Top PH triathlete sets cycling record

by Rodney Jaleco, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

September 17, 2013

CARSON, California – The Philippines’ most decorated triathlete, Arland Macaseib now has the world record for the velodrome bicycle under his belt, pedaling his way to 162 laps in one hour. At 250 meters per lap, Macaseib’s total distance just over 25 miles of indoor cycling on an inclined track. No Filipino athlete has yet to set the mark.

”This has never been done before by a Filipino so I want to do it just put it out there and like I said, I’m not the best Filipino cyclist. I’m one of the top triathlon guys but as cycling I’m definitely not one of the top guys so I just wanted to try to set and own it for a couple days, couple weeks couple months and wait for the next Pinoy cyclist to come along,” Macaseib said.

It was an early birthday party for the soon-to-be 38-year-old from New Jersey.

As international cycling officials watched Coach Arlandmac’s each lap, members of the Philippine community cheered him on including former American Idol finalist Clint Gamboa, former ABS-CBN talent turned triathlete, JR Calanoc.

”It was a perfect day, I can’t ask for anything more. I wanted to get 160 laps I got 162 and I’ll take it. It’s the best birthday present, best birthday party,” Macaseib said.

Giving Coach Arlandmac extra motivation during his one hour ride is his friend whom he is trying to help raise funds for. Macaseib is trying to raise fund for former triathlete Joash Serrano, his former teammate in need of a kidney transplant.

”He was one of the top junior triathletes just a couple years ago and he got mixed up with the wrong crowd. And got into drinking and needs a kidney transplant so this ride today is for him,” he said.

By land, water, or on wheels there’s no slowing down Macaseib. Next week, on his actual 38th birthday, he will continue pushing his body to the limits at the Ironman competition in Lake Taho where he will swim, bike and run. 

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