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LOMBARD SHOWS YOUNGSTERS HE STILL HAS GAME

Veteran comes from behind to catch the field

PRESS RELEASE – The rainy season continues to add another element to our events. Fortunately for those that came out to the Pulantat Loop Road Race, the previous days rain showers had all but dried up, leaving just cool and overcast conditions.

The intended 0630 start time was delayed for 15 minutes to allow for a bit more sunlight. After a very brief neutral rollout the race was on once everyone hit Route 4. Participants had the option of 1, 2, or 4 laps with each lap just under 10 miles and approximately 1,000’ of climbing. The race leaders quickly got out front and started attacking as soon as the race started.

Team ECT young gun (and current GCF Road National Champion) 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗬𝗗𝗘 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗦 bolted ahead for a solo breakaway. He would maintain a sizable gap over his chaser that included 𝗕𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗡 𝗖𝗔𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗔𝗡𝗚, 𝗝𝗔𝗖𝗢𝗕 𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗘𝗦, and fellow ECT riders 𝗣𝗘𝗧𝗘𝗥 𝗟𝗢𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗗 and 𝗗𝗔𝗡 𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗞. Strategizing a move to close the gap to 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗦, 𝗟𝗢𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗗 and 𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗞 started to separate from the group on the final climb up Pago Bay Hill. 𝗟𝗢𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗗 recalled, “We were able to save some matches with the other two guys (𝗧𝗢𝗥𝗥𝗘𝗦 and 𝗖𝗔𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗔𝗡𝗚) with us. We didn’t pull that much, especially when we were gaining on the 2nd Pago climb. Once we got the gap, we wanted to stay away so I pushed the pace”. 𝗟𝗢𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗗 and 𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗞 finally reeled in 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗦 with about 5k to go, and then with a nice lead out by 𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗞, 𝗟𝗢𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗗 was able to sprint for the win crossing the line in 1:57:50. 𝗔𝗣𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗞 and 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗦 would finish seconds after. The lone female in the 4 lap race was current GCF National Road Champion, 𝗞𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗧𝗘𝗡 𝗟𝗢𝗠𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗗. She crossed the line in a very respectable 2:38:57.

In 2-lap race action it was 𝗧𝗜𝗠 𝗞𝗨𝗧𝗔𝗥𝗔, 𝗦𝗛𝗜𝗡 𝗠𝗜𝗬𝗔𝗚𝗜, and 𝗕𝗘𝗡 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗔 taking the top 3 spots for the men. 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗭 𝗦𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗥𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗗-𝗪𝗛𝗜𝗧𝗘, 𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗔 𝗦𝗢𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗡𝗢, and 𝗝𝗘𝗡𝗡𝗜𝗙𝗘𝗥 𝗖𝗔𝗠𝗔𝗖𝗛𝗢 were the podium finishers for the women.

For the 1-lap racers, it was 𝗥𝗘𝗫 𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗡𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗘𝗭, 𝗘𝗩𝗔𝗡 𝗧𝗬𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚𝗖𝗢, and 𝗟𝗘𝗢 𝗠𝗔𝗣𝗔 for the top 3 men, and 𝗧𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗘 𝗠𝗔𝗭𝗭𝗘𝗜, 𝗔𝗨𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗬 𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗟𝗢𝗡𝗔, and 𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗢𝗟𝗬𝗡 𝗚𝗔𝗘𝗥𝗟𝗔𝗡 for the women.

Major Shoutout and so much gratitude to Yona Mayors office for traffic control, Derek Horton, Noel Ponseca, Kevin Perez, Dave and Marie Beaver & Family, Andre Senodo, Kel Muna, Don Muna, Kluge, BJ Terlaje and crew for the refreshing water station and support out there. And as always, a big Thank You to our GCF Board for making things happen. 

Preliminary results can be found here: guamcycling.com/results

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