January 30, 2023

Daniel Josh Corpuz emerged the overall champion in the second leg of the Hari Ng Ahon bike challenge series on Jan. 8 along the Quirino Highway.

Corpuz completed the race in one hour, 15 minutes, and 43 seconds to lead bikers, who started at the welcome arc of Burgos, La Union towards the finish line at Baguio City Science High School in Irisan, Baguio City. 

HARI NG AHON — Daniel Josh Corpuz topped the second leg of the Hari ng Ahon Bike Challenge Series leading other racers who completed the 28-kilometer stretch of the Quirino Highway that started from Burgos, La Union and ended at the Baguio City Science High School in Irisan, Baguio City. He also topped the male pro/elite category, followed by Albert Ong and Renato Sabido III. — Joseph Topacio Trinidad

Behind him with only a four-second difference was Albert Ong at 1:15:47. Corpuz and Ong also ruled the male pro/elite category in first and second place.

Making a third and fourth place finish overall was John Paul Laureta at 1:17:14 and Geoffrey Tandaan at 1:17:21. The duo was also hailed as the first and second placers in the road bike 16 to 19 years old category.

Winners in the road bike division were Travis Schutter at 1:25:07 in the 15 and below category; JL Lazaro at 1:24:11 in the 20 to 29; Harry Tanjoa at 1:29:10 in the 30 to 39; Christopher Sabillo at 1:31:09 in the 40 to 49; Jhun Garcia, Jr. at 1:39:03 in the 50 to 59; and Ronald Laranang at 1:52:49 in the 60 and above category.

The female side road bike division saw Rosalie dela Cruz topping the 19 and below at 1:42:41; Mary Jane Paragas at 1:49:54 in the 20 to 35; and Eisset Liwag at 1:49:58 in the 36 to 49 category.

In the mountain bike division, Karl Marky de Guzman topped the 15 and below category at 1:30:28; Ace Rivera at 1:24:24 in the 16 to 19; Joel Halog at 1:26:14 in the 20 to 29; Gideon Mayet-an at 1:33:16 in the 30 to 39; Renante Gayao Pio at 1:32:13 in the 40 to 49; Albert Aquino at 1:46:43 in the 50 to 59; while Fermin Nalitom ruled the 60 and above at 1:50:15.

The women’s mountain bike in the 19 and below was topped by Melanie Haban at 1:47:21 while Jenny Vi Fontanilla ruled the 20 and above category at 1:42:49.

The Hari ng Ahon bike challenge, joined by various biking groups and enthusiasts in and out of Baguio, was organized by Team Malaya, Toyville, in coordination with the city government of Baguio.      

The first leg of the bike challenge series was staged September last year at Kennon Road while other legs of the event this year will soon be announced. – Ofelia C. Empian