Going round in circles

Cycling has a long and proud
history in Cayman, with cyclists participating in the Olympic games as recently
as 1996. However, the current cycling scene, though still quite competitive, is
focused much more on creating a fun and social atmosphere for the growth of the
sport.

This goes a long way to explaining
why cycling has been gaining in popularity recently, especially among juniors
and ladies.

Part of the appeal of the sport is
the great camaraderie that exists among cyclists, something that the Cayman
Islands Cycling Association has been working hard to foster.

The main event every weekend is the
social training ride, which routinely sees in excess of 40 cyclists gather in
the Grand Harbour parking lot in front of Hurley’s. From there they roll out on
a circumnavigation of the Eastern Districts, heading through Bodden Town, East
End and back along Frank Sound Road. Although this might sound like a very
challenging ride (around 45 miles) the pace is kept at a manageable level, and
there are usually cyclists who turn around earlier.

The ride is an ideal opportunity to
meet some of the more accomplished cyclists on Island and learn more about the
sport.

At the recent 10-mile time trial
championships, a field of more than 40 cyclists turned out for a competitive
event, while the Reefathlon cycling series in East End has drawn up to 50
participants in some its regular events.

Of course, apart from the social
aspect, cycling is an excellent activity for building fitness as well.

The next event on the local cycling
calendar is the Reefathlon 19-mile time trial in East End, scheduled for 21
November. With a guest professional cyclist in the form of Peter Stetina of the
Garmin-Transitions pro team, it is an excellent opportunity for local cyclists
to test their mettle against top international talent.

 

For more information on the
Reefathlon, visit the cyclists association’s website ww.caymancycling.com or
the event website at www.reefathlon.com

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