Category Archives: Cycling

Gran Fondo New York (GFNY) Philippines to host GFNY Asian Championship

The second edition of GFNY Philippines is set to be a contested race among Asia’s elite and international riders to see who will be crowned GFNY Asia Champion

The world’s largest Cycling Marathon Brand GFNY features a total of 18 GFNY World races in the 2019-2020 calendar seasons. They include the GFNY World Championship in NYC and five regional championships in Asia, Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East – Africa. 

GFNY World 2019/20 calendar

August 4 GFNY Brasil

September 8 GFNY Europe Championship Portugal

September 22 GFNY Philippines

October 12 GFNY Ecuador

October 20 GFNY Panama

November 3 GFNY Argentina

November 10 GFNY Cozumel-Mexico 

November 24 GFNY Chile 

23 Feb. 2020 GFNY Bali

8 Mar. 2020 GFNY Monterrey

15 Mar. 2020 GFNY South American Championship Uruguay

22 Mar. 2020 GFNY Colombia

29 Mar. 2020 GFNY Italia

29 Mar. 2020 GFNY Republica Dominicana

24 Apr. 2020 GFNY Middle East–Africa Championship Jerusalem

17 May 2020 GFNY World Championship NYC

7 June 2020 GFNY Santa Fe

Opus Land Cyclists 📷 by Patrick Joson

This is the first time GFNY Philippines to host the Asian Championship happening in Iloilo on September 22. With the support of Megaworld, Opus Land, LA Course Velo, Trygon among others, the event is set to offer a world-class experience to nearly 1000 cyclists from across the Philippines and 15 nations. The competitive long-distance course covers 133 KM and 650 m climbing. The non-competitive middle-distance course covers 64 KM with 220 m climbing. Courtyard by Marriott Iloilo and the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo are the official host hotels. The prerace expo and registration will be held in the atrium of the Festive Walk Mall.

REGISTER NOW at GFNYph before the price increase on August 15!

At GFNY Philippines, riders can expect: 

  • closed roads or police moderated traffic with right of way at all intersections 
  • the chance to do their best on a challenging course without having to worry about anything, but riding 
  • chip timing, results, and rankings based on the full start-to-finish course 
  • the chance to start in the Qualifier Corral at all GFNY World races
  • competition prizes across all age groups for podium winners 
  • uniform set of rules 
  • great cycling experience 
  • an event organized by fellow cyclists who love bikes and GFNY 

The overall male and female winners in the competitive long distance will be awarded flight, hotel, and entry to the GFNY NYC World Championship next 17 May 2020.

20% of finishers in each age group in the long route will be earning a coveted start seeding in the GFNY Qualifier Corral for 380 days, including at the 2020 Campagnolo GFNY World Championship in NYC on May 17.

📷 by Patrick Joson

About GFNY

GFNY is the global cycling marathon brand with events held in NYC, Argentina, Bali-Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Jerusalem-Israel, Indonesia, Cozumel-Mexico, Monterrey-Mexico, Panama, Philippines, Portugal, República Dominicana, Santa Fe-USA and Uruguay.

Riders get to Be a Pro for Day ® by competing against others, themselves, and the clock in a personal endurance challenge.

At all GFNY events, riders have the chance to qualify for the elite racer corral at the GFNY World Championship in NYC by placing in the top 10% (20% at regional championships) of their age group.

Campagnolo GFNY World Championship NYC

The 10th annual Campagnolo GFNY World Championship New York will be held on May 17, 2020. The race features the world’s most international peloton with riders from over 90 countries. Athletes take on a challenging 100-mile route from NYC to Bear Mountain to Fort Lee to compete against each other, the clock, and themselves in a personal endurance challenge.

The official GFNY website is: www.gfny.com.

TRI-Factor Run-Bike-Run 2019

International athletes from Asia and around the nation will converge to test their mettle at Clark, Pampanga as the inaugural Tri-Factor Asian Series run-bike-run event will launch on March 31.

Co-presented by Clark Development Corporation [and] Bases Conversion and Development Authority, this qualifying race for the 2019 SEA Games will bring participants through any courses of their choice such as the Standard Distance (10 KM run–40 KM bike–5 KM run), Sprint Distance (5 KM run–20 KM bike–2.5 KM run), and Super Sprint Distance (2.5 KM run– 10 KM bike–2.5 KM run). The run segment will take place at the Clark Parade Grounds while the cycling part will be along Clark Speedway.

Effective March 8 to March 15, the fees will be US$ 76 / P 3,995 Elite and Standard, $ 72 / P 3,795 Junior Elite, $ 66 / P 3,495 Sprint, and $ 54 / P 2,795 Super Sprint. It entitles participants to exclusive event T-shirts and a race kit.

The NEW Freshmen/ Fresh-Athletes category was launched on March 12 with only 200 slots and the first 100 registrants to get an exclusive Tri-Factor Care Kit. Registration fee is $ 50. Hurry! REGISTER NOW!

For more information, subscribe to Tri-Factor Philippines Facebook, or call Ms. Belle at (63) 905.3162.845, or visit the Tri-Factor duathlon event website.

