Thursday, December 20, 2007

Manuel "Maui" Reynante - 1977 and 1980 Tour of Luzon champ

It was a thrill and honor having Manuel "Maui" Reynante ride AdoboVelo's Tour de Francis.

Manuel "Maui" Reynante twice won the Tour of Luzon (Philippines' cycling stage race) in 1977 and 1980. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and rides with the Luzvimin club. (For those readers not familiar with the term "Luzvimin", it stands for the 3 main islands in the Philippines, namely, Luzon, Vizayas, Mindanao. The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,000 islands.) Maui also races various rides in the Masters category.

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The photo below shows the Tour of Luzon riders go up Kenon Road in Ilocos province. This is where the King Of the Mountain competition takes place.

Below, a tricycle driver watches the peloton.

The Tour of Luzon was launched in 1955 as a four-stage race from Manila to Vigan (an ancient town established by the Spanish, with very old churches made of adobe stone). The next year the Manila Times newspaper took over, renamed it Tour of Luzon, and increased the number of stages. The tour helped increase newspaper sales. Famous riders in that era include Pangasinan riders CORNELIO PADILLA, JESS GARCIA (both 2-time champs), and JOSE SUMALDE of Catanduanes. No tours were held in '68, 70, '71, 72.

In 1977 a rift led to the holding of two tours that year, one of which was won by Manuel Reynante (his first win), and the other by Jess Garcia (his 2nd win). Reynante won again in 1980. In the years 1977 to 1981, the tour's name changed yearly, reflecting different sponsors and the instability of the sport at that time.

Photo below shows riders going through one of the towns along the flat stages.

In 1978 Marlboro (the cigarette company) took over and began a reign of 21 years until 1998 when it withdrew sponsorship. 1999 to 2001 saw no tours.

In 2002 and to this day, FedEx (the air freight company) sponsored the tour under various names.

One of the more memorable Tour victories was a win in 1987 by a cigarette and fishball vendor from Valenzuela named REYNALDO DEQUITO.

In 1991 the race was eerily similar to American Greg Lemond's come-from-behind win in the 1989 Tour de France. In 1991 BERNARDO LLENTADA trailed CARLO GUIEB by 46.12 seconds going into the 17th and last stage, a 32-km race-against-the-clock along Roxas Blvd. Llentada rode a never-before-seen aerobar and a disc wheel, and won the Tour by one-minute and 30.48 seconds over Guieb. Guieb won it two years later, and the year after that.

In 1997 when the tour was recognized by the UCI for the first time, cyclists from all nationalities were allowed to compete. A Hong Kong national, Wong Kam Po won it. Also, UCI rules were enforced for the first time, and the public was mildly amused at what it thought was a strange penalty against a rider: The violation was for urinating in public, a rule used for the first time at the Tour of Luzon. Riders from other countries complained of the bad rural roads, forgetting to note that even the Tour de France held stages on unpaved (gravel) roads.

Roster of Tour of Luzon champions:

Manila Times era
1955 Manila-Vigan Antonio Arzala
1956 Tour of Luzon Antonio Arzala
1957 Tour of Luzon Rufino Gabot
1958 Tour of Luzon Mamerto Eden
1959 Tour of Luzon Antonio Arzala
1960 Tour of Luzon Rodrigo Abaquita
1961 Tour of Luzon Jose Moring
1962 Tour of Luzon Edmundo De Guzman
1963 Tour of Luzon Gonzalo Recodos
1964 Tour of Luzon Jose Sumalde
1965 Tour of Luzon Jose Sumalde
1966 Tour of Luzon Cornelio Padilla
1967 Tour of Luzon Cornelio Padilla
1968 None
1969 Tour ng Filipinas Domingo Quilban
1970 None
1971 None
1972 None

Various sponsors era
1973 Tour of Luzon Jess Garcia
1974 Tour of Luzon Teodorico Rimarim
1975 Tour of Luzon Samson Etrata
1976 Tour of Luzon Modesto Bonzo
1977 Tour ng Pilipinas Manuel Reynante
and 1977 Marlboro Tour Jess Garcia
1978 Perk Speed Tour Rumin Salamante
1979 Marlboro Tour Paquito Rivas
1980 Tour of the Philippines Manuel Reynante
1981 Tour of the Philippines Jacinto Sicam

Marlboro era
1982 Marlboro Tour Jacinto Sicam
1983 Marlboro Tour Romeo Bonzo
1984 Marlboro Tour Ruben Carino
1985 Marlboro Tour Pepito Calip
1986 Marlboro Tour Rolando Pagnanawon
1987 Marlboro Tour Reynaldo Dequito
1988 Marlboro Tour Armando Catalan
1989 Marlboro Tour Gerardo Igos
1990 Marlboro Tour Manuel Buenaventura
1991 Marlboro Tour Bernardo Llentada
1992 Marlboro Tour Renato Dolosa
1993 Marlboro Tour Carlo Guieb
1994 Marlboro Tour Carlo Guieb
1995 Marlboro Tour Renato Dolosa
1996 Marlboro Tour Victor Espiritu
1997 Marlboro Tour Wong Kam Po
1998 Marlboro Tour Warren Davadilla
1999 None
2000 None
2001 None

