Carmela Serina Pearson

The Catalyst

Long-distance cyclist and founder of Audax Randonneurs Philippines, which organizes cycling tours in the Philippines, Carmela Serina Pearson currently holds the record of fastest Filipina to do the 1,230-kilometer Paris-Brest-Paris, one of the longest, oldest, and most challenging cycling events in the world. But instead of holding on to that title like a crown jewel, Pearson has led the Philippine contingent to the prestigious race—organized every four years—in 2011 and 2015.  

A staunch advocate of long-distance cycling or Audax in the Philippines, she has started and nurtured a community of Audax riders from just a handful of cyclists in 2010 to more than 500 cyclists joining her Audax tours today. She aims to develop more Audax routes in the country, particularly in Batangas, Baler, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Camsur, Leyte, Palawan, Isabela, and Bicol.  

She is the first Filipina to be recognized by Everesting’s Hells500 in Australia and the first to qualify for UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. She is also the first Filipina to podium and finish 3rd in the General Classification for the Asia Pacific Masters Games in Malaysia last year.