Ameline is always in a spin

Cycle champ Jerome Ameline admits his day job may have given him an extra advantage in the race for the Subway title. 

The Frenchman took overall honours in the series, despite not training as much as he would have liked. Steve Abbott was second and Michele Smith third.  

But when your work day involves leading spinning classes, perhaps you can afford to slack off on the road. 

Ameline, who runs Revolutions Indoor Cycling, said: “I managed to stay consistent enough for the four races during May to win it overall.  

“I have to admit that I do spinning almost every day, up to three hours per day, and that definitely keeps me fit.” 

He says his schedule over the past few years has been more ad hoc than serious training. And he believes his team-mates were key to his success. 

“This year, May races were timed, like the Tour de France. I lost time in the first race during the Time Trial and knew that I had to try to escape from the peloton in the road race to gain time on all other riders.  

“That is what I did during race two and gained a four minutes lead. After that I just had to defend my title of race leader during races three and four. 

“My good friends and training buddies “Pilot”, “Vico” and “Laurent” helped me by forming a team, and so they did their best to protect me as a leader and spent their energy for my benefit when required.” 

The next challenge for Ameline will be the Le Mans 24 hour race in France in August. 

He will team up with helicopter pilot Jerome Begot to compete, which challenges riders to see how far they can cycle in a 24-hour period. It is on the famous track, home to the world’s oldest sports car race. 

Ameline added: “We took part of the event in 2009 and 2010, we took a two-year break but are ready to represent the colours of Cayman very highly.  

“We did 924 kilometres in 2010 during those 24 hours and we’re hoping to do a few more this year.”  

Growing up in France, Ameline has cycling in his blood. He gets his passion for the sport from his father and has been racing since he was 11. 

He felt the cycling scene was dormant when he arrived on the Island but riders like Steve Evans, Gary Clarke and Mario Sanchez have revived the sport. Now it is a nice blend of experienced riders like Perry Merren and Chris Sutton with women like Risa Golberg, Katrina Stewart and 
Ceretta Harvey and youngsters like Darren Kelly and Josh Weaver attracting the next generation.  

Cycling association president Craig Merren and vice-president Barry Jones are doing a fine job in generating interest.  

“The cycling community is growing quickly in Cayman, the Sunday group ride gets up to 40 compared to just a few five years ago,” Amerline said. “And a few of those cyclists train at Revolutions Indoor Cycling.” 

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Jerome Ameline leads in the Subway series which he won. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Josh Weaver is inspired by dad Chris.

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Barry Jones is maintaining interest.

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Perry Merren is a former Olympian.

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Steve Evans helped revive cycling here.
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