- The cycling event “Le Tour de Filipinas” on its 9th year is set on May 20-23, 2018
- There will be four stages in the race
- The event was initially scheduled for February 2018 but was postponed due to the threats brought about by Mt. Mayon’s volcanic activities
Formerly known as “Marlboro Tour” and “Tour of Luzon”, the cycling event “Le Tour de Filipinas” on its 9th year is set to hold its biggest edition yet with 17 teams composed of 85 riders pedaling over four regions, seven provinces, 10 cities, and 50 municipalities from May 20 to 23 2018.
There will be four stages:
- Stage 1 will start at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, with the 17 squads set to race to the Nueva Ecija finish in the capital of Palayan City. They will pass through Valenzuela City and seven municipalities in Bulacan, crossing the North Luzon Expressway in San Simon, before riding through three more Pampanga and six Nueva Ecija towns
- Stage 2 on May 21, riders from Cabanatuan City will send off again over Palayan City, and four more Nueva Ecija municipalities before reaching the Balete Summit. The race will continue to three Nueva Viscaya towns before the Bayombong finish for a distance of 157.9 kilometers
- Stage 3 On May 22, the race will trace the same route, this time from the Bambang start. The cyclists then negotiate the 184-km stage through Lupao, before going to Umingan, Pangasinan. Five municipalities and Urdaneta City will witness the race, which is expected to wind up with a finish at the Provincial Capitol in Lingayen
- Stage 4 on May 23 will be a 154.65-km distance that will send off the cyclists at the Pangasinan Provincial Capitol, with the route covering flat rounds in one city and 10 more municipalities in the province, before making an ascent in Rosario and Tuba in La Union, for the Kennon Road climb.
- The race will then make a dramatic finish at Burnham Park.
Event organizer UBE Media Inc.’s president Donna Lina said: “The Le Tour de Filipinas is not only about our sport of cycling, but about raising awareness about the sport over as much scope as possible. We thank the local government units for their warmth and enthusiasm toward the race.”
“Stage 4 will be the crowning stage for this year’s tour… in the history of the Tour, champions are made or broken by Kennon Road,” said national commissaire Sunshine Joy Mendoza.
The 9th edition of the Le Tour de Filipinas was initially scheduled for February 2018 in the Bicol Region but was postponed due to the imminent threat brought about by the recent volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon.