Time trial helps limber up for duathlon challenge

Cycling’s busy schedule continues with a 28-mile time trial on Sunday.

It goes from the Bodden Town police station, left into Frank Sound, through North Side onto the Queen’s Highway, through East End and back to the police station.

It will be excellent preparation for the run-bike-run Genesis Trust Duathlon on April 27 from Hurley’s.

The top time trial riders in Cayman are Michele “Mitch” Smith, Steve Abbott and Jerome Ameline, and if all turn out it will be another tight race.

Pablo Lopez Ramos is fast improving, and he could be in the mix too. Ramos attributes his progress partly to training with the Daybreakers group that rides at 4:30 a.m. from the Rubis gas station in Savannah every weekday for around 90 minutes.

Smith, 44, is in supreme form and looking forward to competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in July in the road race and individual time trial events.

Craig Merren, president of the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, said, “Hopefully there will be a good turnout for this one as it is the last one before the duathlon. This is the fifth race since the season started in March, but we’re only having one in April because of holidays.

“We kick back every Sunday in May with our classic series, and in June we will have three races in the championship series, a road race, individual time trial and circuit race.”

Gary Clarke, second vice president of the cycling association, wants to see more participation from casual riders and newcomers, rather than just the regular fastest riders. He is pleased that the Daybreakers group is introducing more people to the sport, such as masters rider Ray Hydes.

“Ray is new to cycling but really enjoying it,” Clarke said. “Daybreakers is helping bring new riders in, that’s important. They are consistent with their daily rides, and it is headed by Orrett “OC” Connor who believes in not leaving people behind.”

Clarke added that he hopes that the Filipino group of cyclists joins in these races soon for fun.