Frying for 100 miles – just for fun!

Puffing around the roads of Cayman
for 100 miles in the blazing sun may not sound like much fun but a bunch of
cyclists did just that on Sunday in what they termed ‘a social’.

It was organised by the triathlon
association and the cycling committee, starting and ending at Public Beach from
5.30am.

Larry Walters is the president of
the triathlon association. He said: “It was a great event today. It was the
third annual Cayman 100 and it was a really good example of how different
groups on the island can work together.

“The cyclists did a great job
putting this event on and the triathlon association supported their efforts.

“It was quite successful. We had 55
people out and that’s about 10 more we had in the last two years. Pretty
remarkable because we tried to build it up last year but this year it pretty
much took care of itself as its reputation grew.

“We figure it can feature going
forward on our calendar.

“This course is perfect to get 100
miles around the island. We finished when it started to get really hot so there
was no way we could delay the start. We could actually have started earlier.

“It was relatively easy to
organise. We had two registration times on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

“Then on the course we had two
volunteers on the south side of Frank Sound, Brent Buckner and Christine Gibbs.
They gave water and other drinks and we also had the Red Cross. They had two
different teams and they actually chanced the race for all six and a half
hours.

“Fortunately today we did not have
a ‘sag’ wagon but we didn’t need it. Gabe Rabess and other people changed tires
for people at the appropriate times. So everything turned out to be quite a
perfect day today.

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Some of the riders who could still stand up at the end!
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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