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2013 Tour of Matabungkay

The biggest amateur stage race in the Philippines is back! 


For the course maps and profiles of each stage, please click here
Click here for Complete start list of participants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 15, 2013

More than 400 participants, mostly from the Philippines are ready to compete in the 2013 edition of Tour de Matabungkay starting on 17th October. Several Asia regional teams will take to the start line, including Hong Kong's Direct Asia and Singapore's Confero Mavericks. Strong competition from the local Filipino cycling teams is expected, particularly from Von Dutch (one of Philippines best amateur and most organized cycling team) and also from the Mossimo Cycling Team who have won the team classification of this event for multiple years.  

The four-day stage race will see competitors racing 333km over five stages, beginning with the 10km individual flat time trial, through the stunning tropical landscape of Matabungkay under the humid heat that will inevitably take its toll on the riders. The largest peloton of 160 riders will be the 35-45 category while the competitive open peloton is a solid 81 riders. There is a small field of 17 women lining up and it looks like Serene Lee (Confero Mavericks) will be pitted against Melanie Ilbacher (Corratec Bikes Philippines) for the line honors. In the men's open race, it is hard to predict who could be the overall winner with so many good riders lining up.

Over the past decade, the Tour of Matabungkay has grown steadily to become firmly part of the Asia amateur cycling calendar and has established a reputation for being one of the toughest challenges, yet a fun experience. For riders that live in Asia, this is an unforgettable event and one that deserves to be on your race calendar. 

For the course maps and profiles of each stage, please click here

The photos attached can be used online for FREE with credit
Photos by Jennifer Carruthers


Last year's winner from the Pro Bike Cycling Team, however this year they are not registered

Some more details
  • The Confero Mavericks, led by Adam Taylor-Campbell are fielding a strong five-man team in the open category. (Ben Arnott, Michael Sagermann, Jimmy Guardino,  and Bastian Dohling)
  • Von Dutch has nine riders led by Leian Cruz and they are the most complete and organized team that will be hard to beat in the road race stages and possibly the 40km TTT.  Ricky Calla is their man for the road stages. (Ivan Leopando, Ramon Acuna, Jessie Tan, Ricky Calla, Bota Gegor, Jim Chua, Henry Se, Jun Saliendra)
  • Asia's premier amateur cycling team, Direct Asia.com from Hong Kong, are sending seven riders and will be led by time trial guru Colin Robertson. Depending on the form of Robertson, they could be the strongest team on paper and only the Von Dutch team has an outside chance of toppling them in the 40km TTT. DirectAsia.com has been racking up some impressive results including a comeback from Kiwi Mark Cook.  (Damian Barrett, Paolo Caputo, Mark Scoular, Mark Cook, Nicolas Faquet, and Jason Baran)
  • Watch out for the young junior team of Globalport, they will be targeting the hill climbing stages to make up time on GC. 
Some local riders to watch for in the action this year include:
  • Bonijoe Martin (Mossimo Cycling Team)
  • No.1 PhilippineTriathlete in ITU Distance, John Leerams Chicano (Mossimo Cycling Team)
  • Ricky Calla (Von Dutch Cycling Team)
  • The Philippine National junior team of Globalport
 

The Baterna brothers, Tour of Matabungkay organizers

About the Tour

The Tour of Matabungkay is a four day action packed five stage race that is held in the Batangas region, two hours south of the frenzied city of Manila. This popular Tour is now in its 9th year and continues its tradition being based around the Matabungkay Beach Resort. The General Manager of the resort, Rico M. Violeta, fully supports the event, saying, "Our beautiful resort has provided a firm foundation for the race and offered a lifeline when its future was threatened. We decided to use the event to help showcase our region for tourism. We have great support from the local government and the police. The roads are fantastic for cycling on too, which makes it an ideal location to hold a cycling race".

According to organizer Quin Baterna, “The former organizer wanted to transfer the race to another area, but the Tour of Matabungkay (TOM), I feel, belongs in Matabungkay. It is already a part of tradition in the cycling culture here so we continue  to hold the event in this region. We wanted to keep the race alive and our vision is that the TOM will become one of the cycling destinations in Asia".


TOUR OF MATABUNGKAY 2013
October 17-20, 2013
Batangas, Philippines

"It's more fun in the Philipppines."
 
CONTACT TOUR OF MATABUNGKAY:
 
Mobile: +63918 9021981 / +63922 8135908

Just outside the Beach Resort of Matabungkay
Cultural performances on roadside during Tour of Matabungkay
Non stop action at the Tour of Matabungkay
DirectAsia.com's Colin Robertson leads the way in the 2012 TTT - Photo: Jennifer Carruthers
Comely girls provide the water on road-side!
A Maverick Confero rider is thankful for the cold water in the intense heat!
Your expensive bikes are guarded under the watchful eye of the Military!
Daniel Carruthers picks up cold water in 2011 - Photo by Jojo Rinoza
Photo by Jennifer Carruthers
A rider sets off for the individual time trial in 2012 - Photo by Jennifer Carruthers
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