Pinoy Pride In Prudential RideLondon 2018
Eight Filipinos pedaled their way into the prestigious Prudential RideLondon 2018 last July. Three members of our contingent completed the Surrey 46—and all of them are teenagers! Young professional cyclists Ismael Grospe Jr. (19 years old), Aidan James Mendoza (19 years old), and Genesis Maraña (17 years old), clocked at 03:05:44, as they rode through the 46-mile route that started from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and finished at The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The cyclists, together with nearly 100,000 riders from other parts of the globe, participated in what is dubbed as the world’s greatest cycling event. Leading the team was Philippine National Road Race Champion Jermyn Prado, joined by John Kenneth Cruz, Ryan Lamayo, Bertrand Dominique Teplitxky, and Tetsuya “Jun” Minagawa, rounded out the country’s delegation.
The Brompton Race in Barong
After winning the Brompton Philippine Championships earlier this year at the PRUride PH 2018, Tetsuya “Jun” Minagawa represented the Philippines in the Prudential RideLondon’s Brompton World Championships. Jun didn’t just wear Pinoy pride on his sleeve—he donned a traditional Barong Tagalog as his official cycling attire and rode through the 1.3-mile circuit around the renowned St. James Park! The dress code was smartly-dressed city chic, and there were more than 500 cyclists who wore tuxedos and other unconventional outfits during the event. After the race, this is what Jun had to say, “Everyone recognizes the barong. In my own little way, kahit ‘di naman ako sikat o kilala, at least nakilala nila ang Pilipinas.”
Cycling, Camaraderie, Charity
Prudential plc, a British financial services giant and the parent of life insurer Pru Life UK, is the organization behind Prudential RideLondon. Prudential chose cycling because it’s an activity that encourages people to be more active, and one of the ways the company can support people in pursuing a healthier lifestyle.
However, Prudential didn’t establish what would become one of the UK’s premier sporting events just for the pros—it’s for everyone. Men and women, both the young and the old, can participate and enjoy Prudential RideLondon’s many challenges together. Prudential also sponsors underprivileged riders so that they’ll be able to join the event—it’s truly for everyone who loves cycling. To top everything off, Prudential RideLondon has raised almost 70 million pounds, benefitting around 800 charities globally in the last five years.
If you weren’t able to join in on the fun this year, there’s always 2019 to look forward to—maybe we’ll see you complete one of the events or pull off a Jun by wearing a barong to the Brompton!