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Local racer Fortunato Ferrara finally got over the hump to win the Tour de Los Alamos top men’s category.
The 41st Tour de Los Alamos was held Sunday. The Tour, billed as the oldest cycling race in the southwest, followed its traditional loop from the Back Gate down to White Rock and back up the Truck Route.
Ferrara, who has had several close calls in recent years at the Tour but was nipped several times for the title in the men’s pro/1/2/3 race category.
This year, Ferrara fended off another tight battle at the front, topping both Damian Calvert, one of the most successful riders in tour history, and Kip Taylor. Ferrara, Calvert and Taylor all finished with a same time 3 hours, 27 minutes, 18 seconds for the 3-lap, 81-mile trek, but Ferrara picked up the championship.
Mindy Caruso won the top women’s finisher. She finished her two laps, totaling 54 miles, in 2:41:47, although she had a fight to the finish as well, with Irena Ossola finishing less than one second behind.
Caruso finished with an average speed of 20.03 miles per hour while Ferrara had an average speed of 24.02 mph.
This year’s race didn’t include either of the top men’s and women’s finishers from 2012, Mark Aasmunstad or Dana Shinn.
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