TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Around 400 cyclists are expected to join the first-ever Audax Randonneurs cycling event in the region on Saturday, June 23.
Dubbed as the “Grand Pedal Viaje,” the event will be the pre-opening activity of the 435th Aggao nac Cagayan celebration.
The cycling event, the first of its kind in Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region, is also one of the flagship activities of the provincial government. (READ: Marian voyage, street dancing contest to highlight Aggao nac Cagayan)
Grand Pedal Viaje is an activity organized with Audax Randonneurs Philippines and Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).
Tomi Arugay, the event officer-in-charge, said the audax event will help promote eco-sports and ecotourism in the province, aside from promoting healthy living.
The event is open to any cyclist who can register for 200 km or 300 km events. The expected route will be from Tuguegarao City to Gonzaga with U-turn for 200 km, and Gonzaga to Santa Ana, Cagayan with U-turn for 300 km.
The event will last for the whole day until 12 MN.
“The last cyclist to arrive para mabigyan ka ng certificate na natapos mo [should arrive] at 12 o’clock midnight. Pag lumampas ka na, hindi ka mabibigyan ng certificate,” Arugay said.
No prizes are at stake but completers of the audax can later qualify for other international audax.
Local cyclists as well as celebrities and foreigners are expected for the vijae. Arugay noted that some local bikers are already practicing for the event.
This year’s Aggao nac Cagayan will also feature events from different parts of the province.
The 2018 Aggao Nac Cagayan celebration runs from Saturday, June 23 to Sunday, July 1, with the theme “Cagayan looking northward.” June 29 is the foundation day of the province. Northernforum.net