Time Trial Championship in Full Gear

Time Trial Championship in Full GearAntigua St. John's - The field is set for the staging of the Cool & Smooth National Individual Time Trial Cycling Championships on Sunday April 6.

The afternoon event was readjusted to take place at 9 am, due to the unpredictable political whistle stops. The 19-mile annual time trial route will take the riders from Police Recreation Grounds, up Factory Road to North Sound, Mount Joy, and Jonas Road to Freemans Village playing field, where the riders will turn and follow the same route back to the PRG for two laps.

Jyme Bridges set a new course record last year to earn the title, clocking a time of 44:09, adjusting the record time 20 seconds faster. He returns home on Friday to defend his title. Sunday’s event is set to be the biggest race on the cycling calendar, as it will showcase the best of the best in Antigua’s cycling.

Tamiko Butler also returns home to stock her resume and gain well-needed UCI points as she seeks a world-ranking at the end of the season. National Road Champion Andre Simon, also home in time for this event, is one man to watch, as he won the most recent race in Antigua. The overseas-based riders certainly wouldn’t have a walk in the park at the nationals as the home-based cyclists have been showing great improvement for the year so far.

Robert Marsh continued to defy the odds by proving that he can stay on the top of his game, even at age 45. He is strongly the favourite for Sunday’s race after winning the March 9 time trial and holding several national titles. Marvin Spencer also showed some good form as he again seeks the national time trial title, which he earned over two years ago. Omari King was the most improved cyclist at the March 9 time trial and continues to work on his time trialing so he too can cause an upset on Sunday. Conroy Thomas, Dale Richardson, Alvin Merrick, Neil Lloyd, Ken Jackson, Garfield Henry, or Ashley Rhodes could be the man of the day, as these are some of the best in the discipline of time trial.

National Time Trial Female Champion Kevinia Francis will be defending her title against Tamiko Butler, Margarita Fanandez, Lindsay Duffy, and others. The females will race for one lap to complete the 9.5-mile course.

The Juniors will go for 19 miles as Tesheed Gordon seeks to defend his title. He will face off with Joel Phillip, Nigel Fabian, and Odell Joseph. B-Class, Cadets, and Beginners will also be recognised at the Cool and Smooth-sponsored event.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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