Kiwanas speedily net $2,000

Local cyclists did their bit for charity recently and got a good ride out of it in the process.

The annual Kiwanis bike-a-thon on Sunday 25 October had cyclists of all ages and abilities taking on the ride from Blowholes to Smith Cove.

The event, organised by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, celebrated its 28th edition this year, and has become a firm fixture on the local cycling calendar.

A big field of more than 75 riders set off from Blowholes and generally held together, in spite of a couple of digs off the front by some of the stronger cyclists.

However, the event really heated up as the bunch approached the run-in to South Sound, with the stronger cyclists coming to the fore and attempting to whittle down the field by turning up the pace.

A small group managed to rip clear of the field, containing among others Michael Stomps and Jerome Begot.

OC Connor attacked out the of peloton to close the gap, with Jerome Ameline taking over the pace making and dragging a number of other cyclists, including over to the lead group with him.

Steve Abbott was next to launch an attack as the group passed Windsor village, with Michele Smith chasing him down. Smith managed to catch up to Abbott and the two sprinted it out for the finish, with Smith taking the glory ahead of Abbott, with Dennis Brooks trailing in well behind them for third place.

The main event was followed by a kids’ race, with a big group of children taking off down the road with a number of parents in tow to monitor the safety of their offspring. They were also accompanied by a police escort as they made their way from Smith Cove to the rugby club and back.

The event was run to raise money for the Kiwanis Club’s Library on Wheels, which distributes books to children in all districts.

Afterwards, the participants converged on the beach at Smith Cove for fresh fruit, donuts and drinks. Participants received certificates and t-shirts to commemorate the event.

The true success of the event was the money raised, with more than $2,000 going to the Library on Wheels.

Kiwanis is a global organisation of volunteers changing the world one child and one community at a time.

New members are welcome.

  • For more information on Kiwanis, call Ruud at 947-9956 or Paul at 916-6331 or visit the Kiwanis website at