Rising Davao rider

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

JAYSON Lahera Caceres targeted the gold medal but he fell short to settle for the silver instead in boys’ mountain bike event of the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy National Championship in Bacolod City just recently.

But the 15-year-old Grade V student at Baliok Elementary School remained thankful that he placed second to his teammate Brylle Chavez Cocjin who went on to snatch the gold.

"Nalipay ko kay ako nagsunod kay Brylle. Nakiglumba gyud ko sa akong ubang mga kalaban duol sa finish line para makuha nako ang silver (I'm happy I came next to Brylle after racing past other rivals near the finish line)," Jay-Jay told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview yesterday.


It was the biggest race so far for this young rider who hails from Barangay Baliok in Talomo District.

But PhilCycling Davao chief Salvador "Jun" Paholio said Jay-Jay and Brylle may also compete in the Philippine National Games in May, hoping that the City Government of Davao will consider the riders' participation.

Paholio said, "Dako kaayo ug future ning duha ka bata. Ang lisod lang gyud kay Jay-Jay kay tungod gikan siya sa dakong pamilya, dili gyud mahatag ang mga kinahanglan niya para sa iyang sport pero ginapaningkamutan namo nga tabangan siya pero naa lang man sad gud miy limitasyon (These two have a good future in cycling. But Jay-Jay will have difficulty getting the support he needs as he comes from a huge family. We are helping him but we also have limitation)."

Jay-Jay is the second among eight children of Raphael, a magician, and Flordeliz, a beautician. He started training for competitive cycling only last year after Paholio bought him a road bike. His father, a former competitive rider himself, encouraged Jay-Jay to pursue the sport.

He enjoyed biking so much as he also gets to save money from supposed transportation fares. He also bikes his way to school.

He first competed in a tournament organized by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology on July 7, 2013 but he placed fifth. He was runner-up in the Padyakan sa Pasko last December.

Jay-Jay trains every after his classes starting at 3 p.m. until 4 pm. to 5 p.m. under the supervision of former Southeast Asian (SEA) Games medalist Dominic "Dino" Carpio and Roderick Donillo, who is team captain of Mayor Rody Cycling Team.

Jay-Jay shared in the vernacular, "I want to be a member of the elite national team just like my idol Kuya Dino who guides us during our take all event every Saturday."

Before competing in Bacolod, Jay-Jay and Brylle joined a series of rides with the other Rody riders from Davao City going to Panabo City and back. Their Batang Pinoy stints were funded by Paholio and Jojo Tan.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 02, 2014.


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