Philipppines – 7th TERRY LARRAZABAL BIKE FESTIVAL

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The Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival (TLBF), which started in 2002, is the only multi-discipline cycling event of its kind in the Philippines and Asia, where races and other activities are held for three days in one location. The races include road, mountain bike downhill, mountain bike cross-country, trials, and BMX freestyle and jumping, among others. For the first time ever in its history, the 2009 edition of the TLBF will once again include a triathlon.

The festival is a celebration of bicycling as a sport, health and environmental advocacy avenue that’s been held yearly in Ormoc City, Leyte, and has also become one of the primary medium to promote Cyclo-Tourism in the Philippines. A highlight of the 2006 bike festival was the 3-day multi-stage road race around the province of Leyte called the “Tour de Larrazabal (TdL)”. The TdL was the first multi-day stage road race of it’s kind in the Philippines specifically designed for business executives who are also avid cyclists who wish to experience how it is to join a tour, just like the Tour de France (while also having a category for cycling professionals). The TdL has generated considerable interest not only in the Philippines. The TdL for 2008 featured scenic race routes showcasing the beautiful Subic Freeport.

For 2008 edition of the TLBF, the festival was held in Subic, with over 900 registered participants, and almost 5,000 cyclists who trooped to Subic to witness the festivities. For 2009, we will also be conducting the “2nd FilBike”, the first and only bicycle and outdoor themed expo, featuring all kinds of bicycles and equipment as well as bike riding and bike maintenance clinics.

The festival is officially endorsed and supported by the Department of Tourism and sanctioned by the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines.

Hans “No Way” Rey, former UCI World Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Famer, will also be participating in the 2009 Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival. He was one of the main attractions of the 2009 TLBF, generating immense publicity for the festival, and for the country. Hans will again perform trials demos and clinics, and be the chief judge of the 3rd Philippine Trials Competition.

Another guest of the 2009 TLBF will be Brian Lopes, CURRENT UCI 4X World Champion, who has had a very successful career since becoming a professional cyclist at age 17, and is considered by USA Today as “Undisputedly the best all around world class cycling athlete”. Brian was a special guest of the 2008 Terry Larrazabal Bike Festival.

COMPETITION/RACE/EVENTS’ SCHEDULE DETAILS

(subject to adjustments/amendments)

Date Time Event

March 30 9:00 a.m. - MTB – DH course walk-through

4:00 p.m.

March 31 9:00 a.m. - MTB – DH Practice run

4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - MTB Cross Country course survey

4:00 p.m.

April 1 9:00 a.m. - MTB – DH Practice run

4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. - MTB – Cross Country course survey

4:00 p.m.

April 2 9:00 a.m. Bike riding clinic

10:30 a.m. Bike maintenance clinic

3:00 p.m. Kids riding clinic

10:00 a.m. Start of “FilBike

10:00 a.m. till FILBIKE DEMO DAY

4:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. END OF REGISTRATION

7:00 p.m. TEAM MANAGERS MEETING – raffle

April 3 7:30 a.m. ROAD I.T.T.

8:00 a.m. MTB Fun ride

8:30 a.m. MTB Downhill (seeding Run)

9:00 a.m. - MTB Cross Country course survey

2:00 p.m. ROAD Road Race

7:00 p.m. TECHNICAL/RIDERS MEETING – raffle

8:00 p.m. ROAD BIKE movie presentation

April 4 7:30 a.m. ROAD Mountain Stage Race

9:00 a.m. MTB Trials (qualifying round)

9:00 a.m. MTB Downhill (final run)

2:00 p.m. BMX Flatland (qualifying round)

7:00 p.m. TECHNICAL/RIDERS MEETING – raffle

8:00 p.m. Chill-out night party

8:00 p.m. MTB movie presentation

April 5 7:30 a.m. MTB Cross-Country

8:00 a.m. TRIATHLON Olympic Distance

9:00 a.m. BMX Supercross

9:00 a.m. BMX Flatland (finals)

9:00 a.m. ROAD Criterium

2:00 p.m. MTB 4-Cross/Mountain-Cross

2:00 p.m. MTB Trials (finals)

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Awarding ceremonies

11:00 p.m. Street party

NOTE: SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGES. PLEASE REFER TO OUR WEBSITES: www.tlbf.org and www.terrylarrazabalbikefestival.blogspot.com, for more details. Or call us at (+63.918) 908.8523.

source: Atty. Gregorio Y. Larrazabal

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