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Alejandro Padilla repeats as Holy Saturday Cross Country Champion Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

The 89th riding of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic is now history. The annual event took place on Saturday 15th April, 2017, with 80 riders which included a field of 7 former champions and the defending champion, competing in the 140 miles event. The ride started out with the lead off from the BTL Park here in Belize City to Leslie’s Imports at Mile 2 on the George Price Highway where the official start took place.

At mile 8 after the station prize Alejandro Padilla launches the first serious attack, he is followed by his team-mate Giovanni Macario, along with Brandon Cattouse and Oscar Quiroz of Team Smart and then by the main pack of riders.

It was at mile 35, that some 7 riders tried to break away, these included American Phillip Trupelli, Ernest Bradley, Guatemalan Adler Torres, Oscar Quiroz, Brandon Cattouse and Keon Robateau.

At around mile 39, Shane Jones of Westrac Alliance broke clear and attempted a solo run.

At mile 43, the 2012 Cross Country Champion Giovanni Choto of Team Imani’s broke out of the pack and caught up with Shane Jones where it became a two man race.

As Giovanni Choto rolled through Ontario, he was maintained a solo lead some 30 seconds over the Guatemalan Adler Torres.

In Blackman Eddie, Adler Torres finally caught up with Giovanni Choto where it became a two man ride, once again. At Unitedville, Torres decided to make a break for the lead and Giovanni Choto just could not hang on.

At Central Farm, Torres enjoyed a one minute lead over the chase group and was the first rider to cross the halfway point at Columbus Park in San Ignacio Town.

Some 25 seconds later, a chase group of 18 crossed the Hawkesworth Bridge led by Ron Vasquez and Brandon Cattouse. Almost two minutes later, the main peloton of riders made it around the turn at the park and then headed back to Belize City.

On the return journey, the leader Guatemalan Adler Torres dominated the race taking along with him many station prizes.

At Cotton Tree, Adler Torres continued to lead the race with the chase group of 19 some two full minutes behind. It was somewhere around mile 38, that Adler Torres came into sight by the main chase group that had closed in on him. He was finally caught at mile 36, by the main chase group.

Around mile 23, a group of 8 riders separated themselves from the others; these include Mexican Rudy Rincon, Brandon Cattouse and Ron Vasquez of team SMART, Guatemalans Alejandro Padilla and Adler Torres, Geovanni Lovell of Team Digicell, American Bill Elliston, Westrac’s Nissan Arana.Chris Harkey and Patrick Raine’s of Ken’s Bike Shop.

At mile 19, there was an attack once more from Guatemalan Adler Torres. Torres led the race into and out of Hattieville. Adler Torres was caught at mile 12 by American Patrick Raines, and the defending champion Alejandro Padilla.

Out at the BTL Park in Belize City where the finish line was located, Alejandro Padilla has separated himself from American Patrick Raines and his country man Adler Torres to cross the finish line some 21 second before American Patrick Raines to repeat at the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Champion. Raines was followed by Guatemalans Alder Torres at Third.

Ron Vasquez pedals in one minute 40 seconds later to finish fourth. Brandon Cattouse round out the top five finishers in this year’s event.

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