The May Classics series got under way with a 5 kilometer time trial and Jerome Ameline won as expected but he had to set a new record to do so ahead of Michele “Mitch” Smith.
Ameline won the men’s open division proving all the months of hard work was worthwhile. Before the race he said he was unhappy that the course was shorter than usual because the traditional longer distance favored him, but nevertheless he would do his best. It started and finished at the Savannah Bypass, just past the Chrissie Tomlinson roundabout.
The Frenchman was in fine form despite the wet course due to the light rain prior to start.
He equaled the course record, previously set by Steve Abbott at 6 minutes, 25 seconds. However, the cycling association president Craig Merren is about to ratify that it is a new record based on milliseconds.
Smith finished second in 6:32 and Abbott third in 6:36. Then it was newcomer Pedro Lopez Ramos (6:54) and Marius Deysel (7:12) fifth.
Defending champion in the women’s division, Risa Golberg (8:02), beat Carien Roberts-Harcombe by 18 seconds. Golberg expects tough competition this series as Roberts-Harcombe is a strong cyclist too.
The masters category was won by the ever improving David Cooke. However, he has to watch his back as Laurent Weber and Vico Testori claim their special pasta diet gives them the edge over Cooke’s yam boosters.
Josh Weaver won the junior division and his father Chris rode with him as usual.
Based on the close results of the opening event, this year’s May Classics will prove an interesting one.
The next event is Sunday’s Circuit Race at Governor’s Square. Then it’s a 58-mile road race from Clifton Hunter School in Frank Sound on May 18, and finally the Heroes Square Criterium on May 25 in central George Town.