Pedro Lopez Ramos was the proud winner of the Genesis Trust Duathlon last year, his first major victory in Cayman – and he is determined to hold onto the title when the event returns next month.
The duathlon is on April 19, and Ramos is aware that a raft of newcomers and established names will be competing for the coveted title.
It starts at 7 a.m. outside Hurley’s supermarket, Grand Harbour, and is a favorite with athletes who prefer just running and biking and are not so keen on swimming.
It consists of a 2-mile run followed by a 12-mile cycle and then another 2-mile run. Marius Acker dominated this event in recent years before Ramos broke his long sequence last year.
Ramos is in good shape. He was in the cycle time trial last week, and his next event is this Sunday’s Cost-U-Less circuit race.
Ramos feels confident he can retain his title despite distractions. “I haven’t run in weeks. However, I still have a good level of fitness to offer a good competition,” he said.
He is not sure if it will be harder to win a second time. “It depends. There will be new competitors this year, and old competitors are much stronger these days. Nevertheless, I’ll give it my all.”
Ramos expects his closest challengers to be the veteran “Acker for sure, and Jerome Ameline if he competes in the individual instead of the team division.”
David Lim, recent winner again of Off The Beaten Track, is capable of victory if he enters.
Ramos also thinks Daniel Cummings is a threat because “he has got very strong lately, and Brent Cunha, who is improving a lot on the cycling.”
Ramos added, “These guys should put on a good show.”