New Specialized Concept Store Opening Launch Day, Wednesday, 17 Oct. 2018

Bicycle brand Specialized gears up for its store’s grand opening on October 17 at the SM by the Bay Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Considered a bike-friendly area especially in the morning, SM by the Bay is one perfect location for the first of three new Specialized concept stores, with Pasig and Maginhawa Street in Quezon City completing the stores to open this year.

The bike shop is set to offer a comprehensive selection of mountain, trail, and road bikes. The 2019 Shiv disc bike is set to take center stage during opening day. The all-new triathlon specific bike promises an unprecedented aero design, a storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.

Riders can expect a complete Specialized experience through the store’s full scope of services including easy and worry-free purchases.  Fabulous prizes will be raffled off while Specialized will offer a launch discount of 10% on all items.

Gruppo Innovare Corporation is the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines.

For further information about Specialized in the Philippines, visit  or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook .

Gear Review: Julbo Aero Zebra Light Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses protects the eyes against the risk of UV radiation from the sun.  Among athletes such as runners and cyclists, using specialty sunglasses during almost every run and ride is one way of preventing eye damage directly related to length and intensity exposure from all weather conditions.

A few weeks back, a simple invite came from fellow blogger Vimz aka Kulit Runner (KR) to test the Julbo sunglasses provided by Vision Express Philippines.  In all honesty, before the pair arrived for testing, I never heard of the Julbo brand. After browsing through the materials that were later sent to me by KR and some sleuthing done from the Internet, research showed company owner Jules Baud founded the brand in the Jura region (France) in 1888. Julbo sunglasses were designed originally for the mountaineering and other climbing sports, and then eventually branched out to other sports like cycling and running.  To me, that is innovation at its finest mastered by over a hundred years of experience.

A first for me to wear white sunglasses; (in my mind) can I get away with wearing one?  Lightweight and durable, these white sunglasses were a very look of 70s yet remained classic and somehow looked part of the 2018 sunglasses trends.

First impressions during a quick night ride were good. The pair fitted well, especially having those photochromic lenses, rubber nose pads, and comfortable grip of arms. Photochromic means the lens changes tint when exposed to light.  Since then, I used the pair with different light conditions—at night and on a bright day—during my weekend training rides.

Photochromic Julbo Aero Zebra Light sunglasses

For someone who wore contact lenses during rides, investing in a pair of reliable sunglasses would be suitable. Sunglasses that wrap around the sides of the face help keep contacts from drying out and protect the eyes from wind-blown debris when riding bike outdoors. Julbo aero sunglasses provided that protection thus contacts could be worn for six hours or longer.  The only drawback was the top bar or frame would always be directly in my line of vision while riding in the drops. But, if I equated it with clarity, performance, and comfort, Julbo sunglasses were totally fine.

Takeaways: Quality performance sunglasses from an established eyewear designer with lenses that work well while biking at night and under harsh sunlight.  The sunglasses can also be worn during running events or run workouts, be it at night or day time.  A multi-sport eyewear indeed.

Product: Julbo Aero Zebra Light Sunglasses (model: SKU J4833111; SRP: 7990)

Best features: photochromic lens + anti-fog coating, minimalist, light, and comfort

Recommended use: cycling, running, hiking, and camping

To know more other products, you may visit Vision Express Philippines or click here for more information about Julbo.  Please note that Julbo products are available at select stores only.

About Vision Express

Vision Express Philippines (VEP) is an international franchise from the UK and is known as the No. 1 leading optical retailer in Europe. VEP has been providing clients with the best quality of services and products through their expert optometrists and the global brands they carry.

You may drop a visit to any of the following VEP branches at UP Town Center,  Alabang Town Center*, Ayala Center Cebu, Ayala the 30th, BGC, Eastwood, Festival Supermall, Gatewall Mall, Glorietta 3*, Greenbelt 3, MarQuee Mall, Robinsons Place Manila, SM CDO, SM City Bacolod, SM City BF,  SM City Cabanatuan,  SM City Cebu, SM City Davao, SM City Fairview, SM City Pampanga, SM City Sta. Rosa, SM City Iloilo, SM Clark, SM East Ortigas, SM Megamall*, SM North EDSA, SM Southmall, Solenad Nuvali, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, and Trinoma.

*Branches that carry Julbo, Revo, & Maui Jim products

VelogicFit 3D Pro Bike Fitting Services Now Available at Maximus

While the Body Geometry FIT (static 2D) is still being offered by Maximus Athlete’s Shop Cafe, the new VelogicFit 3D Pro bike fitting service offers a wide array of information for a more precise and dynamic fit such as lateral knee travel, hip rock, ankle angles among others. Visit velogicfit.com or search demo videos on Youtube to know more about it.

For first time customers of Maximus, the 3D Pro bike fit is P8,000, but is currently being offered at an introductory price of P6,000 until end of November 2017.

For those who were fitted before, Maximus is offering a special 3D Pro refit upgrade for only P2,000 until end of December 2017. To avail of this offer, kindly call Maximus Concierge at mobile number +63 977.841.2894 and look for Claudine or Rommel to book a slot.