will have as its beneficiary the Firefly Brigade whose advocacy is to actively promote the bicycle as a sustainable form of transportation.

With Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as the title sponsor, Fox International Channel as co- presentor and with the valuable support of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted a number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner), Seda Hotel (Official Residence) and others including Rudy Project, F2P and Felt Bikes. Philippine Star is the event’s media partner.

For more information, check out the BGC Cycle Philippines official website,

Video: Dream Big. Run Strong.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013  |  Race Announcements

If you would like to join the 5th TBR Dream Marathon on February 16, 2014, visit

Thank you to TBR Dream Alumni, Jake de Guzman of Tripleshot Media for this video. Tissue please!

TBR Dream Marathon 2014: Do You Want to be a Marathoner?

Tuesday, 23 July 2013  |  Race Announcements



TBR Dream Marathon is the first and only marathon in the world that caters to first- and second-time marathoners.  While we focus on giving you the best race of your life on marathon day, February 16, 2014, it is also important to highlight the journey getting there.  TBR Dream Marathon gives you a 22-week marathon training program developed by my co-founder, Jim Lafferty.  Our training this year starts on September 16, 2013.   We also give you free Bull Sessions (run clinics) led by our Principal Coach, Lit Onrubia, and Bull Circles (running talks) given by experts such as Dr. George Canlas, Dr. Randy Molo, and Coach Jim Saret once a month leading up to the race.  The best part of this all is running with 799 other runners who will share the same concerns, fears, joys, and triumphs with you as you work towards your dream.

On February 16, 2014, it will be the 5th TBR Dream Marathon so it will be an extra special occasion for us and our runners.


So, now, what most of you have been waiting for!  Announcing the opening of RESERVATION for TBR Dream Marathon 2014!  Details below:

  • WHAT: Reservation for TBR Dream Marathon 2014 opens. 800 slots only.  First come, first served basis.  Strictly for first- or second-time marathoners only.
  • WHEN: FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013 at 12:00 noon
  • WHERE:, our official registration partner
  • HOW MUCH: Reservation of slots is FREE OF CHARGE. If you qualify registration fee of P3,200 will be collected during the registration period.

Just to give you an idea about how fast this thing will go.  Last year, all 800 slots were filled within 55 minutes.  And that was with my blog crashing twice because of the  unexpected load.  This time, we’ve collaborated with to give you a smoother reservation experience. is owned by a friend and TBR Dream Alumni himself, Raymond Racaza, and I thank him for supporting us and our Dreamers.


Now, here’s another surprise!  For those of you who don’t know much about TBR Dream Marathon yet, we’ve also launched our TBR Dream Marathon website: to provide you with all the info you need BEFORE you sign up for the marathon.

Take the time this week to browse through the website and decide if this dream is for you.  Read ABOUT TBR DREAM MARATHON, the 15 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN TBR DREAM MARATHON, and browse through the TESTIMONIALS of some of our TBR Dream Alumni. Go through our RACE RULES & REGULATIONS so you know what you’re getting into and get some of your questions answered in our FAQs.  Don’t forget to go out and ask your running friends too and hear first-hand stories about their Dream Marathon experience.

Then, when all the research is done, sit down and think about this marathon dream of yours and decide if you’re willing to commit to it.  If it’s a yes, then we hope to run with you soon on the road towards TBR Dream Marathon 2014!

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Pinnacle Camp

Friday, 5 July 2013  |  Race Announcements

Wow, I am so glad we’re finally having something like this in Manila! I think it’s great that these services are being offered to triathletes. Even better how coaches and companies are collaborating to further grow the sport.

Event: Pinnacle Camp
Date: July 11-21, 2013
Venue: Pico de Loro Beach & Country Club, Primo Cycles, Focus Athletics



Pinnacle Camp Leg 1: July 11-15 Zoom In Zones Testing

Lactate Test, VO2Max, Power Zones, HR Zones, Etc.
To be conducted by: Radek Valenta
Former Pro European Tour Cyclist, Australian Institute of Sport-Trained,
Coach to Olympian Triathletes and Cyclists,
Venues: Primo Cycles July 11-14 Bike Trainer / Focus Athletics July 15. Treadmill/ Bike Trainer Option
Fees: P 8,500.00 for Zoom In Zones Testing
Or avail of the RETUL Bike Fit Plus Testing Package only from July 11-14: P15,000.00
By Master Bike Fitter Glenn Colendrino *only a handful of slots left due to pre-booking

Pinnacle Camp Leg 2: July 16-18 Gatorade Sports Science Institute Testing

To be conducted by: The Gatorade Sports Science Institute
Venue: Focus Athletics
July 16– Gatorade sweat test/ July17– Hydration planning and Physical Assessment/ July 18– Functional TrainingFees: none *20 slots only

