Smith can edge in as Pam triumphs

The fourth of five Cayman Classic races on Sunday was
another competitive event and set the finale up this weekend for an exciting
conclusion, in which 35 cyclists competed. All the races are sponsored by Karim Awe of the Cayman Insurance
Centre.

In the
open division Steve Abbott extended his lead to seven points over Michele Smith
following his winning ride in the 60-mile race from Grand Harbour up to East
End, doing the loop around Frank Sound twice, and back finishing on the bypass
between Lantern Point and Grand Harbour.

However,
Abbott, the defending champion, will be unable to compete in the final event
and so all eyes will be on Smith who must finish fourth or higher to snatch the
2010 title from Abbott. Jasper Mikkelsen is currently third 14
points behind Smith.

At least the women’s title is already decided. Pam Travers is the 2010 Cayman
Classics champion. She won three of the four events after opening the series
with a second place in the the 5km time trial. The other podium places will be
a closely run battle between Caroline Cahill who has a one point advantage on
Toni Pinkerton.

In the
masters division Chris Sutton rode well to open a nine point gap at the top of
the table. He’s now favourite to retain the title he won the last two years.

Abbott,
who is also the president of the cycling association, said: “With none of the
juniors competing Sunday due to school commitments, we are expecting an
exciting finale at the Reef Resort as Micheal Testori has a slender one point
lead over defending champion Toby Sutton. The battle between the two has been
an interesting and exciting dual with both having bright futures on the bike.

“A
special word of thanks to Tom McCallum who calculated all the sprint and finish
line results, Mark Hennings who was the scooter marshall, Vera for the
refreshments and photography, Clement for his photography, Peter from the Red
Cross and the members of the RCIPS who helped make it a safe event.

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The cyclists are grateful to Cayman Insurance Centre for their sponsorship. –
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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