The SoCalCycling.com Team is happy to have climbing sensation Abner Gonzalez racing for the SoCalCycling.com Team this season. Abner, who is just 18 years old and is from Puerto Rico, was highly recommended to race for the Team by teammate and sponsor Franco Font, who also is from Puerto Rico.
The past few seasons, Abner raced in Spain on a top Spanish Junior cycling team where he had the opportunity to race in the Junior World Championships representing Puerto Rico.
This season while racing for the SoCalCycling.com Team he did well at the Redlands Bicycle Classic finishing in the lead group on the challenging and hilly Sunset Road Race and also got 10th in the GMR Time Trial at the San Dimas Stage Race in the Pro, 1 events.
This past weekend, Abner got a chance to show off his climbing prowess at the SLR Road Race where he went on to win after being in a two-man breakaway with Chad Hall (Team California). The SoCalCycling.com Team has won the SLR Road Race four years in a row, so it was exciting to see Abner claim the win for the Team again!
Abner elaborated on the SLR Road race – “The San Luis Road Race was a demanding and very fast race where there were many attacks early, the winning attack was with 3 laps to go. The main factor of this race was teamwork. Thanks to my SoCalCycling.com Team SoCalCycling.com Team partner Christian Gorm for protecting me and helping me throughout the race. I also want to thank our Team Director Frank Sarate for being there for us before, during and after the races. Many good things will continue to happen for the Team.”
Abner will be racing in the challenging Tour of the Gila in New Mexico this week for the first time which will be a good experience and opportunity to race with the top domestic teams.
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Photos by Frank Sarate / SoCalCycling.com