Cayman Classic’s high five

The final event of the
Cayman Classic Series, presented by Karim Awe of Cayman Insurance Centre, will
take place on Sunday, 30 May. The event, hosted by the Reef Resort in East End,
will mark the culmination of five weekends of racing organised by the Cayman
Islands Cycling Association, with many of the titles still up for grabs.

The event is a 19-mile
individual time trial along the popular Reefathlon circuit, starting at the
Reef Resort and taking participants on a circuit along the Queen’s Highway,
down Frank Sound Road and on through East End before finishing back at the Reef
Resort.

The event promises to be
really competitive as a number of categories in the Cayman Classic are still to
be decided, while a number of other cyclists are itching to improve on their
times set in the previous Reefathlon time trial last year.

The holder of the current
local course record, Jerome Ameline, is likely to mount a serious challenge for
the win in spite of the fact that he has only been back on his bike for a
couple of weeks after a training accident. Jasper Mikkelsen finished only a
couple of seconds behind Ameline on the previous Reefathlon time trial and has
been training specifically for the event in the hope of setting a new local
course record.

Other challengers for podium
positions could include Michael Stomps and triathlete Johann Prinsloo, who is
in excellent shape after competing in Ironman South Africa recently.

In the open division, Steve
Abbott leads the field with 71 points over Michele Smith on 64 points, with
Mikkelsen in third on 50 points. Although Abbott has a substantial lead, he
will not be able to take part in the final event, leaving Smith with a shot at
taking the title. A win could net Smith 15 points and if he can finish in
fourth or higher, he will claim the title.

With one event left to go,
the ladies’ title has already been decided, with Pam Travers more than 15
points clear of her closest competitor Caroline Cahill, with Toni Pinkerton
only one point behind in third. This means that the second and third positions
will be decided by the outcome of the final event.

In the junior division it is
all up for grabs, with a mere point separating newcomer and division leader
Michael Testori from defending champion Toby Sutton, with Alex McCallum in
third. Testori has been improving rapidly and finished only a couple of seconds
behind Sutton in the opening 5k time trial, so this event promises a heated
competition.

In the masters’ division the
title is theoretically still up for grabs, as second placed Laurent Weber
trails current leader Chris Sutton by only nine points. However, unless Sutton
fails to compete, it would be virtually impossible for Weber to gain ten points
over Sutton. Douglas Elliot is currently in third place in the division.

Pre-entries for the event
are CI$15, with entries on race day available for CI$20, Race day registration
will take place from 6.15am to 6.40am at the Reef Resort, with the first
cyclist set to start at 7am. Race entry includes an event t-shirt and breakfast
after the event as well as a chance to win prizes in a lucky draw.

Cyclists are urged to
pre-enter for the event, as the cyclists who pre-enter will be seeded according
to ability.

Many cyclists will also take
advantage of the Reefathlon staycation special, which includes a beachfront
studio for two for the Saturday night preceding the event, one race entry and
one ticket to the beach barbecue the evening before the race for CI$115.
Additional tickets for the barbecue are available at CI$19.

For more information on the
event, visit reefathlon.com or e-mail [email protected] Staycation
bookings can also be made through reefathlon.com.

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