Pinnacle Camp Leg 3: July 19-21 The Pinnacle Training Weekend

To be conducted by:
Dan and Ani Brown of The Next Step
Andy Leuterio of Alpha Training Systems
Ige Lopez of Transition One
Betsy Medalla of Just Add Water
Venue: Pico de Loro Beach and Country Club

July 19 Fri: 4pm, 3k Open Water Swim/ July 20 Sat, 6am Long Brick, 5pm Recovery Swim/ July 21 Sun, 7am Run Session, pm Optional Recovery Swim

Fees: No Coaching Fees, *20 slots only. For Pico Sands Hotel Bookings, email-

To Reserve your slot for each leg, email
Gatorade and Enervon HP drinks available during sessions
Timex, Enervon Activ, Aquasphere, Yurbuds, 2XU and Rudy Project items up for grabs!

The Unilab Active Health Pinnacle Camp
The Next Step
in Cooperation with Zoom In Zones, Alpha Training Systems, Transition One, and Just Add Water
Co-Presented by Gatorade, Enervon HP, Enervon Activ, Rudy Project, Timex, Aquasphere, 2XU & Yurbuds

One Month to Go: Cobra Ironman 70.3 and Alaska Ironkids

Thursday, 4 July 2013  |  Race Announcements

Just one month to go until Cobra Ironman 70.3 and Alaska Ironkids! I was at the presscon a few days ago to learn more about the upcoming event.

– Women Power! with Vimz of Kulit Runner, Lara Parpan of Women’s Health, and Ani de Leon of The Next Step Tri Camp –

– with Ton Gatmaitan representing Gatorade, Anton Gonzales of KSwiss, and Yong –

Mr. Fred Uytengsu, the man behind Ironman 70.3 Philippines, announced that the swim will be slightly modified from last year’s route.  It will have a deep water start in waves.  Use of timing chip starts had yet to be decided upon.  The bike route will be the same as last year’s course (ack headwind again!)  And, the run has been slightly modified.

Kenneth Cobonpue also unveiled his new design for the medal.  The blue in metal symbolizes the swim, the black rubber for the bike, and the brass for the run portion.

– Ironman 70.3 Cebu 2013 Medal designed by world renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue –

Here’s some interesting facts shared about Ironman 70.3 Cebu 2013 during the event:

Individual Category
Female 262
Male 1519
Total 1781

Relay Category
All Male Teams 57
All Female Teams 22
Mixed Relay 43
Total Teams 122
Total Members 366

Total Participants
Individual 1781
Relay 366
Grand Total 2147

PRESS RELEASE: The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines returns to Cebu, the country’s number one tourist destination, as the province hosts its fifth edition as well as the Alaska Ironkids Triathlon on August 3 – 4, 2013.

Already in its fifth year the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 has become the biggest and best Ironman 70.3 race in this part of the world with over 2,000 participants from 35 countries across six continents. All slots for the race were sold out four days after they were offered to the public and more than 600 individuals are on the waiting list.

The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines starts with the 1.2-mile swim in open water at the beach of the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Mactan Island on August 4.

The 56-mile bike ride will traverse four cities (LapuLapu, Mandaue, Cebu City and Talisay). The culminating 13.1-mile run will be at Punta Engano, Lapu-Lapu City.
Race organizer Sunrise Events, Inc. expects the coming race to top the wildly successful races of the past four years confident that this year’s race will be its biggest and most exciting ever.

Alaska Ironkids Triathlon will be held at the Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa on August 3. It is the local junior version of the international Ironkids triathlon series. It is open to youngsters age 6 to 14 years old and aims to promote health among the young through proper nutrition and an active lifestyle.

Leading the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines are the professional triathletes notably three-time champion Pete Jacobs of Australia. Jacobs is a regular fixture of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines. He will gun for a fourth consecutive victory after winning the past three editions in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He will have his hands full against Cameron Brown of New Zealand and Alaska Team TBB’s Mathieu O’Halloran who placed second and third in the 2012 race. Other male professionals to watch out for include Ben Allen Australia, Fredrik Cronberg of Sweden and Michael Murphy of Ireland.



Defending women’s champion Caroline Steffen of Alaska Team TBB returns to defend her crown. Her strongest challenge will come from 2011 champion and 2012 third placer Belinda Granger who is fresh from her triumph at the Century Tuna 5i50 Triathlon in Subic last June.

Expected to compete for the crown are Bree Wee from the United States (who placed second last year), Alaska Team TBB’s Christie Sym, and Jacqui Slack of Great Britain.


The Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines is a qualifier for the IronMan World Championships Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on September 8.

For more information, check out the Cobra Energy Drink IronMan 70.3 Philippines website,