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.
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.
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.
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
The exciting two-day mountain bike (MTB) Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is back for its fifth year!
Happening on September 30 to October 1 at the Filinvest City trails in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, both elite and amateur MTB riders can once again expect a challenging race experience either in solo or team category. First staged in 2013, the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend is a test of MTB handling skills and stamina while racing in the 6-hour or 12-hour or 24-hour leg. Exclusive medal for all finishers and generous cash prizes await winners in different racing category.
Registration is now OPEN so hurry and get your slots NOW!
I raced this event as my first triathlon (tri) back in June 2016; and by complete surprise, landed third place in age group! The inaugural Sunrise Sprint or S2 was a 750m open water swim + 20km bike + 5-km run, a side event of Regent 5150 Triathlon sponsored by Regent Foods Corporation and was hosted in Subic Bay, Zambales.
I had been eyeing the Cobra 70.3 IRONMAN in Cebu 2016 so this sprint tri was never part of my preparation and repertoire prior to the big day in August. But two of my Endure teammates, Raffy and Clark, including Jerome, a Tri Taft member and good friend, encouraged me to register for a sprint tri so I could experience triathlon firsthand and familiarize myself, especially, at transition points considered crucial links in the outcome of a tri race. Their efforts were not put in vain.
Made a few new friends as well and saw old ones during race kit claiming. After I checked in my equipment and had myself body numbered, I walked around at the expo and immersed myself in the excitement and nerves before race day. Later in the afternoon, it was a total cool experience seeing a sea of nice bikes during the mandatory check-in at the transition area. The group decided to forgo attending race briefing and opted to go back to the hotel and get an early night instead in preparation for next day’s event.
Before the race started, as I was heading towards the beach area, I chanced to walk and chat with professional IRONMAN triathlete Dimity Lee-Duke of Australia who raced the standard distance. I asked her if she ever get nervous before every race. She was kind enough to answer the question by sharing her own experience as a beginner triathlete, and gave me these encouraging words, “Give your best. Fear is natural but you have to conquer it. Just have fun!”
While waiting for our wave start (all women), I’ve never been more nervous in my life than seeing the 750-meter rectangular course. The sprint swim course started at the ACEA beach following a counter clockwise flow. It was far too nerve-wracking for someone who transitioned from training in a pool to racing in open water after such long years and swim in a “washing machine” or in a pack of a more experienced triathletes. Well, the distance looked longer than in the pool and the buoys were too far! I had no choice but to meet the challenge head on. The countdown began with ten seconds to go and then we were off. Trust your training was my last thought before plunging into the water.
Swimming in a pack can get a little rough when you could be hit by swinging arms and kicking feet or climbed over by faster swimmers, which made it difficult to race at your best sometimes. At the start of the swim, it was like we were one large school of fish trapped in fishing net, swimming about, seemingly trying to escape. By the time I reached the first buoy, that moment felt like I had been overtaken by everyone and so I felt the need to strategize. I stopped for a few seconds to tread water and sight. I even managed to shout jokingly, “Ang lapad-lapad ng dagat nagsisikipan tayo!” Of course, no one was paying attention to what I said because most were swimming frantically in an endeavor to reach the shoreline and finish ahead of the cut-off time. Towards the end of the lap, I had settled into a rhythm and swimming like it was one typical Sunday morning. I tried as much to slash seconds off my race time by doing a quick change gear at transition 1.
The bike course was relatively flat with slight ups and downs but no major climbs to worry about. A major section of the race took place at the airport runway. It was a bit too windy that day. Bike leg ended in Remy Field where transition 2 was located. All I could recall during the bike leg was I was trying to move at a speedy and steady pace, pedaling to catch up and overtake other cyclists to compensate for time consumed during the swim. Just wanted cycling done and over with so I could finally do the run. It was a glorious day for a triathlon with the sun shining bright. A number of standard and sprint distance participants were already running by the time I reached transition 2. Running off the bike can be uncomfortable. It was for me, initially. My legs so heavy and I felt a little discomfort. It took ten to fifteen minutes before things started to feel right. The sides of the street were lined with spectators who cheered and shouted to say the names of their friends or family. I only made a quick stop at the aid station near the turnaround point and kept going for the last few kilometers to the finish. A foreigner guy was clapping his hands and cheering for me as I neared the finish line. Saw the finish line arch, crossed it, and then it was over. I completed my first tri!
We stayed a few hours to wait for the others to join us, went for food, claimed our bikes and walked back to our hotel to pack and rest. I was taking a shower when Endure teammates Clark and Raffy excitedly shouted from outside that I won. Inside the bathroom, I was wondering how they could know about it so quickly. They even knocked on the door asking me to finish real fast and go back to the venue ASAP. Another teammate Dido also won in his age group. Fellow blogger Vimz aka Kulit Runner of Sunrise Events also sent me a message that I won. By the time we reached the venue, my name was already called and I was not able to go up on the podium to accept my award. Never really expected that I would win (finishing 3rd in age group) that day!
