Smith too fast again

Cayman’s fastest cyclists vied for bragging rights once more on Sunday, in a circuit race, and there was no surprise over the winner.  

Twenty-one laps were completed with race favorite Mitch Smith winning in 1 hour 10 minutes 56.4 seconds ahead of Marius Deysel (1:10:57.11), Dennis Brooks (1:10:57.12) and Pedro Lopez Ramos (1:10.57.6). Smith’s early season form puts him way ahead of the rest in the points standings.  

The circuit was a 1.5 mile loop starting at Governor’s Square. It went along the bypass up to Public Beach roundabout and back down the West Bay Road to the start-finish point.  

Risa Golberg (1:12:18) won the women’s race ahead of Katrina Stewart (1:15:17) and David Cooke (1:11:00) took the masters title.  

Twelve-year-old junior Josh Weaver rode with dad Chris as usual. They completed 15 laps in 1:12:13.  

At selected times during the race, ‘prims’ were on offer. Prims are spontaneous one lap sprints signalled by a bell to alert riders they are coming and winners are rewarded with a small cash or gift prize from spectators or sponsors.  

Craig Merren, president of the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, said, “Today went pretty well. We had 14 starters which included an open, masters, women’s and junior divisions. It was really exciting. We had prims which we haven’t had in a long time.  

“We want to thank The Rack for part sponsoring today’s race and also Chocolate Creations. 

“Risa rode a great race and Dennis won the masters and my little friend Josh Weaver was there again. He comes out to almost all these races.” 

Ramos won chocolates from a prim on lap 6 and $10 cash from Daybreakers on lap 15.  

Smith grabbed $10 prim prizes on laps 11 and 17, the first donated by Craig Merren and the second by Denvil Clarke and he also received a gift certificate from The Rack.  

Josh Weaver and Stewart received $10 prizes and Golberg received $15.  

So far this year there have been four races. In addition to each race carrying it’s own category winners, all races held in 2014 will also be assigned points and the accumulated points will produce further winners. 

The next event is individual time trials on Apr. 13, two weeks before the Genesis Duathlon. The time trial route will be decided soon.  

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Mitch Smith has started the year impressively. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD