History to unfold as Mt. Samat part of 100-mile cycling race

Pru Life UK SVP Allan Tumbaga, left, happily announced that the PruRide PH 100-mile race will breach through Mt. Samat. Ivan Saldajeno
By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG—In a historic moment, the entirety of the beauty of Mt. Samat will be part of a cycling race.

Pru Life UK SVP and chief marketing officer Allan Tumbaga announced on Monday that the PruRide PH 2018 100-mile race will go through the said mountain.

"Cycling races usually just pass by Mt. Samat, but we are the first to go into Mt. Samat," Tumbaga said during the media launch of the five-day racing event at The Brewery at the Palace.

On why Pru Life got the right to go uphill Samat, Tumbaga said, "We partnered with PhilCycling, and we presented to the governor that we'd like to be able to have a ride within Bataan and it will help tourism. They were kind and cooperative enough to allow us to have a race route all over and up Mt. Samat and into the park area."

He then expects of the race that will go through the route of the Death March, "We expect that to be fun. It's kinda arduous 'coz it's going uphill, but it's something that will be different from the rest of the cycling events locally. We expect that to attract attention."

The headliner of the cycling race series that will have two legs on separate periods will start and end at the Subic Bay Convention Center in Olongapo and will go a circuit route through Zambales and Bataan.

The Central Luzon leg of PruRide PH will happen on Jan. 11-14, while a separate leg will take place at the McKinley West area here on Jan. 21.

Main eventing the Taguig leg is a localized version of the Brampton Race and the Slowest Lap Challenge.

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