Age was certainly not a factor for 2015 Ronda Pilipinas champion Santy Barnachea. At 38, he finds himself on top of the podium once again after ruling the same event in 2011. Barnachea, a member of the Navy Standard Insurance and a National Team veteran, won the million peso prize money for his feat.
In an Inquirer.net report, Barnachea said that he was happy that the race was over, and that this win, compared to 2011’s, was an easier one for him. He says, “Now I have teammates who supported me and are really tough riders.” He also mentioned that back then he was just a “one-man army.”
Despite not winning any of the eight stages, Barnachea had a comfortable lead of seven minutes over 2nd placer George Oconer of PSC PhilCycling. The race kicked off in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and went through Calamba to Atimonan, Lucena, Antipolo, Malolos, Tarlac, Dagupan and finally Baguio, where the last two stages were held.
Barnachea clocked in at (24:02:44), followed by George Oconer (24:09:41) and John Morales, Barnachea’s teammate, finished third with (24:10:22).
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