Classic returns to find quickest

Cayman’s premier cycling series, the Cayman Classic Series, kicks off this Sunday.

The series is organised by the Cayman Islands Cycling Association and will consist of five events spread over five weekends in May.

The first event is a 5 kilometre individual time trial, in which cyclists will set off one by one to complete a 5 kilometre out and back course on the Newlands Bypass. The start is located just past the Shamrock Road roundabout on the Newlands Bypass, with participants passing through two roundabouts before reaching the turnaround point and heading back in the direction of the start, with the finish line being more or less in line with the start line, on the opposite side of the road.

There will be a one minute interval between participating cyclists in order to ensure that all cyclists complete the course under their own steam and without assistance from cycling in the slipstream of another competitor. The top cyclists will set of towards the end of the field, so that everyone can enjoy cheering on the top competitors as they come flying in.

The winner will be the cyclist with the fastest time for the course, with participants competing in four categories – open men, open women, junior men and masters men.

The distance favours powerful cyclists like time trial specialist Jerome Ameline, although he will have a tough time holding off the likes of Steve Abbott and Michael Stomps. However, due to the nature of the event, it is quite possible that an unexpected winner could emerge as well, as the event requires a much shorter and more intense effort than required in most cycling events.

Among the women, there is no clear favourite, as most of the top ladies specialise in triathlon and are therefore much more focussed on the longer distances rather than at the short and intense effort required for this event. However, Donna Harding has shown a lot of improvement over the last year and might be able to take the title on Sunday.

The masters category will likely be a closely contested affair between Chris Sutton and Laurent Weber again, and although Weber’s strength has given him the edge in their last couple of time trial meetings, Sutton has proven in the past that he has what it takes to take a win.

As for the juniors, it has always been a game of seconds between Michael Testori and Toby Sutton, so it will most likely be too close to call once again, while Julian Johnson can also be expected to put in a good performance even though the event does not suit his strengths.

Registration for the event will be CI$15 and take place online through caymancycling.com, with no race day registration available. Registration is also available for all five events in the series for CI$50.

Those who entered for the event online can collect their race numbers at the start line between 6.15am and 6.50am with the first cyclist set to take off at 7am.

For more information, visit caymancycling.com or e-mail [email protected]

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