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Giovanni Lovell Completes National Double


June 28, 2015

Giovanni Lovell (DigiCell 4G) closed the 2015 Nationals in impressive fashion by completing the ITT/Road Race double this afternoon in Roaring Creek, Cayo District. After setting a new ITT record yesterday, Lovell rode in solo just about three minutes ahead of teammate Joel Borland to take the U23 national title. Another teammate of Lovell, Joslyn Chavarria finished third to complete the DigiCell sweep of the U23 Male category.

Chavarria jumped out early after in the first of the two 46 mile laps on the hilly road circuit. He passed the starting point with 2013 Champion Byron Pope (Benny’s Megabytes) on his wheel, followed seconds later by Giovanni Lovell who had just made his move from the peloton to come across. DigiCell 4G coach John Borland said, “That was exactly the plan; start the race hard, making it difficult from the gun goes off; take the competition to the opponents and get rid of who we could in the early part of the race and let the race boil down to those who deserve to be around; and clearly our team was prepared.” Lovell concurred with Borland adding that he really wanted it today so he rode very aggressive and further recalled making his decisive move entering the hills between the villages of Ontario and Unitedville with about twenty miles to go.

Pro tour riders around the world routinely participate in their respective National ITT and Road Championships, however, effective participation continues to be a struggle in Belize. Nevertheless, Lovell did not discount what it means to him saying that this race was a priority for him and admitted that he wanted it very baldy. He acknowledged that winning this race means that he is one of the premier cyclist in his country.

In the Elite Male category Ron Vasquez (Western Spirit Cycling Team) edged out defending champion Nissan Arana (also of Western Spirit) by just under a minute. Arana lamented that he was disappointed coming into the race not being able to defend his ITT title two days before. Angel Tzib (SMART Zoom Cycling Team) took the bronze medal after finishing over a minute later.

Robert Liam Stewart (Western Spirit Cycling Team) repeated as Masters Male Champion while Raymond Cattouse (C-Ray Cycling Team) took the silver medal.

About Isaac Rhys

Isaac Rhys is the Managing Editor at Based in the Belize, he started Cyclebiz in 2015 intent on attracting more attention to local bike races and its participants.

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