Thursday, November 26, 2015
BGC CycleAsia Philippines, happened last November 20 to 22, 2015 at the Bonifacio Global City, is a part of Cycle Asia, a networkof premier cycling events across the region that offers participants the rare opportunity to ride on safe closed public roads in major Asian cities.
“We at Sunrise Events, Inc. are very proud to be staging the BGC Cycle Asia Philippines for the third time this year. It is another one of the world-class sports event that we have in our yearly calendar and I am as usual glad to welcome back Spectrum Worldwide and BGC as our major partners for this event. Cycling as a sport and fitness activity has been growing tremendously in the country and we at Sunrise Events look forward to bringing a fun and awesome safe ride along the roads of Metro Manila to the cyclists, young and old alike.”, said Mr. Fred Uytengsu, CEO of organizer Sunrise Events Inc.
Meanwhile, in a message sent to BGC Cycle Asia Philippines, Spectrum Worldwide CEO Chris Robb shared, “I am delighted to be back in Manila for the third Edition of BGC Cycle Asia Philippines and excited to see the ongoing success of this fantastic event which would not be possible without the tremendous support of BGC and Sunrise Events. We are delighted to have two Cycle Asia events in Manila and I always love the opportunity to participate with the confidence that all the operational and safety aspects have been well taken care of.”
The event catered to cyclists of all ages and abilities with The Tricycle Ride, The Kids’ Ride, The Community Ride (20km), The Challenge (40km) and the much-awaited Ride with Robbie (40km) categories.
The Ride with Robbie category allowed Filipino riders the chance to ride with former yellow jersey wearer and three-time Tour de France Green Jersey Sprinters’ Classification winner, Australian Robbie McEwen, who will be here to join this event for the third straight time.
“I’m both proud & excited to take part in the 2015 BGC CycleAsia Philippines. It’s my 3rd visit to the Philippines for the event & I’m looking forward to riding with everyone again on closed roads around BGC & Manila. Most of all I’m looking forward to the excitement of the kids’ rides. It’s always a highlight to see the kids’ excited & happy faces as they enjoy riding while being cheered on by their families. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend not to be missed!“, enthused McEwen who also happens to be the official Cycle Asia ambassador.
Prior to the ride events, the entire family was kept entertained with a wide range of fun activities in the Cycling & Lifestyle Expo at the Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, the Official Residence of the BGC CycleAsia Philippines for 2016.
The fun cycling action started in the morning of Saturday, November 21 via the kiddie ride categories starting with the 30-minute Junior Challenge ride and followed by The Kid’s Ride and Tricycle Ride categories. This day will be a truly fun bonding experience for kids and their family.
On Sunday, November 22, was the Adult Ride categories. The event kicked-off by the Ride with Robbie with Australian former PRO cyclist Robbie McEwen and was followed by the 40km Challenge Ride and the 20km Community and Foldies Community Rides.
According to Mr. Manuel Blas II, Head of Commercial Operations for Fort Bonifacio Development Corp., “The participation in Cycle Philippines through the years have shown us that cycling is here to stay and that it is going beyond being a hobby and sport where people are more and more using it as an alternative mode of transportation to get around the metro. This insight pushed us to implement more bike racks around the city. Furthermore, it also inspired us to experiment with a bike-sharing program which will be launched in the near future.”
Aside from the cycling action in BGC CycleAsia Philippines, Bonifacio Global City offered 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.
With Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as the title sponsor,and with the valuable support of Taguig City, BGC Cycle Philippines has attracted a number of additional sponsors: Gatorade (Hydration Partner), 2Go Express, (Official Courier and Logistics Partner), Ascott Bonifacio Global City (Official Residence) and others including Subaru, Rudy Project, Scott Bikes, Rocktape, Regent, Garmin, Pioneer Insurance, Herbalife, Storybook.ph, Skippy’s bar and Grill and Purefoods Sexy Chix. Philippine Star and ABS-CBN Sports+ Action are the event’s media partners while Goya and Cetaphil are its marketing partners.