Race results showed I was second-to-last to exit the water or 9th out of 10 competitors in my age group. I finished the 20-km bike in a little over an hour (1:06:47) and finished my run in 33:10 minutes. I placed 29th out of 69 female participants and 137th overall out 236 sprint participants. For a first-time “triathlete” … not bad at all! I owed this win to my Endure teammates and “Team Ninja” for their support and encouragement. Most importantly, to Him who made this possible. This race will be forever etched in my memories as one of my best tri races! Congratulations to all finishers and winners of this race. Kudos to the organizers, volunteers, and community for such a top notch race! Till next time!
Endurance Weekend 2016 is an annual mountain bike or MTB race with 24-hour, 12-hour, and 6-hour race categories happening on 8-9 Oct. 2016, Saturday and Sunday at the Pacific Rim, Filinvest City in Alabang.
Race Categories, Registration Fees, and Team Composition
Male and Female Elite (Solo) – 24-hour (P 2,500) | 12-hour (P 2,000) | 6-hour (P 1,500)
All Male Team: 24-hour (P 6,500) | 12-hour (P 3,500) Mixed Team: 24-hour (P 6,500) | 12-hour (P 3,500)
24-hour –All Male and Mixed (Teams of 3)
12-hour –All Male and Mixed (Teams of 2)
Age Group (Male Solo Category ONLY)
12-hour category – 29 and below | 30-49 | 50 and above
6-hour category – 29 and below | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50 and above
Gun Start Times
24 hours: October 8, Saturday – 12 Noon
12 hours: October 8, Saturday – 5 PM
6 hours: October 9, Sunday – 6 AM
Course Description, Transition Zone, and Control Point
It is a 6.2-kilometer loop course consisting of single track and asphalt roads marked by the use of directional signs such as arrows, buntings, and traffic cones. There are sections throughout the course where there are no markings and no decision points either–so just keep riding. At the end of each lap, the course passes through Transition Zone (TZ).
TZ is the only area where you can exit the race course. This is also where teams swap riders and hand over the band. Spectators are not permitted at the TZ. To make the race easier for everyone, here are some simple rules to remember: a) Walk, walk, walk … there is no riding at the TZ; b) Call out your number to the timing crew to record your lap; c) Help your teammate with the transition; and, d) after you have completed the transition, VERY promptly clear the area and move outside the TZ to catch your breath, have a chat or warm down.
There will be at least one control point on the course, which will be manned for 24 hours, with radio contact with the Race Head Quarters, and where race numbers will be checked. Each rider is given an individual race number and said number must be attached to the seatpost of the bike. In order for your lap to be timed and counted, please ensure that your race number is visible. Do not deface or trim the race number. Call out your race number to the control point team. Additional spot checkpoints may be positioned at random locations.
Minimum Number of Laps
All teams or individuals must complete the minimum number of laps to be counted as a finisher.
SOLO: 24 hours: 24 laps | 12 hours: 12 laps | 6 hours: 6 laps
TEAM: 24 hours for teams of three: 8 laps/member | 12 hours for teams of two: 6 laps/member
Unit 114 Commercenter Building
Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang
•The Brick Multisport Store
McKinley Hill, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila
Shell Gas Station
Alabang Zapote-Road, Muntinlupa
•Paulina’s Cycle Center
Blue Bay Walk, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City
Suite 104, Greenworld Plaza, President Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque
•Storck Store Manila
United Street, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila
•John Wilkie Bike Shop
J. P. Rizal Street, Barangay Concepcion I, Marikina City, Metro Manila
•Velocipede Bike Shop
Building B Royal Place Mall, Beirut Street, Don Antonio, Quezon City, 1100
If you are a beginner wanting to immerse into triathlon (tri) racing for the first time, a tri enthusiast who wants to race without having to worry about long periods of training, or a tri warrior who has been off the circuit and is raring to make a comeback, the Sunrise Sprint (S2) is a short distance tri race series featuring a 750-meter open water swim, 20-kilometer bike ride, and 5-kilometer run.
Launching on June 5 as side event for Regent 5150 Triathlon in Subic Bay, S2 is the short distance race that will give that fun and friendly racing experience, which can be found in every Sunrise brand of tri racing, but with lesser challenges than its longer distance race predecessors.
Limited slots available. Athlete must be at least 15 years old by December 31 of the race year to be eligible for this race. There has never been a better time to TRI but NOW!