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Simon Sets a New Record

Marsh Andre Jyme and Shand of LimeAntigua St. John's - Andre Simon has set a new course record in the Cool and Smooth National Individual Time Trial.

Antigua & Barbuda cyclists showed exceptional interest in sports' highest-rated title event, the national title. The Cool and Smooth National Individual Time Trial featured the biggest names in cycling in Antigua and “what a show it was!”

The excitement heated up when the last five cyclists took the course. These were the fastest on the island with their abilities separated by seconds. Andre Simon was the second-to-last person to leave the start gate, and he trotted the course with an amazing speed, catching and passing at least 2 people who  started two minutes ahead of him.

Simon's performance was evident on the course - that he was producing the best time by far, he produced a time of 43:45 to capture his first ever time trial and capturing the Nation’s highest sporting title, 2014 National Time Trial Champion. The Team Terminix captain broke the course record time set by Jyme Bridges of 44:09, adjusting it by 24 seconds to 43:45.

Kevinia Tamiko Margarita and Jojo of Cool and Smooth

Race favorite, Robert Marsh of ESR Club produced a commendable time of 44:48, a minute and three seconds off the winning time but good enough for 2nd place and putting him ahead of the defending champion, Jyme Bridges who returned home from Trinidad where he is contract to race. Bridges placed 3rd in time of 45:35 in the breezy conditions of Sunday’s event. Marvin Spencer had to settle for 4th place after producing a time, two seconds off from the time at third, 45:37. Vincente Sanabria was 5th in a time of 45:45.

Tamiko Butler was the fastest woman on the course on Sunday over the 9.5 mile course. The Caribbean Time Trial silver medalist set a new course record of 23:57, the day before she leave to take up her racing sting in the UK. Kevinia Francis settled for 2nd place after producing a time of 28:56. Margarita Fanandez was 3rd in a time of 30:52 ahead of Wendy Title who was 4th in a time of 35:21.

Tesheed Gordon retained his time of National Junior Champion. The ESR Club youngster in his final year as a junior, produced a time of 51:56 over the 19 mile course. Joel Phillip was the 2nd fastest Junior producing a time of 53:29 ahead of Nigel Fabian who was 3rd in a time of 54:44.

Joel Tesheed Nigel

The winner of the B-Class was Ashfield Vigo of the Road Runners Cycling Club, Vigo recorded a time of 51:20. Mervin Gore placed 2nd whilst Nkosie Barnes took the 3rd spot on the podium with a time of 56:06. Cadet Class won by David Simmons ahead of his older brother, Dexter Simmons. Peter Kelsick won the Grand Masters Class that took place on the 9.5 mile course. Kelsick clocked a time of 28:05 ahead of Kevin Elliott who was 2nd in a time of 28:06. Alistair Savoury placed 3rd in time of 28:28 in the Cool & Smooth sponsored event.

Meanwhile, high speed action continue this coming Sunday 13th April as the association host the Pam An base Circuit Race. The event will start at 9am and cover the roads surrounding the Pan Am base shell beach area. This high speed action will be led by island’s best talent in the sport, Andre Simon, Omari King, Marvin Spencer, Robert Marsh and others to include the Cuba’s Cycling Tour winners, Vincente Sanabria and his nephew.

However, on Saturday 12th April, the Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Association will be hosting Cycling Awards and Cocktail brought to you by Matthews Auto Parts. The event will take place at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium awarding the cyclist for the 2012 and 2013 cycling season. Prizes will be given for the high ranked cyclist based on the point’s series championships, the most improved cyclist and other awards. The association will also be recognising its sponsors and supported during the period.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Simon Sets a New Record

#1 Wadadlian » 2014-04-10 15:45

Congrats to all and keep pressing on!
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