BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – A former national cycling champion died Thursday of complications from infection with coronavirus disease, officials confirmed on Saturday.
Lupo Alava, who was 63 when he died, was the 1980 Marlboro Tour of Luzon Rookie of the Year winner, the 1980 Tour ng Pilipinas first round winner, and the overall Tour de Luzon standings champion. Mindanao and the Visayas and eighth in the national final.
Details of his state of health have not been made public, but Alava’s death has been confirmed by a health official and the Philippine News Agency.
Living in the village of Poblacion in the town of Bambang, Alava was the former president of the Presidential Cycling Federation and had been an active professional cyclist until 1985.
He married Gertrude Alava and had three children: Seynth, Sylvester and Geneviève.
Alava tried but failed to land a seat on Bambang’s council, sources said.
After retirement, the athlete focused on tilapia fish farming at Villa Coloma also in Bagabag and has already been judged as an Outstanding Angler (Fish Category) by the research for the Gawad-Saka Awards for Top Farmers from the Ministry of Agriculture.
A graduate in agriculture, Alava once said he had to practice his profession.
He also set up a bicycle shop to help young cyclists.
As a hobby, he founded cycling and mountain biking clubs in Nueva Vizcaya with other cyclists, retired policeman Domingo Quilban, jeepney operator Carlo Guieb and Ariel Maraña, who emigrated to the United States. . VILLAMOR VISAYA JR.
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