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Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

Photos by CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel Grand Junction Off-Road professional racers weave through a section of the Lunch Loop Trail on Sunday morning. Fernando Riveros, below, won the the race. For video of Saturday’s amateur race, visit GJSentinel.com.

Colombian Climber

Riveros takes over Off-Road race during uphill battles

Colombians have long been known as climbers in the world of cycling.
When the big seven-mile Windmill Road climb approached, Fernando Riveros took center stage at the Grand Junction Off-Road professional race on Sunday.
“I’m a Columbian, I’m a climber, I have to take (advantage of the climbs),” he said.
That’s what he did, breaking away from several riders and hanging on to win the 40-mile race in 3 hours, 7 minutes and one second.
When he arrived at the finish line, Riveros slammed on the brakes, dismounted and hoisted his bike over his head in celebration.
It was a combination of exhilaration and putting to rest some frustration.


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