Smith is in Paradise after timely ride proves he is still champ

Cycling’s busy calender continued with the 10 mile time trial from Paradise Restaurant and Bar, along South Sound to Hurley’s and back on Sunday.

A total of 27 riders competed, setting off at one minute intervals on a glorious, picturesque Sunday morning with a cruise liner in the backdrop.

Veteran rider Michele “Mitch” Smith comfortably won, in 21 minutes 41.36 seconds at an average speed of 27.66 miles per hour.

Having represented Cayman at the Commonwealth Games last year, Smith, 44, can be forgiven for taking it easy this season, but he looked as competitive as ever.

Pedro Lopez Ramos (22:07:79) was second and third was Brent Cunha (23:16:02).

Daniel Cummings finished fourth, followed by David Cooke and Kevin Connolly.

Risa Golberg (26:06:57) was the fastest female, tenth overall.

This was the first race of the season so Smith leads the open class on 10 points. Cooke leads the masters class with the same score, Golberg is top of the female division and Josh Weaver is the junior leader.

Cycling seems to have found fresh appeal. Steve Abbott is back on the committee and more riders are turning up regularly, including the ever-smiling Filipinos. The Flashy Nation crew of Ramos, Kevin Connolly, DJ Evans and Kendall Ebanks all enjoyed this event. Ramos won the Genesis Duathlon last year for the first time and probably wants to defend it next month. Boxer Ebanks competes in more triathlons than before, and on Sunday he even ran for a couple of miles after his ride as part of his training.

More women are getting involved too. Rachel Gooden was second fastest female in 27:14:83 which placed her 14th overall.

There is a regular Sunday morning group ride from Hurley’s in Grand Harbour, from 7 a.m.

The next race is on March 22, the Cost U Less-Lime Tree Bay Circuit.

The cycling association gave special thanks for donations from GT Automotive, CEL Wholesale and Brasserie/Cricket Square.

There is another time trial, on Apr. 12, a week before the Genesis Trust Duathlon and then on Apr. 26 it’s the Cayman 100.

The following month is the busiest of the year with all five Sundays featuring the Dew Classics, starting with an individual 10-mile time trial on May 3 and finishing with the Heroes Square Criterium on May 31.

Mitch-Smith

Mitch Smith won the time trial comfortably.
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