MANILA, Philippines – Riders of Navy-Standard Insurance dominated the 2016 LBC Ronda Pilipinas, with Jan Paul Morales ruling the Mindanao and Luzon legs, while Ronald Oranza captured the title in the Visayas leg.
The imposing Navymen raked in over P800,000 of the P3.4 million at stake in the three-leg event, as they brushed off the token resistance offered by riders from the LBC-MVP Sports Foundation, headed by Rustom Lim and George Oconer.
"We have no secret," said Navy skipper Lloyd Lucien Reynante, whose team claimed nearly every award possible.
"We just train hard, and we have this team-first mentality," Reynante said.
The triumphant Morales is now looking forward to returning to the national team and prepare for next year's Southeast Asian Games.
"I'll just take a brief rest, and I will be back to training again because my next goal is to win gold in the SEA Games," said the 30-year-old Morales, who earned P179,000 in the Luzon leg alone.
Meanwhile, organizers of the Ronda Pilipinas are gearing up for an even bigger event next year.
"After the smashing success of our sixth LBC Ronda Pilipinas, we're eyeing to broaden our horizons and make it bigger and more exciting next year," said LBC Ronda Pilipinas project director Moe Chulani.
This year, LBC Ronda opened the doors for executive racing for the first time, while allowing practically everyone to get the feel of the race with its "community ride" in all three legs this year.
Chulani said they are planning to include mountain biking in their itinerary next year.
"Pilipinas cycling isn't all about road races, anyway," Chulani said.
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