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Cyclists will again litter the roads of Saipan on Oct. 24 when the annual Bike For Life returns. The event is also considered as a warm-up race for the Hell of the Marianas. (Jon Perez)

Cyclists will again litter the roads of Saipan on Oct. 24 when the annual Bike For Life returns. The event is also considered as a warm-up race for the Hell of the Marianas. (Jon Perez)

The annual Bike For Life 50-kilometer race will be held on Oct. 24, Saturday, at 6am with the start and finish line set in front of the Pacific Islands Club-Saipan in San Antonio.

Registration fee for the race event, which proceeds will benefit the Commonwealth Cancer Association, is $10 each that includes a continental breakfast.

Forms are available at the PIC front desk and the deadline for submission of entries is on Oct. 22.

Participants can choose to join in the mountain or road bike events in the male and female divisions.

Organizers will allow triathlon bikes provided that bikers will not use tribars for safety purposes. They will also require a minimum of 16-spoke wheels and mountain bike tires must be at least 1.6 inches or larger in width, while 1.5 inches or less is the required tires for road bikes.

The race route starts at PIC’s south parking lot and heads toward Airport and Tun Herman Pan roads before turning right to Isa Drive where riders continue down to in Capitol Hill.

From Capitol Hill, bikers will turn right to Chalan Pale Arnold and go to Wing Beach where the U-turn slot is located. From Wing Beach they will head back to Beach Road until they reach the finish line at PIC.

A parent or guardian’s consent form must be signed if the participant is under the age of 18.

Last year, veteran Nap Dizon bested youth riders Erico Castro and Jerome Diyco in the road bike event. Castro and Diyco finished second and third.

George De Guzman topped the MTB division, while Edwin Morales and Noel Altamirano settled for second and third, respectively.

Jacklyn Van Natta won a two-cornered fight against Lynn Tenorio in the female MTB category, while Susan Marchitti bested Beth Kohnon in the road bike.

Pepsi, Monster, Calvo’s Insurance, and IT&E are also supporting the event that will give out medals and other prizes to the Top 3 male and female riders.

For more information, call Dennis Tababa at 237-5147 or email dennis.tababa@picsaipan.com.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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