Twin victories for Team Fiesta


Team Fiesta 1’s Willy Barbo pedals along Beach Road during last Saturday’s Hell of Marianas Century Cycle Race. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Team Fiesta 1 and 2 led the way in the relay event in last Saturday’s Hell of Marianas Century Cycle Race.

Team Fiesta 1’s Willy Barbo and Harold Balana were the fastest team to complete the 100-kilometer race as they reached the finish line at the former Mariana Resort & Spa in 4:02:58. Team Fiesta 1 also ruled the 2-person road bike category, beating Team Costco’s Daniel Banez and Rolly Quihon (4:24:12), Agape Pegasus’ Yuhang Miao and Li Zhu (5:04:52), and Agape Yirah’s Liming Jia and Li Dai (6:14:14).

In the 4-person MTB division, Team Fiesta 2’s Elmer Esdrelon, Junar Guiab, Darwin Barbo, and Matt Buenabajo clocked in at 4:49:22 to prevail against Team Old School’s Raymund Tolentino, Rommel Bartolo, James Abuy, and Fred Remillosa (4:51:56).

In the 2-person MTB category, Team RAM-PAG’s Nelson Pagaduan and Ding Ramos led the finishers’ list after recording 4:35:09. D’Kings came in at second with its 4:56:54 and was followed by Team Triple J (5:04:44), Team Pangasinan (5:05:34), and Agape Rangers (5:47:07).

For the 4-person road bike race, The Bike Shop Saipan’s Alex Gozon, Bobby Vargas, Aldrin Sta. Ana, and Jojo Valencia logged 4:12:11 to take the op honors in the men’s division, while in the mixed event, Chain Reaction’s Loreto Dedoyco, Rommel Isidro, and Vernice and Andrew Estepa submitted 4:30:11 to win over Sure-Let’s Do It’s Derek Chambers, Tony Stearns, Kathy Ruszala, and Travis Spaeth (4:34:39).

Quinn and Kennedy’s Kanae Quinn and Heather Kennedy completed the winners list in the relay race after registering 4:05:05—the second fastest overall in the 2-person division.

Meanwhile, Noe Valdisimo was the overall winner in the individual MTC race after completing the course in 4:04:41. He crossed the finished line less than a minute ahead of Charlie Sending, who recorded 4:05:27. Hernardo Cristobal tallied the third best time in the MTB with his 4:39:39, while other finishers in the MTB division were Buboy Aguilar (4:49:48), lone female competitor Ayano Braxton (4:57:12), Pax Guevarra (5:11:34), and Bernardo Laborce (5:27:22).

Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan general manager Wendi Herring, center, joins Team Fiesta 1 and 2 bikers for a group photo after receiving their medals during the awards ceremony for the 2019 Hell of Marianas Century Cycle Race last Saturday at the Hibiscus Hall of the Fiesta Resort. (Contributed Photo)

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.
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