Time trial is a perfect tune up

Cayman’s cyclists are gearing up
for the 10-mile National Time Trial Championships, set to take place on Sunday
10 October.

The time trial is an individual
event, often called the race of truth, as it is all about individual ability in
the race against the clock. This makes the time trial an excellent event for anyone
who wants to find out how they stack up against fellow cyclists, while the
10-mile distance is not intimidating.

The event promises to draw Cayman’s
top cyclists, as well as many triathletes who are keen to test their form ahead
of the Cayman Islands Triathlon coming up in November. It also provides a good
form test for those looking to take on the 19-mile Reefathlon time trial on 21
November.

In the past, Jerome Ameline, the
defending champion, has dominated the event, winning it on multiple occasions.
However, he is still making his return to form after a nasty training accident
earlier this year set his training back considerably. There are likely to be
some serious challenges from the likes of cyclist Steve Abbott, as well as
triathletes like Johan Heath and Ray Welds, who are both in excellent form
after their recent participation in the ESI Ironman 70.3 Augusta. Whether
anyone will be able to beat Ameline’s very impressive course record of 21:19,
set in 2008, remains to be seen. Conditions will have to be perfect for anyone
to have a chance of getting close to the time.

Among the ladies, defending
champion Justine Plenkiewicz is in good form following her recent Ironman 70.3
participation, while a number of other athletes are preparing for the Cayman
Islands Triathlon and should be in fine form as well.

There is likely to be a tough
battle for the masters title between defending champion Chris Sutton and his
arch nemesis Laurent Weber, while a titanic struggle is set for the junior
title as defending champion Toby Sutton tries to fend off a challenge from
Michael Testori.

The event will start at 7am, with
cyclists starting one minute apart. The start/finish line will be at Paradise
Bar and Grill on South Sound and cyclists will follow an out and back route
down South Church Street to the turnaround point just short of the Grand
Harbour roundabout.

Entry for the event will take place
through online registration via the Cayman Islands Cycling Association’s
website, caymancycling.com. There will be no registration on race day. Anyone
experiencing problems with their online registration can e-mail [email protected].