Cycling Shifts Into High Gear

Cycling Shifts Into High GearAntigua St. John's - The 2014 Antigua cycling season has shifted into a new gear as professional riders join the leading domestic riders for the rest of the events.

The 2014 Pan Am Circuit race came off as a high-level performance event as the local cyclists raised their standards to meet those of the Cubans. Several riders put up a good challenge in the early part of the race by attempting to break away. Riders the likes of Joel Phillip, Tesheed Gordon, Omari King, Robert Marsh, and Conroy Thomas managed to establish as much as 30-second gaps, but were unable to keep away from the Cuban-led pack.

After the race passed the halfway mark, Vincente Sanabria and Youdennis Crespo of Team Terminix were too much to handle. The Cuban duo took the lead and maintained it to the end. These cycling imports held hands and crossed the finish line together to win the association’s 50-mile circuit race. The race was won by Sanabria in a time of 2:13.32.918, while second place was awarded to Crespo with a time of 2:13.32.991.

It was a sprint finish to decide third place, with Andre Simon the best of the trio.  He placed in a time of 2:14.42.605, ahead of his teammate who had the best ride of the day - Conroy “Baba” Thomas. Thomas finished the course in a time of 2:14.42.735 with Robert Marsh closely following for fifth place in a time of 2:14.42.785.

Joel Phillip of Team Terminix was the best of the B-Class. He clocked a time of 1:57.30 in the 30-lap category to win the longest race for the season so far. Ashfield Vigo was the second best after completing the course in a time of 1:57.31. Edward Henry placed third in a time of 2:01.46, while Wendell Anthony and Zakyle Joseph were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kevinia Francis won the women’s race in a time of 53:47 in the 18-mile race. She came home over four minutes ahead of Lindsay Duffy, who was 2nd in a time of 58:44. Jackie Ashford was 3rd in a time of 1:00.01, with Margarita Fernandez and Janice Sutherland 4th and 5th respectively.

Nigel Fabian was the best of the Juniors. Fabian, who continues to show great improvement, completed the 37.5 mile course in a time of 1:41.48. Dexter Simmons placed 2nd in a time of 1:57.52 and David Simmons 3rd in a time of 1:57.55.

Alistair Savoury continued his winning ways in the Masters Class in a time of 43:05, ahead of Sean Weathered who was 2nd in a time of 51:55. Brian Sanguinette placed 3rd in a time of 54:21.

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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