The Cayman Islands Cycling Association will be hosting its annual National Time Trial Championships on Sunday 7 October.
The event will take place over the traditional 10 mile course with competitors setting off at one minute intervals. The aim of the time trial is to find the fastest finisher over the distance, with competitors taking aim at titles in the open, veteran’s, junior’s and women’s divisions of the event.
The route will take participants from the start line opposite Paradise Bar and Grill on the George Town waterfront down along South Sound to the turnaround point just short of the Grand Harbour roundabout and back to the finish line in front of Paradise. Each participant has to complete the course without the assistance of other cyclists and is not allowed to sit behind another cyclist to make use of their slipstream and in so doing have an easier ride.
The defending champion and course record holder, Steve Abbott, promises to be tough to beat, although he is likely to face a tough challenge from the likes of Jerome Ameline, the former course record holder, and a number of the top triathletes on Island, including Johan Heath.
In the women’s division all eyes will be on Cayman Classic Series champion Risa Golberg, who recently returned from participating in an event in the United States. She will not have to fend off one of her regular challengers, as perennial podium finisher Pam Abbott is currently focussed on her triathlon training and is not likely to compete.
Of course, the weather is a constant threat, with torrential rain having forced the cancellation of the previous time trial event, which had been set to take place on Sunday 30 September.
Participants are encouraged to sign up for the event ahead of time through www.caymanactive.com, but sign up will also be available on race day from 6am to 6.45am, with the first participant setting off at 7am. The entry fee for the event is $10.