Time trial doubled up for fun

The cycling season opened with a two-person/team time trial from Bodden Town playing field east to High Rock and back.

The 15-mile course was a comfortable introduction to riders last Sunday after the winter break and many just used it to shake off the rust and get their bodies used to the rigours of racing again.

Casuals riders such as Denvil Clarke took the opportunity to get into the spirit and ride without competing just to get his shaky legs stronger.

Pre-race favourites were the always speedy pair of Laurent Webber and Jerome Amiline and so it proved. They won in 35 minutes, 14 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of second place finishers Michele Smith and David Cooke, who were clocked at 36:57.

Chris Sutton and Steve Clements (37:51) were third and Edrick Verson and Pedro Ramos (39:44) were fourth.

Craig Merren, president of the cycling association, said: “Unlike the individual time trial where it is mano-a-mano and the best man wins, the team is only as fast as its weakest rider and with the time taken on the second rider to cross the line. Stronger team riders are forced to wait on their weaker teammates and encourage them to ride above their limits.

“So on a slightly windy but beautiful Sunday last week, 13 teams took up the challenge to try and synchronise their efforts in the contre la montre, this ‘the race of truth’.

“We want to give to special recognition to Josh Weaver, who is only 11 and was our youngest cyclist on the day, who rode with his father, Chris. Hats off to both of them.”

The next cycling event is not on the road but indoors, their annual general meeting, on Tuesday, 19 February. It is at Grand Pavilion Conference Room from 6 to 7.30pm.