2006 Iron Horse champion Rolando Gonzalez finally earns U.S. citizenship, peace of mind

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2006 Iron Horse champion Rolando Gonzalez finally earns U.S. citizenship, peace of mind

Former professional cycler struggled with depression and fear before gaining documented status
Costa Rican native Rolando Gonzalez has found more time to hit the trails with his CRC Janitorial team in recent months. He was once a member of the Costa Rican national team but largely went into hibernation when he moved to Durango, where he struggled to find steady work without a Social Security number and green card.
JERRY McBRIDE/Herald file

Rolando Gonzalez starts his climb up Molas Pass in 2006.
Rolando Gonzalez, leads his CRC Janitorial cycling team members down a trail in Durango Mountain Park on Saturday.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Rolando Gonzalez has been a familiar face in Durango’s large cycling community for years, but few knew the struggles he faced in gaining U.S. citizenship.

2006 Iron Horse champion Rolando Gonzalez finally earns U.S. citizenship, peace of mind

Costa Rican native Rolando Gonzalez has found more time to hit the trails with his CRC Janitorial team in recent months. He was once a member of the Costa Rican national team but largely went into hibernation when he moved to Durango, where he struggled to find steady work without a Social Security number and green card.
JERRY McBRIDE/Herald file

Rolando Gonzalez starts his climb up Molas Pass in 2006.
Rolando Gonzalez, leads his CRC Janitorial cycling team members down a trail in Durango Mountain Park on Saturday.
Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Rolando Gonzalez has been a familiar face in Durango’s large cycling community for years, but few knew the struggles he faced in gaining U.S. citizenship.
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