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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Gran Fondo Bicolandia

Naga City - On December 14 (Due to Typhoon Ruby) January 11, 2015 the Heart of Bicolandia will be the kick off point the first ever Gran Fondo in the region. Now what exactly is a Gran Fondo? According to granfondoguide.com, Gran Fondo's are mass participation cycling events that were invented in Italy in the early 1900's. The Grand Fondo's have been part of the Italian Cycling culture and tradition for over a hundred years. Bicol by far has been sharing a part of the cycling map enjoyed by many enthusiasts from all over the country and the world. The Gran Fondo Bicolandia is a 120 km bike ride starting from Naga City and will pass through the municipalities of Sagnay and Tiwi, the City of Tabaco, and ends in Legazpi City. 

The Gran Fondo is an organized group ride with reset and feed stops. Panoramic view of Mt. Isarog then passing along the coastal towns of Sangay-Tiwi and finishing with the majestic view of Mayon Volcano awaits the cyclists.

According the event organizers Mr. Kevin Tiambeng and Mr. Andreco Primero, they have chosen TrangkoPH together with Trizone Events as their partners during this event because not only that they are the specific key groups in this event but they are experts in their respective fields as well. Surely, with this two groups tied-up together, the event will be surely a successful one not only on the organizers' side, but definitely on the side of the sponsors as well because of the big population of each town that the route will be passing by with a combined population of 563935 which consists of town locals, consumers, spectators and support crew.

Entry fee is priced at Php 2000 with a limited edition Gran Fondo Jersey or Php 700 without the jersey. The race fee is also inclusive of on course support, meal at the finishline, and transport back to Naga City after the race. The event is fully-supported with Rest Stops along the way. 

All Rest Stops will supply: Fresh water, isotonic/electrolyte beverages, nutritional supplements, first aid attendants, mechanical assistance with trained mechanics and tools available to assist riders in making repairs.

Here are some of the technicalities about the Gran Fondo Bicolandia. Lifted from the FB Event Page 

Riders must maintain an average speed of 20 km/h (including rest stops) in order to stay within the event. If you are travelling below the 20 km/h average speed, you will at some point be passed by the “End of Ride Car". This vehicle will be the first of the Sweep Entourage vehicles. All the vehicles in the Sweep Entourage and their respective roles are as follows:
  • Event Sweep - Represents the tail end of the official event. It is an indicator to riders, event staff, spectators etc. that all riders following behind it are following rules of the road.
  • Rider Bus - Will offer a ride to the finish line to any riders following behind the "End of ride Car"
  • Bike Van - Will transport the bikes of any riders accepting a ride to the finish line
All official, on-course event support will be closed shortly after the "End of Ride Car" passes. If you are passed by the Car, you will be stopped by the Rider Bus and offered the opportunity to board it for a ride to the finish. The Bike Van in the Sweep Entourage will take your bike to the finish.

If you do not accept a ride to the finish line and decide instead to continue riding, the following details are in effect for the duration of your ride to the finish line:

- Normal traffic patterns may resume 
- The special event traffic control management at intersections and along the route may be removed
- The event signage may be removed
- Water, mechanical, nutritional and medical support from the event may be unavailable for the remainder of your trip

NOTE: If you are able to speed up and pass the Event Sweep, please do so safely. You will be welcomed back into the event.

To secure your entry please send the following info:
  • Full Name
  • Contact No
  • Jersey size
  • Hotel**
For Payments:
Bank details are as follows
BDO Account name: Kevin Abel R Tiambeng
Account number: 00 800 0005471
Account type: Savings

Participants are also reminded to please send a photo of the deposit slip to kev_tiambeng@yahoo.com.ph or Facebook: Kevin Tiambeng. If you are residing outside Naga City, please contact the organizers ASAP for travel and hotel arrangements so that they could fix a special rate with the hotel and transportation partners exclusively for the event's participants. Please SMS at 09175457045 for other inquiries.


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