Water Company soaked in the rays for Ribbins ride

Despite drier weather, the roads along Grand Cayman’s western peninsula were again flooded as nearly 70 cyclists, including Premier Alden McLaughlin, poured out of Cayman Water Company’s Abel Castillo Water Works plant, for a 40 kilometer ride in celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary.

For the not so avid cyclists, there was also a 10km ride which joined the peloton after it had done 30km.

Riders doing the 40km ride left the plant on Peninsula Way, Governor’s Harbour, and for the most part crossed the supply route of the company heading south along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway to the Butterfield roundabout.

From there, the peloton coursed around George Town via Godfrey Nixon Way, Eastern Avenue and the West Bay Road/North Church Street intersection, which also included passing the plant, named after a former employee, for the first time on the way to West Bay.

Once the West Bay loop was completed, the pack headed south, crossing the plant for the final time, where the 10km group joined.

The leisurely pace and friendly atmosphere ensured that everyone, including the many youngsters taking part, mostly stayed together throughout the ride.

It was a fantastic celebration for all who participated and prizes were drawn at the end while the cyclists enjoyed breakfast. All participants were presented with a special goodie bag, which included a Cayman Water Company water bottle, ordered specially for the event.Cayman Water Company’s chief operating officer John Tonner, whose idea it was to put on the ride, also took part wearing a specially designed cycling kit, which was also worn by a selected few for the event.

The ride was done in honor of Cayman Water Company’s late general manager Peter Ribbins, who was an active member of the Cayman sporting community and whose birthday coincided with the company’s anniversary.

All proceeds from the event were donated to Cayman HospiceCare, which cared for Ribbins in his last days. Barb Cummings, a nurse with Cayman HospiceCare, even got on her bike for the event.

Tonner, an avid cyclist, who used to be involved with the Cayman Islands Cycling Association in its early days, said, “We were very happy to see so many turn out to celebrate 40 years of service and to honor the memory of our old friend Ribbs.”

Siobhan Ribbins, Peter’s widow, and his son Joe Ribbins also participated in the 10km section ride in his honor, and they said they were pleased to see so many out in support.

Barry Jones, one of Cayman’s top cyclists and a director of Guavaberry Marketing, the event organizer, ensured that no one was left behind. “I was glad to see so many non-cyclists taking part in this social event,” he said. “I knew Pete well and it was a pleasure to be involved in an event in his honor.

“We were able to help raise a considerable amount of money through participation and donation for Cayman HospiceCare in Pete’s name.”

Jennifer Grant-McCarthy received the funds on behalf of Cayman HospiceCare from Cayman Water Company’s Karlene Singh. Grant-McCarthy said, “This was a very special event in memory of a well respected man.

“All at Cayman HospiceCare were honored to be included in this day. The hospice relies on fundraisers and donations to keep our nursing services available, free of charge, to our patients and their families. The funds raised will go towards ensuring we can continue our work.”

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