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Kent Gabourel wins Pre-September Celebrations cycling race


September Bicycle Race-13Sunday, September 8th saw several cycling enthusiastic circling San Pedro Town in hopes of winning first place in the Pre-September Celebrations cycling race. In the end it was Kent “Bob” Gabourel who trumped the competition and took the first place trophy in the senior division, while in the junior division Byron Lara rode home with a first place trophy.

According to local star athlete Kent “Bob” Gabourel, the purpose of the race was to raise funds for the local cycling team to travel to Punta Gorda to participate in the upcoming National Beach Cruiser Race on September 21st, all while promoting the patriotic spirit of the September Celebrations. “The race gives the youth and athletes of San Pedro a chance to practice for a larger race, while at the same time competing and winning prizes,” he said.

The race took cyclists through San Pedro Town to Boca Del Rio Area and back and each division race consisted of four laps, ending at Central Park.

September Bicycle Race-3In the junior division, first place went to Byron Lara, second place went to Kian Ancona, while Jordan Santos settled for third. Jordan has just recently entered the competitive cycling, swimming and running circuit and placed first in the junior division at the 2013 Lionman Triathlon, ending up as the youngest athlete to have ever competed all three disciplines in the Lionman Triathlon. While Jordan did not place first in this local race, he is looking to complete in future natural races.

In the senior division results, were as follows: first place: Kent “Bob” Gabourel, second place: Andrew Vasquez, third place: Arden Garay, fourth place: Charles Garay, fifth place: Edwin Gutierrez, sixth place: Simion, seventh place: Perry Staine and eight place: Keith. Additional prizes were also given to the first four cyclers to pass the lap stations: first lap station prize: Perry Staine, second lap station prize: Keith, third lap station prize: Charles Garay and fourth lap station prize: Kent “Bob” Gabourel.

September Bicycle Race-6Gabourel would like to express sincere gratitude to all those who made the race a success. “Thanks to all the people that came out and assisted us and cheered us on. Congratulations to all junior and senior cyclists for their good performance.” Thanks goes out to all sponsors: Jambel Jerk Pit, Fido’s Restaurant and Bar, Sailaway Cafe, Lola’s Pub, Premium Wines, Mayan Princess Hotel, Banana Beach Resort/ Andrew Smiling, Ballers Barber Shop, Lily’s Restaurant, Elvis kitchen, Wings, Tropic Air, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Brian Halliday, SouthWind Properties, San Pedro Hardware, Jaguars Night Club, Super Buy, El Dorado, Castillos Hardware, Captain Sharks, Pepperonis Pizza, Pirates Pizza, 3 Brothers Groceries, Marina’s Store, Gaby’s Construction, San Pedro Town Council, Honorable Manuel Heredia, San Pedro Police Department, San Pedro Traffic Department, Barrington Castillo, Minellie Rosado and Logan.

The San Pedro Sun congratulates Kent and Byron on their big win. To all aspiring athletes, keep up the hard work!

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