Reefathlon launches cycling season

The local cycling community is
gearing up for the 2010 racing season, which will kick off on Sunday with the
Reefathlon.

This is the third edition of the
event and will feature a new format which will make it accessible to cyclists
of any level. The event will start with one loop of a 19-mile circuit, ridden
at a recreational pace so that all the cyclists can stay together. The second
loop, which is not compulsory, will be ridden at race pace.

According to race organiser Tom
McCallum, the new format closely matches his vision for the Reefathlon.

“Reefathlon for me has always been
about trying to get more and more people.. at all levels out on the bike. We
now have such perfect conditions with smooth roads for cycling out East, we’ve
just got to get people on their bikes,” he said.

The first loop of the ride will be
limited to a top speed below 15 miles per hour to allow all the participants to
stick together.

Some of the top local cyclists like
Jerome Ameline have undertaken to help enforce a low speed during the first
loop as well as help cyclists who struggle. This is also an ideal opportunity
for novice cyclists to meet some of the top cyclists on Island and get tips on
how to improve their cycling.

The Reefathlon has also partnered
with Revolutions to offer a special deal for all Revolutions customers who are
first time Reefathlon participants.

Those completing at least one loop
on Sunday will receive 50 per cent off their Revolutions classes for March.
They will also be entered into a drawing for a heart rate monitor and a
Reefathlon staycation at theReef for the May Reefathlon.

The entry fee for the event is
CI$20 on the day, or CI$15 is paid in advance of the event. The entry fee
includes a Reefathlon tech shirt and a theReef sport bottle. It also includes
post race refreshments as well as a donation to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

Race day registration will take place
from 6.15am to 6.40am at theReef in East End, with the start of the event
scheduled for 7am.

Many cyclists also spend the
Saturday night before the race at the Reef Resort. The Saturday evening features
a barbeque and pasta party at the Rusty Pelican beach bar from 6pm, with
tickets available for CI$19.

For more information on
accommodation or to make a reservation, contact 947-0100 or email [email protected]

For more information on the event,
visit reefathlon.com.

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