Carmona cyclist rules Sorteo Bikefest
MANILA – Oscar Oredina of the Carmona Knight Bikers claimed the championship trophy in the Master B/50-year-old above category of the Sorteo Bikefest Competition at the Town Plaza of Carmona, Cavite last Monday.
The 54-year-old Oredina, of Cityland, Carmona, bested silver medalist Rene Rebotas and bronze medalist Calvin Wong to finish first in the three-lap competition from Town Plaza to Cityland, Tentik, and back.
“I took a big chance on the last corner and railed it as hard as I could,” said Oredina, who claimed the top prize of P3,000.
The bikefest highlighted Carmona’s traditional “Sorteo ng Bukid ng Bayan,” which dates back to the Spanish regime.
Rep. Roy Loyola revived the festival – held once every three years – in 2004 and called it the “Sorteo Festival,” a week-long gala of colorful competitions.
This year’s event will culminate on February 20 with a three-day lottery marathon of communal lands.
Jimmy Espinola won the three-lap competition in the Master A/35-49 year-old category. Herbert Maquinay and Alex Garcia settled for second and third places, respectively.
Members of the Carmona Knight Lady Bikers swept the women’s division, with Ara Naval, Rizalina Liao-Malana and Marilou Lim Reginio in a 1-2-3 finish.
Other notable winners included Aron Quintia (gold), JP Caspadilo (silver) and Vladimir Ulanday (bronze) in the Open division; Peewee Gonzales (gold), Joan Yuzon (silver) and Adrian Alimare (bronze) for the Elite/18-to-35-year-old category.
Carmona Mayor Dahila Loyola along with Samahan ng Siklista ng Pilipinas Secretary-General Manding Bautista, Carmona Knight Bikers head Ronnie Hebron and Road Bikers of Carmona head Fermin Espino led the closing rites. By Marlon Bernardino