Padilla brothers... winners of the 88th Annual DigiCell Cross Country Cycling Classic! Congratulations to the Guatemalans who won the cross country classic.
Guatemalan brothers are top two Cross Country cycling race winners
Guatemalan cyclist, Alejandro Padilla, is the winner of the 88th Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic, which ended just before midday today in front of the BTL Park in Belize City. Padilla finished the race in 5: 51:09.
The second place finisher was Padilla’s younger brother, Julio who rode in side by side with his older brother and allowed him to cross the finish line in a tenth of a second before him.
The younger Padilla was the first to break away from his older brother and the only Belizean cyclist, Joel Borland, who was able to hang onto their repeated attacks. That break-away occurred near mile 10 coming in. At about mile eight, Alejandro rode left Joel Borland, who held on to that position to cross the finish line solo about two minutes later.
The Padilla brothers started training for this race in the US in November and they have taken part in six races in preparation for this one. They go to Los Angeles in two weeks’ time for another race.
This year’s champion, Alejandro Padilla, said Joel Borland was a pretty strong rider and his only shortcoming was having two riders against him, the younger Padilla and himself.
Today’s champion also said that he has ridden this race several years and this is one of his favourite races to ride.
Coming fourth was Brandon Cattouse, who came in as part of a pelaton. He sprinted to the finish line to capture fourth position. Placing fifth was American and former Cross Country champion, William “Bill” Elliston.