Pedro Lopez Ramos won the 48-mile Road Race on Sunday in another hard-fought, exciting cycle ride.
It was close until Ramos pulled away near the end with the chasing riders coming in within two minutes of him finishing.
Ramos won in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 41.08 seconds, ahead of masters champ David Cooke (1:50:06.81).
Mark Macinas (1:50:29.33) was third and Cebert Wood (1:50:54.71) fourth.
Rachel Gooden (1:51:07.60) won the women’s race. She was ninth overall.
The race started in front of Hurley’s Supermarket in Grand Harbour, went east and did a loop of the Queen’s Highway around East End and finished back in front of Hurley’s Supermarket.
“It was a good race, not as tough as racing in the States, but it was good,” said Ramos.
He said he kept a close eye on Jerome Ameline and Michele “Mitch” Smith “who were the main guys to look out for.” They attacked at various stages but could not break free from the peloton (chasing pack).
Ramos won comfortably in the end, by 25.73 seconds from Cooke who was 22.51 seconds ahead of Macinas.
Ramos said he was “not surprised” by his margin of victory “but anything is possible.” He added, “I knew it would be challenging as Jerome is a strong time trial rider and recently returned from training in France so I knew he was in good shape.”
Ramos added that the few that were behind him were all initially in a breakaway group from the main peloton and they begun to drop behind as the pace kept high heading towards the finish line.
Ramos has no particular local event in mind for the rest of this year, however, he is considering going to Florida to compete in the Pensacola Classics next month.
The next local cycling event will be a 10-mile Individual Time Trial from Paradise Restaurant on the waterfront, to South Sound, and back to Paradise Restaurant on Sept. 6, starting at 7 a.m.