When you ride, you do not immediately think of the Philippines.Yet it was held in 2014 for the 53nd time the Tour of the Philippines. What we have to imagine it? Philippines was a Spanish colony for centuries. After the Spanish-American War of 1898, a US colony since 1946 and is an independent country.The country consists of more than 7,000 islands. Luzon is the largest island, almost three times as large as the Netherlands. The capital Manila is on this island. The other big island of Mindanao in the southern part of the country. There is hardly any bridges between the islands of Samar and Leyte are only connected by a bridge across the strait between the two islands. Organize a bike race also has its limitations in the practice round is usually limited to Luzon.
A piece of history
The name and the route of the race is over more than half a century already adapted. In chronological order:
Tour of Luzon
race started in 1955 as competition from Manila to Vigan in Northern Luzon of the capital with z?? s old Spanish center to one of the few cities in the Philippines that have survived from the Spanish colonial period. Vigan is on the World Heritage list. In the following years the course will gradually be extended to a full tour of Luzon.
Tour ng Pilipinas
In the seventies makes racing trips to other islands ?? a real tour of the Philippines.
in the late seventies is Marlboro sponsors the contest. Maybe not a product that you associate directly with cycling, but until the seventies of the last century Dutch cyclists also need to “Willem II” on their jersey. The track will be longer, up to 3500 kilometers.
From 1997, the area of international participants: it takes Asian teams from other countries participated in the competition. Marlboro stays as a sponsor in 1998.
Le Tour de Filipinas
Since 2002 game again held with various sponsors. In recent years, as Le Tour de Pilipinas, clear reference to the most famous round.
Since 2010, the contest is open for cyclists from all over the world. The competition consists of four stages, the total length is about 600 km in recent years.
Kurs Le Tour de Filipinas 2014
In 2014 the competition will be held April 21 to 24. April and May are the hottest months of the year in this part of the world. The average temperature in Manila is 29˚ Celsius. Actually, the game could thus better held in January, the coldest month, but it is no different.
The trail makes this year, the region north of Manila. The first phase runs between the two former US bases, Clark and Olongapo. The second step is the most luxurious: the large and well-maintained toll roads – the Philippines, where there is not much of it-between Olongapo and Cabanatuan. Then further north to exit as Bayombong. And finally the queen stage, the mountains in the summer capital of Baguio. The course can be expected that the decision will fall in the last stage, can be made where the differences.
The contest has an international field, with teams from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, Ireland, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and South Korea. Of course, with the best riders in the homeland.
In the first stage fleeing a leading group of twelve riders. The last part of the stage is hilly, straight through the Bataan Peninsula with some climbing up to 800 meters high. The Australian Sheppard goes into the last part of the race and won by 40 with 2m lead. The peloton ends 7 minutes.
The second stage has a similar course: now escaped a group of thirteen riders. The track is very different: there is a climb halfway, but then the road goes down to the target in Cabanatuan. The two Filipino ?? s in the leading group works well together, fleeing Galedo and win the stage. The peloton ending more than five minutes.
The third stage is back on normal roads, so the package runs short after the start stuck in a traffic jam. The race is neutralized and a little further back streak. The profile of the stage is the same stage two: about halfway up a climb, then the road goes down to the target in Bayombong. A small group fled the scene and won the sprint at the Indonesian rastra. The peloton closed within half a minute.
The fourth step is really to go into the mountains: starting at an altitude of 300 meters in Bayombong, arriving in Baguio at over 1500 meters. The peloton is pretty beaten in the Alps ?? ?? Philippine. The winner is the Laotian Ariya Phounsaveth. Gelado the second and wins the round. The Iranians prove they can climb well to finish with four men in the top ten and win the team classification. Our compatriot Maarten de Jonge is creditable sixth place in this mountain stage.
Cycling is an international sport, there are more than the Tour de France and the Tour of Flanders. Tour de Filipinas have been around for half a century and is alive and kicking.