Farina finishes ninth in Pan Am Games road race


The lone U.S. cyclist in the 80-kilometer women’s road race, Robin Farina (Hendersonville, Tenn.) finished ninth Saturday on the Pan American Road Race Course in Guadalajara.
Farina, shown here at the world championships earlier this summer, finished ninth in today's Pan Am Games road race.
Farina, shown here at the world championships earlier this summer, finished ninth in today's Pan Am Games road race.
“I’ve been here for a week now since I also raced the time trial, so I had a few opportunities to check out the course and knew today’s race was going to be tough, especially being the only U.S. rider,” said Farina who finished less than a second off the podium in Sunday’s (Oct. 16) time trial. “While today’s race didn’t present a good breakaway opportunity for me at the end, my legs really felt good, and I’m proud that I had the opportunity to represent USA Cycling and Team USA at the Pan American Games. It’s truly an honor.”
Cuba swept the road race podium with Arlenis Sierra crossing the line first in 2:18:10 and Yumari Gonzalez and Yudelmis Dominguez picking up silver and bronze in a field sprint.
“I’ve been racing since February, mostly in the U.S. and a short stint in Europe before World Championships, which is the longest season I’ve ever had,” said Farina. “Now it’s time for me to rest, relax and get back to work at my bike shop ‘Uptown Cycles’ in Charlotte, N.C.”
This event concludes the Pan American Games cycling competition. Team USA won a total of six medals in three of the four cycling disciplines, including:
·         Oct. 15 – mountain biking, women’s cross country – GOLD, Heather Irmiger (Boulder, Colo.)
·         Oct. 15 – mountain biking, men’s cross country – BRONZE, Jeremiah Bishop (Harrisonburg, Va.)
·         Oct. 17 – track cycling, men’s team sprint – SILVER, Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif.), Dean Tracy (Portland, Ore.) and Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif.)
·         Oct. 20 – track cycling, women’s keirin – BRONZE, Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa.)
·         Oct. 21 – BMX, women – SILVER, Arielle Martin-Verhaaren (Spanaway, Wash.)
·         Oct. 21 – BMX, men – GOLD, Connor Fields (Henderson, Nev.); SILVER, Nic Long (Lakeside, Calif.)

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