Father, daughter win open division in Pika Bike Race

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TINIAN — Bob Ferrer and his daughter JC Ferrer won the open division for males and females in the 65K Pika Bike Race on Saturday as part of the 16th Tinian Hot Pepper Festival.

Bob and daughter J.C. Ferrer finished first in the 65K Pika Bike Race on Saturday.  Facebook photo

Bob Ferrer finished first overall with a time of 1:43:44 while his daughter clocked at 1:55:20.

Mark Isip placed second in 1:43:45 while Joel Buco, who was the 2019 champion in the open division, finished third at 1:44:01.

Kriz Gozon placed second in the female category with a time of 2:48:31.

In the mountain bike division for women, the lone female participant, Kimberlyn King-Hinds, maintained her title by clocking 2:15:24.

In the male division, Nap Dizon was first with 1:50:26; Noel Altamirano, second, 1:55:36; and Norlo Jacosalem, third, 1:57:55.

In the 46-year-old-and-above male division, Cesar Fortaleza was first, 1:44:35; Floro Drexes, second, 1:53:11; and Willy Barbo, third, 1:55:26.

In the 36-to-45-year-old category, Rusty Valino clinched first place in the male division, clocking at 1:50:22. Hernando Cristobal finished second in 2:18:31 and Leo Wania ended up third in 2:29:53.

In the female division, Ayana Braxton was first with 1:55:59 while Marjorie Ganacias placed second, 2:29:53.

This year, there are 40 participants — 36 from Saipan and four from Tinian, said Dawn Sarmiento, president of the Bikers Association of Tinian, which organized the event with the Marianas Visitors Authority.

Sarmiento expressed his appreciation to MVA and the Tinian mayor’s office, The Bike Shop, and the Bikers Association of Tinian for their continued efforts to promote Tinian as a premier bike race destination.

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