2017 World Police and Fire Games get off to a racing start
Bicyclists race past the finish line at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal
By Christian Monterrosa
Sunday, August 6th, 2017

The 2017 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG)  kicked off on Sunday inviting police and fire departments from all over the world to Santa Clarita.

The closed circuit race, or criterium, was divided into age groups and awarded winners with either gold, silver, or bronze medals. 

Bicyclists from all around the world await the start of the race at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

 

The first winner of the day in the 18+ age group was Joshua Carling, 35, who also won the criterium in the 2015 WPFG.

“This was a big goal of mine to win the criterium again this year in 2017,” said Carling. “I had high hopes but you never know. There’s guys from all over the world.”

Carling works as a correctional counselor with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the California State Prison, Sacramento. He is also a category 1 USA Cycling racer.

Joshua Carling, 35, wins first place in the 18 and over criterium at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Competing in the 35+ age group was Santa Clarita resident Sean Martin.

A deputy sheriff with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Sean Martin, 49, has overcome a two-year battle with stage four cancer at the base of his tongue. After receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments, many nerves in his throat remain damaged.

“I still have issues like saliva and speech and stuff,” said Martin. “I lost some body weight but I ended up getting back to fitness without gaining weight so that made me a bit faster now.”

Sean Martin, 49, races in the criterium at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Martin has spent the last year and a half working to get back on his bike. This past July, he placed third in his age group in the Pedalfest mountain bike race in Central Park and completed the criterium for the day.

Sunday’s race marks the beginning of the 2017 WPFG competitive series throughout Santa Clarita and surrounding cities.

Friends and family gather along the race track to watch the criterium at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

 

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Bicyclists race past the finish line at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

2017 World Police and Fire Games get off to a racing start

The 2017 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG)  kicked off on Sunday inviting police and fire departments from all over the world to Santa Clarita.

The closed circuit race, or criterium, was divided into age groups and awarded winners with either gold, silver, or bronze medals. 

Bicyclists from all around the world await the start of the race at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

 

The first winner of the day in the 18+ age group was Joshua Carling, 35, who also won the criterium in the 2015 WPFG.

“This was a big goal of mine to win the criterium again this year in 2017,” said Carling. “I had high hopes but you never know. There’s guys from all over the world.”

Carling works as a correctional counselor with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the California State Prison, Sacramento. He is also a category 1 USA Cycling racer.

Joshua Carling, 35, wins first place in the 18 and over criterium at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Competing in the 35+ age group was Santa Clarita resident Sean Martin.

A deputy sheriff with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Sean Martin, 49, has overcome a two-year battle with stage four cancer at the base of his tongue. After receiving radiation and chemotherapy treatments, many nerves in his throat remain damaged.

“I still have issues like saliva and speech and stuff,” said Martin. “I lost some body weight but I ended up getting back to fitness without gaining weight so that made me a bit faster now.”

Sean Martin, 49, races in the criterium at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Martin has spent the last year and a half working to get back on his bike. This past July, he placed third in his age group in the Pedalfest mountain bike race in Central Park and completed the criterium for the day.

Sunday’s race marks the beginning of the 2017 WPFG competitive series throughout Santa Clarita and surrounding cities.

Friends and family gather along the race track to watch the criterium at the 2017 World Police and Fire Games in Valencia on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal