Fil-Am Top Rider Coryn Rivera Cycles In PRUride PH 2018
The PRUride PH 2018 happening this weekend is remarkable for two major reasons: one, the four-day event is set to gather the strongest and most competitive cyclists all over the country and Southeast Asia and 2) one of the top women racing cyclists in the world, Fil-Am Coryn Rivera, is joining.
Cycling with an advocacy
Back in 2016, British life insurer Pru Life UK–a subsidiary of international financial services group Prudential plc–held its first cycling event, PRUride to London, to advocate responsible and safe cycling. Held at McKinley West and Uptown Bonifacio in Taguig City, it was a culmination of Pru Life UK’s 20th anniversary in the Philippines.
To continue promoting the advocacy, Pru Life UK kicks off the year with PRUride PH 2018 on January 11 to 14 in Subic and on January 21 at McKinley West, Taguig. Lined up events include the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-accredited (class B) Professional Road Race, Professional and Amateur Individual Time Trials, 100- and 50-kilometer Gran Fondo races, Criterium, and the Brompton Challenge.
Serendipity in the 2016 Prudential RideLondon
“Serendipitous” was how Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, described meeting Coryn in the 2016 Prudential RideLondon, the largest cycling festival in the world annually hosted by Pru Life UK’s parent company Prudential plc in the United Kingdom.
“[My team and I] went there to observe how Prudential RideLondon is being conducted, so we can be inspired by how big it is. We just like to get the excitement.”
Soon after seeing the Fil-Am woman cyclist sprint to a winning finish in the event’s Classique category, the Pru Life UK team worked on collaborating with her for PRUride PH 2018, which aims to bring that similar excitement from Prudential Ride London to the Philippines.
Born to and raised by Filipino parents in California, Coryn has only visited the Philippines for the third time, and she couldn’t be any happier that her passion for cycling has once again brought her back to her parents’ home country for PRUride PH 2018.
Coryn has so far cycled around Tagaytay, and she hopes to one day get the chance to explore more of the Philippines. She says, “I kind of wish I was here fully on vacation, without a bike, without having to train and really see those sights. Where my mom is from is very beautiful, so riding [there] for the first time, seeing the [Taal] volcano and all the views–it’s so amazing.”
The 25-year-old was also impressed by the number of cyclists she saw in Tagaytay and how cycling has significantly grown in the Philippines since the last time she was here.
Now a competitive cyclist for 14 years, Coryn discovered her love for cycling at the young age of eight, and started cycling professionally at 16. The self-confessed competitive lady from Team Sunweb has impressively amassed a total of 71 US national championships in four different cycling disciplines: road, track, cyclocross, and mountain bike, and in the junior, collegiate, under-23, and professional categories. Coryn has also competed at senior and junior world championships, track world cups, UCI road world cups, and pan-American championships.
Asked about the most challenging race she’s ever been in, she said it would have to be the Tour of Flanders, an annual road cycling race in Belgium, where she is currently the first-ever American to win.
Coryn is slated to ride at the PRUride Gran Fondo 100 on January 14 in Subic. Metro.Style got to exclusively chat with this top rider during her meet-and-greet:
On how her love for cycling began: “I did a kid’s race when I was nine years old, so that’s how I kind of got into racing. I’ve always been very competitive and I’ve always loved the challenge. That’s kind of my attitude behind it all. And so, when I won that first race, I was really excited and I wanted to race again. I love the thrill and the adrenaline. Racing is what gets me excited.”
On what motivates her to keep racing: “Crashes always happen within the sport, and you just have to get back up and keep doing it. I learned from my parents that things happen; it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. You get back up and you just keep going. That’s how it is.”
On training to race professionally: “I just found it fun. I really like to be outside, sweating and being active. I’ve always grown up like that so I really liked doing that. It was fun for me. I really enjoyed it.”
On what goes on inside her head whenever she’s on her bike, competing: “So many thoughts. So many things going on in my mind. I wish I had a notebook so I can just write things down. That’s actually what I love about cycling. When I’m riding, I feel very free and my thoughts wander. It’s just like my happy place.”
On what she does on her downtime: “I’m so full gas when I’m doing things so my relax time is really just relaxing, doing nothing. I’m so busy with traveling and cycling. Recovery is just as important as training–getting massage, sleeping, eating good.”
On her rituals before racing: “I wouldn’t say they are rituals but they’re just things that you do before a race–you always eat three hours before, eat a snack an hour before, get dressed an hour before. That’s more like getting ready for the race. But if I were to say something as far as rituals [go], I’m a very neat freak. I like everything orderly. I always do things from left to right so I always put my left sock on then right sock on, left shoe on, right shoe on. For me in my head, it’s just doing it the right way.”
On her diet: “It’s actually pretty straightforward. I race so much that I’m burning so many calories. By the time I’m done, it’s like, ‘give me anything you can because I’m so hungry.’”
On what she likes to eat after a competition and her usual craving: “After a competition, we usually have a sandwich. Anything to get more carbs. After a hard race, I like potato chips. Salty. Carbs. After my recovery drink. But I think when you race and train so hard, you just kinda fuel with carbs and proteins."
On the best piece of advice her Filipino parents have given her: “Working hard, that’s the backbone of what they taught me growing up. Not everything is easy. The things that you want most, you have to work hard for.
To register or know more about the PRUrude PH 2018 cycling events, visit http://PRUride.ph.