Close end to the Race of Truth

The Cayman Islands Cycling Association started off with a blast its first race of a series of five last Sunday.

Sponsored by Karim Awe of the Cayman Insurance Centerl the 5k time trial prologue better known as the ‘Race of truth’ to most cyclists attracted some 30 riders from beginners to elite performers.

The association was even privileged to see the participation of Cayman’s past Olympians Perry Merren and Mitchell Smith who rode really strong after a short period of training building up to the event.

The conditions could be no better with a bright sunny start and light wind conditions along the Newland’s Bypass road.

Thanks to the help of the police and the National Roads Authority, assigned road marshals and time keepers the event was a safe and successful one.

All competitors pulled out very good times for amateur racing. The men’s category displayed a close encounter with the top five finishing within a 15 second margin.

Top performer of the day was Jerome ‘The Flying Frenchman’ Ameline aka who finished in 7 minutes flat only a mere two seconds ahead of Gary Clarke.

Ameline averaged a speed of 26.8mph.

The top female performer was Tienke Ventor who has set the benchmark for others to beat in a time of 9mins and 8 seconds.

In the Seniors Masters class Bill Gerleck ripped the asphalt at a time of 8mins and 22 seconds.

Race Two which is a 50 mile road race is set for this Sunday starting at Hurley’s Grand Harbour at 7am.

For more information on race results, pictures of the race and CICA up-coming events visit www.cicycling.com. The Cycling Association is keen for new members.

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