Estayo, Curtan Stay as Track Team's 1-2 Punch
NILO ESTAYO of Tagaytay and Paterno Curtan of Quezon City lived up as the one-two punch of the national track team by dominating the overall mens Elite category of the First Philippine Velo Challenge that wound up yesterday at the Amoranto Velodrome.
Estayo, racing under the banner of Tagaytay International Convention Center of Mayor Bambol Tolentino, amassed 56 points to nip Curtan, the Southeast Asian Games veteran, who earned 52 points in the event co-presented by the First Gentlemans Foundation of Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo and Air21 (Sagot Ko, Padala Mo!)-Tour Pilipinas Inc. Jeffrey Talaver of the MayniLA team of of Mayor Lito Atienza and MASCO chairman Ali Atienza was third in the category with 44.
Marites Bitbit, the countrys foremost female rider, ran away with the womens Elite overall crown, and so did her Elixir Bikeshop293 pointsin the overall team event of the 10-race day Velo Challenge also supported by Pagcor, the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee, Isuzu D-Max (the Philippines No. 1 Pickup), Sharp Phils., San Miguel Corp.Viva Mineral Water, Vittoria Tires, 93.9 iFM, RMN dzXL 558, Davids Salon, Intrasports and dzSR Sports Radio.
Bitbit, a cinch for the womens crosscountry mountain bike and road race gold medals in the 23rd Sea Games in November, had 58 points in ruling her category. She nosed out Marita Lucas (40) of MayniLA and Lakambini Alto (32) of Puerto Princesa.
Tagaytay earned another individual overall title in Jan Paul Morales in Juniors (Under-18), who got 50 points, followed by MayniLAs Jerwin Torres (42) and Quezon Citys Mark Julius Bonzo (31). …