Starting from the historic city center of Guadalajara, Mexico at 06:00 on Saturday, former pro cyclist Ángel Eduardo Meza quickly left all challengers behind to win the 9th edition of Reto Guadalajara 300KM gran fondo in 8:19:32 – over 2 hours ahead of the next riders.
In fact, he rode so fast the finish line timing system was not even set up when he claimed victory!
Heriberto Luin Polito and Diego Avelar finished second and third respectively (after the timing system was set up) to round out the podium, both with a time of 10:32:48.
Next across were Fernando Antonio Romero Valenzuela (10:34:23) and Jose Santana Guerrero (10:34:53).
Just under 400 cyclists participated in the sold-out 300 kilometre road race to the Pacific coastal town of Manzanillo from the cycling capital of Guadalajara, home to the one of the best track cycling programs in the Americas and Velódromo Panamericano.
Meza, a 30 year-old time trial specialist who finished 8th in the 2017 Mexican National Time Trial Championships, powered to victory without benefit of a team, large peloton or aerodynamic handlebars – just brute strength, low rolling resistance tubular tires and a standard road bike.
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