FedEx era
2002 FedEx Tour of Calabarzon Santy Barnachea
2003 Air21 Tour Pilipinas Arnel Quirmit
2004 Air21 Tour Pilipinas Rhyan Tanguilig
2005 Tour Pilipinas (50-Year Anniv) Warren Davadilla
2006 Padyak Pinoy Tour Pilipinas Santy Barnachea
2007 Padyak Pinoy Victor Espiritu
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Anonymous said...

Summer in the Philippines is not complete without the peleton, dubbed as "Tour of Luzon" or "Tour ng Pilipinas". Growing up in small town waiting for the to pass by on summer time. Names from Estrata, Bonzo, Sicam, Rivas, Salamante, Benavidez, Reynante..... they are part of summer time in the Philippine sports.

Anonymous said...

Carlo Guieb's back to back championship in 93 and 94 should be ranked as one of the greatest achievement not only in Phlippine cycling but in Phlippine sports as well. In 1993 he bested Renato Dolosa and Loreto Mandi who at that time were having some kind of rivalry, en route to his first championship. He did this by attacking in the Baguio stages of the tour. More dramatic, however, was his victory in 1994. Down a few notches in standings, and trailing Placido Valdez IN THE ROAD for more than almost thirteen minutes, Guieb made a remarkable run, eating up on Valdez minutes and eventually catching up on him on the road to Baguio (sabi ng iba, dun daw sa may leon inabutan). The succeeding Baguio to Baguio stage (the killer lap) and the Pugo to Baguio stage catapulted him and cemented his hold to yellow jersey en route to his second championship.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such a great info on Maui. I remember those times in the '70s when my amateur cycling friends and I were training every afternoon along Roxas Blvd (Dewey Blvd). Maui used to hang out with our group. He was a very respected pro cyclist (among others, Sumalde, Etrata, and Moring)among us. Maui loved to share his experiences and gave us advise on how to improve ourselves. I remember Maui as a cool-headed guy for his actions in preventing a potential shoot-out between one of our cyclists, I was riding with along Roxas Blvd, and a car driver. This driver was the cause of a massive pile-up when he opened his car door without first looking for the fastly approaching cyclists from his rear. It would have been a big tragedy if not for Maui who restrained the angered cyclist with a pistol.

BALIW said...

In the early 70's I met Jess Garcia Jr. with 2 of his protege coming from Pangasinan. I was an aspiring amateur cyclist dreaming of going to the olympics then. We (Castaneda, Dinio, Manalo, among the many trying to catch up with these 2 proteges) raced against this guys at a dirt oval track in Astro Park outside the fences of US Clark Air Force Base. I remember Jess Garcia telling us to train in a sandy beach to strengthen our legs and most of all eat corn with rice everyday. I still ride, week ends, with a Christian Cycling Club, New Beginning Community Church and have logged in a couple of hundred miles on easy and fun pace. One of our cyclers told me about Jess Garcia's son visiting San Diego CA and rides occassionally with the Mira Mesa Club. I still have to meet the guy though. Anyway, keep on pushing the pedals.


BALIW said...

In the mid 70's, I met Jess garcia Jr. with a couple of his proteges coming from Pangasinan (could not recall if they were the Mandi's and Pagarigan's). We raced these guys in a dirt oval track outside the perimeter fence of US Clark Air Force base. We tried our best to catch up but to no avail. I remember Jess Garcia saying to us that we need to train on a snady beach to strengthen our legs and eat a lot of corn with rice(diperensiyang mais lang yan). I was an aspiring amateur cyclist with hopes of going to the olympics but due to lack of finacial capabilities, I had to let go of the dream and joined the military instead. I still ride on week ends with a Christian Cycling Club, New Beginning Community Church. We have logged on a couple of hundred, fun and easy paced, miles. One of our fellow riders mentioned to me that Jess Garcia's son visits San Diego CA for business and rides occassionally with the Mira Mesa Club. I have not met him yet though. Well, keep on pedaling.

Unknown said...

Sir Maui, you're the great person I've ever met...You are so very humble guy!

roof11 said...

i have read all the names of the Champions and the year they won.. it's also interesting to know where they came from too ( what Provinces ). It is also a means how to locate them and maybe there are those Tournaments held every summer where they can be invited... if the Government has no worth of recognizing them, then at least somebody might be interested to have one of then as Guest Speaker because i believed they deserved to be recognized for their great experience and achievements and especially to share words of encouragement to the youth.

Anonymous said...

i was named after YOU sir MAUI. my dad was a cyclist as well.thank you for your discipline and a good display of life .