As huge international races ensue, Hualda finds training smooth

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By Ivan Saldajeno

TAGUIG—Pot-Pot Hualda will have a busy three-month international cycling schedule

After earning an opportunity to represent the Philippines in the Red Bull Last Stand Knockout Race in San Antonio in October, he was also chosen as one of the four local cyclists to compete in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 race this Sunday in London.

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The Red Bull race is a circuit race, while the Prudential Ride race is a sprint race, making his training very tough.

In an interview with Dugout Philippines on Wednesday, however, he is so far fine with it.

"Mahaba naman ang preparation, so hindi naman ganoon kahirap mag-adapt," Hualda said after he was formally introduced to the press as a participant for the London bike wars at the Brewery at the Palace.

However, he said he kept his focus training-wise for the Prudential Ride race as he was fresh from competing in the Tour De Flores in Indonesia.

"After London, saka ako magshi-shift ng focus to Red Bull Last Stand," Hualda continued.

This year marks the first time Filipino pro riders in Hualda and Ismael Grospe alongside two Pru Life UK employees will head to London, making this Hualda's first race in Europe.

On his expectations for the race, the 34-year-old veteran simply replied, "Gusto ko lang ma-experience ang Europe."

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