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Galedo’s unwavering passion, commitment to his sport

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THIS cyclist “doesn’t get tired.”

Mark John Lexer Galedo has competed in countless races, each adding to his illustrious career in professional racing.

In a touching tribute, his wife, Grace, recently shared a photo showcasing her husband’s extensive collection of race bibs—a testament to Galedo’s unwavering passion and commitment to the sport.

Galedo’s journey hasn’t been without its share of hardships—long uphill roads testing his physical limits, crashes shaking his resolve, and the relentless pursuit of excellence demanding every ounce of his energy.

For Grace, her husband has done it all.

“Are you tired of racing?

Are you tired of long uphill roads?

Are you tired of crashing in the race?

Are you tired of mechanical, physical, and emotional problems?

Are you tired of losing?

Are you tired of winning?

Are you tired of counting medals and trophies?

Are you tired of counting race numbers?

Oh well, he’s not…. good luck on your next race, my love.”

From his memorable triumph at the Tour of Luzon in 2009, where he first tasted a major victory, to his current role as a key member of the 7 Eleven Cliqq RoadBike Philippines Continental Cycling Team, Galedo’s presence on the cycling circuit is nothing short of iconic.

The 38-year-old Galedo worked as a car painter and kitchen helper before embarking on a serious cycling career. He was inspired to take up cycling after he watched Victor Espiritu finish as the 1996 Marlboro Tour (now the Tour de Filipinas) champion.

In her post, Grace thanked all their friends, family, teammates and officials, and sponsors who supported Galedo throughout his entire career.

“Sobrang thank you sa lahat. Sir Bong Sual hind lang sa support kungdi sa pagmamahal sa aming mag-asawa. Thank you Ninong Ric Rodriguez and Ninong GT Advincula for the guidance and advice,” said Grace in her social media post.

“A super big thanks to our Ninong Victor Paterno for your unending support for the Team. And also to our team sponsors, maraming salamat po. Cheers for more races to come!!!! Salamat… Salamat… Salamat.”

When off the road, the husband-and-wife tandem runs a bike shop in Mandaluyong City.


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