By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
Guatemalan rider, Alejandro Padilla, is the winner of the 2017 Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic cycling race.
Padilla, also the winner of the 2016 race, completed the race in a time of 5:53:05. His performance earned him $6,400 in prizes, the garland and 8 trophies.
Patrick Raines of USA, placed 2nd, with a completion time of 5:53:26, and collected $4,100.
Another Guatemalan rider, Adler Torres, placed 3rd in 5:53:28 to win $2,000. Torres also took over $6,000 in station prizes.
Torres kept the pace in front on the way back and he, Padilla and Raines broke away from a pack of riders just past mile 9 on the way back. The trio kept the lead all the way into Belize City until Padilla made a sprint on Princess Margaret Drive. Raines never responded and he and Torres rode in almost together at thr finish.
The first Belizean to cross the finish line was Ron Vasquez of team SMART. Vasquez cleared the race in 5:55:08 to take 4th place and win $1,000. Belizean rider Brandon Cattouse, also of team of SMART placed 5th for a total $800.
The youngest rider trophy went Nashan Ysaguirre of Marin/ Cabral team, who finished 31st. Nashan was 3rd in the Junior Cross Country two weeks ago.
The event marked the 89th installment of the race, and gathered over 90 riders.
All top 20 finishers received trophies.
All prizes and trophies distributed on stage at BTL Park right after race.
(Photo: Courtesy Twitter)