MARK Galedo and 7Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines will make a much-awaited return and try to reclaim their dominance in the LBC Ronda Pilipinas 10th anniversary race set to start on Feb. 23 in Sorsogon and conclude on March 4 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
Galedo, 34, has vowed to go all out to reclaim the title the team last won in the second edition in 2012. He leads a team that include equally strong Marcelo Felipe and Rustom Lim in the 10-stage race staking P1 million to the overall individual champion.
“We will do our best to try to win it,” said Galedo.
Galedo once lorded it over Philippines cycling as he followed up his 2012 Ronda conquest by copping the Southeast Asian Games gold the next year and reigning supreme in the 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas.
Galedo is on a comeback trail after battling various injuries the past few years and is hoping this year will be a positive one in the race presented by LBC and sponsored by the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation.
“I’m feeling good and confident now especially with the team that I have,” said Galedo, whose other teammates are Mervic Corpuz, Aidan James Mendoza, Nichol Pareja, Jhonrey Buccat and Tomas Mojares.
Galedo also has a score to settle against former tormentor Reimon Lapaza, who came out of nowhere to snatch the 2013 title out of his grasp.
Lapaza, like Galedo, is also making a grand a comeback as he will race for Celeste Cycles PH-Devel Project Pro Team and will try to relive the glory of 2013 when he snatched the crown going into the last two stages of the third edition of Ronda.
Galedo, however, stressed it’s all in the past now.
“It’s part of the race, we’ll just try to focus on the present,” said Galedo.
Other teams seeing action are powerhouse Standard Insurance (Navy), Go for Gold, Scratch It, Bicycology (Army), Bike Xtreme, Tarlac/Central Luzon, Ilocos Sur, South Luzon/Batangas and Nueva Ecija.
Versa, 8A Performance, Print2Go, Petron, Green Planet, Bike Xtreme, Standard Insurance, Spyder, CCN, Lightwater, Prolite, Guerciotti, Black Mamba, Boy Kanin, Vitamin Boost, NLEX/SCTEX, Maynilad, 3Q Sports Event Management Inc., LBC Foundation and PhilCycling are backing the race.