LONDON - If the result of the time trial is any indication, then BMX rider Danny Caluag is in for a tough, bumpy ride onThursday afternoon.
But the Filipino-American, the last man standing for the embattled Team Philippines, said the outcome of the seeding run doesn't worry him a bit, adding it's in the quarterfinals where the real battle begins in the sport that's making its second appearance in the Olympic Games.
"Seeding runs don't mean anything. Tomorrow is another day," Caluag told Filipino sportswriters shortly after the time trial, still looking confident as he biked around the fringes of the new track inside the Olympic Park.
But he'd better be good, given the amazing times submitted by the rest of the field in their 450-meter dash from a high ramp to the line going through banked corners and up-and-down strips during the seeding run before a crowd of 6,000 on a sunny Wednesday.
Starting out first in a field of 32, the 25-year-old Caluag clocked 40.900 seconds in the one-lap drive as he finished second from last in the time trial where 27 others registered 39.772 seconds or faster.
"I miscalculated a corner so I slowed down a bit," said Caluag, left alone to carry the heavy load of ending the country's humiliating run of misses that began in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Caluag, who sees action most of the times in the American circuit, missed posting the worst time only because the other Latvian in the field, Edzus Treimanis, spilled halfway through his lap and did not finish.