Time to dust off and roll out

With the Tour de France now over,
local cyclists are getting off the couch and back on their bikes.

This weekend will see the return of
the Cayman Road Race Championships as cyclists take on a 40-mile ride on
Sunday.

The event, which is set to start at
6.30am from Grand Harbour, will take cyclists out towards East End and back
along Frank Sound Road before turning back towards George Town. The finish line
will be on the bypass just past Lantern Point. The first section of the route
up to the Bodden Town police station will be ridden as a neutral zone at a
manageable pace of under 18 miles per hour, with the group remaining together.
The racing will only start once the peloton has left Bodden Town behind.

This will be the first competitive
outing for the local peloton since the Cayman Classic Series, which concluded
at the end of May. Michele Smith won the open men’s division in that series
with a thrilling performance in the final time trial, while Pam Travers took
the ladies division in spite of not racing in the final time trial. The junior
division also delivered a ding-dong battle between defending champion Toby
Sutton and eventual winner Michael Testori, while Chris Sutton had to fight all
the way to claim the masters’ division ahead of Laurent Weber.

According to Steve Abbott,
president of the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, it is hoped that the event
will attract a big field with good depth of talent in all divisions.

“The early start time will allow
the participants to make good use of the cooler morning temperatures, while the
40-mile distance presents a challenging but achievable target for serious and
recreational cyclists alike. We look forward to a good turnout in all
categories, especially among the ladies and juniors,” said Abbott.

Registration for the event will
take place outside the Brick House in Grand Harbour from 11am to 1pm on
Saturday. The entry fee of $10 includes refreshments after the event on Sunday.

* For more information, visit
cycling.ky or e-mail [email protected]

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