Circulo Verde Chasedown Determines Entrants to Red Bull Last Stand

On March 19th 2017, the Metro Race Collective, in partnership with Ortigas & Company, organized the 1st annual Circulo Verde Chase Down – a fixed gear, eliminator style criterium event held at Circulo Verde.
In the eliminator format only the strongest survive. The slowest rider each lap is taken out of the race until one winner outlasts the competition, which makes for tense, dramatic racing that leaves little room for error.
On hand for the event were USAC Sanctioned Race Director, Ravi Rajcoomar, and world-renowned cyclist, Addison Zawada, who co-hosted the event.
“I’m here to hang out and chill with everyone here in the Philippines”, says Zawada. “This is a really fun and enjoyable race for the crowd. It’s really spectator friendly.”
“This my first time here in Manila and it was great to see the level of competition”, shares Rajcoomar. “it was really, really high. Cycling can flourish here in the Philippines.
The Fixed Geared Men’s race was the highlight of the event, which saw Ronnel Hualda take the victory in a dominating fashion. It proved to be the cyclist’s strongest showing, coming in over major competition that included Philippine National Team (Go for Gold) member, Jerry Roa Aquino. The victory cements Hualda’s place for the Red Bull Last Stand, which takes place later this year at the Alamo, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
“First time ko mag laro ng gan ‘to”, shares Hualda. “So masaya ‘ko kasi first time ko naglaro nang gan’tong klase na karera, nanalo ako!”
For Red Bull ‘Last Stand’ the typical crit race format is getting a Texas-style overhaul with the new ‘Eliminator’ format. In this cutthroat setup, the rider who crosses the finish line last on each lap gets eliminated until there’s just one rider left to take their final celebration lap.
Other highlights included the Fixed Women (open), which saw a well-earned victory from Japo Parcero.  “Well, I didn’t expect it because this is my first criterium race but it feels awesome”, says Parcero. “It would be awesome for this becomes a regular event, to liven up the scene. It’s awesome Red Bull is doing this!”
Also on hand for the event was the former editor of Women’s Health Philippines, Lara Parpan. “The event is well organized, the community is tight knit so there’s this feeling of camaraderie.”

Final Results:

Men’s Fixed Race
1.       Ronnel Hualda
2.       Jerry Roa Aquino
3.       Agustin Querimit

Women’ s Fixed Race
1.       Japo Parcero
2.       Gwyniever Fryce
3.       Jannel Geremia

Women’s Geared Race
1.       Mary Joyce Monton
2.       Marianne Dacumos
3.       Joyce Ann Monton

Men’s Geared Race
1.       Rodolfo Malangsa
2.       Joshua Atienza
3.       Jeffrey Monton

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USA Cycling Sanctioned Race Gives Filipino Racers a Chance to Compete in the US

USA Cycling sanctioned race gives Filipino racers a chance to compete at The Alamo (San Antonio, TX, USA)
Feb 16, 2017 (MANILA, Philippines) – Last October 15th, USA Cycling sanctioned Red Bull Last Stand, a fixed-gear criterium event held at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The event marked the federation’s first foray into fixed-gear road racing, which has gained attention globally in recent years.
After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the organizers have opened up a unique opportunity for The Philippines by sending RBLS race director Ravi Rajcoomar & world-renowned cyclist Addison Zawada to host the international qualifier alongside Metro Race Collective (Organizers of the Manila Fixed Gear + Ultraman Uphill Races) & Circulo Verde.
On March 19th, Circulo Verde’s Chasedown will host the int. guest and crown The Philippine’s representative. The “Eliminator” criterium they will use will knockout the last rider who crosses the finish line last on each lap until there’s one rider left. The event will consist of four races:

· Fixed Men (Open) ***Winner qualifiers for Red Bull Last Stand***

o Must be 18+ | Provide PHL passport at registration | Be eligible for USA travel

· Fixed Women (Open)

· Geared Men (Open)

· Geared Women (Open)

The event will tie into the main launch of the Bike Playground, the Philippines first Int. pump track facility designed by Swiss cyclist & designer Claudio Caluori. (Velosolutions) “is really a first for the country (and one of the few in Asia)” said Melvin Sun & Aaron Pugal from Metro Race. “Our event has the opportunity to reach global standards thanks to the support and we feel should put Philippine’s on the map. We see it as a coming of age and a way to recognize the local talent we have and spur them forward.”

FB Event Page: win.gs/cvchasedown
More info about Red Bull Last Stand: http://redbull.com/laststand