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Fast bikes fastest in Hell of the Marianas; Carey retains title

TWO years of training hard paid off for Russia’s Konstantin Fast who topped the 2014 Hell of the Marianas Century Cycle last Saturday.

“I was here three years ago. I have been coming here three times and I could not win,” he said in an interview during the awards banquet at the Marianas Resort and Spa hours after the race.

Fast did not race in HOM in the couple of years which he spent training hard.

Biking in the average speed of 21.96 miles per hour Fast finished the men’s pro open road race in two hours and 49.22 minutes, beating the time of 2013 HOM champion, Kazuhiro Yamomoto who clocked in at 2:56.38 last year.

“Now that I have trained hard, I came and I won,” he proudly said an hour before he was called to the stage to claim his HOM championship medal and cash prize.

But right after the race, Fast said, “I liked the course, it was easier for me. Once you get passed the uphill it gets easy.”

Fast also said he loved the scenery and how the course went smooth for him.

From the kick-off another biker from Russia, Alexander Dorovskikh kept pace with Fast as they approached the uphill race path to the Suicide Cliff.

But in front of them in the 1.8- mile start off, was Japan’s Ryutaro Nakamura who led the uphill race to Suicide Cliff trying to take the place of his compatriot, Yamamoto.

Third place Ryutaro poses while crossing the finish line.Third place Ryutaro poses while crossing the finish line.

From left to right are third place winner Ryutaro Nakamura, second place winner Alexander Dorovskikh and 2014 Hell of the Marianas Champion Konstantin Fast pose after the 8th Annual Hell of the Marianas Century Cycle held at the Marianas Resort & Spa last Saturday.From left to right are third place winner Ryutaro Nakamura, second place winner Alexander Dorovskikh and 2014 Hell of the Marianas Champion Konstantin Fast pose after the 8th Annual Hell of the Marianas Century Cycle held at the Marianas Resort & Spa last Saturday.

At the finish line, however, Dorovskikh came second reaching the final time zone at 2:51.41.

Nakamura settled for third place but beat Yamamoto’s 2013 HOM time. He clocked in at 2:56.13.

Also making it to the top six pro racers were Guam’s Peter Lombard who completed the race in 3:11.19; Korea’s Kaon Cho, 3:12.35 and U.S.’s Chris Peters, 3:43.17.

In the women’s pro, Mieko Carey led the pack of female bikers throughout the entire course. Carey who was originally from Saipan but represented Guam this year, won the first place in female pro open division completing the race in three hours and 30.36 minutes.

Her longtime friend on Saipan, Kimiko McKagan came second with 4:11.44.

Carey and McKagan somersaulted in happiness before they claimed their medals and prizes.

It was Carey’s slowest, though.

In an interview after the race, Carey said she failed to beat her previous time because this year’s event was more difficult. She noticed that, although the course was the same, the way the race was started changed.

Last year they had to race all the way to PIC before taking the uphill race to Suicide Cliff. This time, she said she was surprised to take the Suicide Cliff first before proceeding south.

“That made us very tired in the first leg. I think that affected me,” she said adding that “I am always happy to be back here and see my friends.”

Guam’s Lynn Mattix did not have to somersault. She won third place finishing the race at 4:36.56.

Meanwhile, the younger Guam bikers reaped most of the medals.

Justin Nieves and Jake Jones won first and second places respectively in the 14 to 19 division. Nieves clocked in at 3:12.56 and Jones, 3:14.02.

Coming next to them to settle for third was Saipan’s Jerome Diyco who completed the race in 3:19.11.

Also making it to the top six were Saipan’s Erico Castro who clocked in at 3:19.59; Wynn Brillo, 3:41.00 and Guam’s Carlo Chow, 5:21.35.

Guam’s Jonathan Martin who had 3:12.56 was the only biker in the 20 to 24 age division, and Korea’s Yong Yu in the 25 to 29, to claim the title.

Guam’s Patrick Camacho and Jeff Philips topped the 30 to 34 age division winning the first and second places respectively. Camacho had 3:11.31 and Philips, 3:29.25.

Coming behind them were Saipan’s Arjay Noriega, 3:55.02; Saipan’s Edwin Morales, 4:18.02 and Korea’s Ki Hwan Kim, 5:54.30.

Saipan bikers however dominated the middle-age divisions.

Nap Dizon won the first place with 3:19.10 and Rich Asuncion, second place with 4:08.26. Coming third was Guam’s Michael Mattix, with 4:36.56.

In the 40 to 44 age division that drew the most participants, Saipan’s Lewie Tenorio won the first place clocking in at 3:34.53 and coming second was Guam’s Manny Masulino who had it at 3:47.51. Settling for the third was Saipan’s Peter Prestley who crossed the final time zone at 3:48.49.

The participants of the Hell of the Marianas after the awarding.  Photos by James F. SablanThe participants of the Hell of the Marianas after the awarding. Photos by James F. Sablan

Saipan’s Tyce Mister clocked in at 3:47.03 to win the 45 to 49 age division. The second placer was Tinian’s Allen Perez who had it at 4:12.48 and settling for the third place was Korea’s  

Saipan’s Willie Barbo won first place in the 50 to 54 age division race clocking in at 3:51.15; Roberto Tamondong, came second with 3:53.20 and Cezar Fortaleza, came third with 4:00.50.

Renato Calage, also of Saipan, won first place in the 55 to 59 age division with 4:03.11; Paul Plunkett second place, 4:08.36 and Manny Sitchon, won third place with 4:36.44.

Steve Nutting the lone wolf in the 60 to 64 age division claimed the title.

In the female age division races, Katie Mattos was the women in the 25 to 29 age division to claim the title, as she finished the race in 4:34.58.

Korea’s Ji Hye Kim won the first place in the 30 to 34 age division with 5:07.01 and Taiwan’s Shu Ya Li took the second place with 5:56.28.

Korea’s Jong Hwan Hwang was the lone wolf in the 40 to 44 age division to win the title with 4:16.07.

Saipan’s Kanae Quinn and Margaret Rose claimed the first and second place awards. Quinn completed the race in 4:29.45 and Rose, 4:35.50.

In the 50 to 54 age division, Lorie Hutchison won the first place as she finished the entire race in 4:31.51 and Susan Marchiti, won the second place with a time of 5:18.11.

View more photos from the event in our gallery