Testoris push all to their limits

The cycling 25-mile shootout saw Michael and Vico Testori contribute to an amazingly tight race after an hour’s riding.

Starting and ending at the South Sound boat ramp via Frank Sound junction, five riders including Daniel “Sparrow” Stewart, David Cooke, Pedro Lopez, along with both Tesotoris broke away shortly after the neutral zone and quickly built up a sizable gap on the rest of the field heading into Savannah.

Michael Testori, who while studying law in the UK has been able to enjoy some fine competition, tried to force his will and soften up the group with several attacks.

He was never allowed, however, to get too far up the road under the watchful eye of Cooke and the others.

The attacks did not slow the group and they raced through Bodden Town to the turnaround at Frank Sound junction, content on staying together with the hope that riders would drop off on the return leg.

The group behind, which consisted of Katrina Stewart and Fiona Branders – two of the five women in the race – Darrel “DJ” Evans Jr. and Alton Davis, reached the turnaround about four minutes behind the leaders and, despite their inability to match the pace of the front group, were not intent on just strolling.

The four quickly became three, however, as Evans flatted at the turnaround, meaning he and his bike return to the finish line in the support vehicle.

Further back, schoolboy Josh Weaver rode along with father Chris in what has become a familiar tandem on the racing scene, showing that he still has the appetite for the sport he has embraced.

Coming back through Savannah, the war of attrition started to take its toll on Lopez, who started to cramp allowing a gap to open.

This should have signaled the end for his efforts with only six miles to go, however, the others did not take the initiative and with a little encouragement from the lead support vehicle, he rejoined the group as they pushed to finish.

That was not the end of the attacks though, as Vico Testori put in a last-gasp effort in his bid for overall glory over the rise, coming into Spotts straight.

That too came to nought, bringing the five to the finish line intact and allowing Michael to take the win uncontested in a time of 1 hour, 10 minutes.

The sprint for second was tight as Lopez fought to hold off fast charging Cooke by a matter of inches on the line with Vico Testori holding off Stewart for fourth place and first place in the masters.

Davis came in next with Branders taking the flowers for the ladies, followed closely by Mrs. Sparrow, Katrina Stewart.

Ceretta Harvey rounded out the top three for the women and Josh Weaver took the honors in the junior category.

The attacks did not slow the group and they raced through Bodden Town to the turnaround at Frank Sound junction, content on staying together with the hope that riders would drop off on the return leg.