Abbotts rule classic time trial

Cayman’s top cyclists took on the clock in the second event of the Cayman Classic cycling series on Sunday 5 May. The event, organised by the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, took the form of a five kilometre individual time trial, with the win going to the cyclist with the quickest time in each category.

There was a very good turnout, with the junior division, which had been sadly lacking in numbers for the first event, featuring a number of very competitive young cyclists.

Andy Diaz claimed the junior division win with a time of 7:19, well clear of Derron Kelly in second, with Alex McCallum taking third followed by Nicholas Ebanks and Jose Hernandez Allen. The win gives Diaz the lead in the junior division with 25 points, ahead of Kelly on 18 and McCallum on 15.

In the masters’ division series leader Gabe Rabess looked set to face a tough challenge. Chris Sutton set the early pace with a strong 7:10, but his time would not stand for long as Laurent Weber managed to better the time with a 7:04. However, Rabess turned in a powerful performance to take the win with a 6:55 and in so doing hang on to the blue Cayman Helicopters leader’s jersey. He now leads the master’s division with 50 points, followed by Weber on 36 with Sutton in third on 30.

In the ladies’ division, Risa Golberg was faced with an uphill struggle if she wanted to defend her series lead. After an unfortunate fall during the first race of the series, Pam Abbott was back in action and looking to play catch-up, setting the best time of 8:24 early on. Carien Roberts-Harcombe came close to matching Abbott, but her time of 8:29 left her five second shy. This meant that Abbott opened her account with a win, while Roberts-Harcombe took second place. Donna Harding took third ahead of Golberg in fourth. This meant that Golberg held onto the jersey by the narrowest of margins, with 37 points ahead of Roberts-Harcombe’s 36.

In the open category Brian Chin-Yee turned in the first sub seven minute performance of the day, but Jerome Ameline obliterated that time with a 6:33 soon after. His lead would not last as less than a minute later Steve Abbott tore through the finish line. His time of 6:25 gave him the lead and a new course record. The next finisher, Michele Smith, slotted into third place with a 6:44, while series leader Michael Stomps finished just three seconds short of the podium.

Abbott pulled on the red Cayman Helicopters leader’s jersey and now leads the competition with 40 points, followed by Stomps on 37, Smith on 33 and Ameline on 30.

The next event in the series is a circuit race, which will see the cyclists complete 45 minutes of racing around a tight racing circuit, followed by a final three laps at the end of which the leaders will sprint for the win. The event challenges the skill of the competitors, with the numerous sharp corners rewarding those who are brave and skilled enough to take the corners at speed. Entries for the event are available on line, with sign in from 6am to 6.45am at the start. The race will start at 7am from the bypass in front of Sunshine Suites and Regatta office park.

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