Marathon ride will reach a ton

Cayman’s cycling community will take on the longest ride on the local calendar this weekend with the Massive 100 Mile Challenge rolls into town.

The event is set to take place on Sunday 15 April with cyclists setting off from Seven Mile Public Beach on a route that will take them through all the districts of Grand Cayman.

The cyclists will set off at 5.30am with the route taking them through West Bay before heading back through George Town and out to the Eastern Districts and the first drinks stop at the Frank Sound Road junction. From there the group will head out all the way to Rum Point before returning along Frank Sound Road for a second drinks stop. A final loop of the Eastern Districts will follow, without the trip out to Rum Point this time around, before a last drinks stop at the junction as cyclists take on the final stretch back to the finish line at Public Beach.

“This is first and foremost a social endurance event, where there’s plenty of room for everyone no matter if you’re a recreational cyclist or a serious road racing cyclist,” said Craig Merren, president of the Cayman Islands Cycling Association.

Even though 100 miles might seem like an insurmountable challenge, the event is aimed at helping cyclists conquer this monument of cycling through a supportive environment as well as ample refreshment stops to see to it that everyone remains well hydrated and fuelled up.

The pace of the ride will also be maintained at a manageable level, around 16 miles per hour, while cyclists will benefit from the advantages of riding in a group to save energy. The initial part of the ride out to Rum Point will see everyone staying together while after that the faster cyclists will be allowed to take off while some of the more experienced cyclists will stay with the back of the pack to ensure that they have the best chance of completing the challenge.

At the finish line participants will be treated to a pasta and salad meal provided by Ristorante Pappagallo to help them recover from the day’s exertions.

The online entry fee for the event is $49 including a commemorative cycling jersey or $25 excluding the jersey, with online entries closing at midnight on Friday 13 April.

There will be a final opportunity to enter on Saturday 14 April from 12pm to 1pm at the Massive Equipment Rental offices at 134 Industrial Way, with the entry fee being $35 without the jersey.

There will be no race day registration available. Additional tickets for the meal after the event will be available for friends or family members who want to join the participants after the event, at $15 for adults and $7.50 for children.