Riders ramping up

The cycling scene is attracting more riders with successive events as the Genesis Duathlon approaches in May.

Sunday’s Cost U Less ride in George Town went well with 37 starters, and was won by veteran Michele “Mitch” Smith ahead of newcomer Ben Creasey and third-place David Cooke.

Craig Merren, president of the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, said, “The number of starters shows that this is a popular course with little traffic interference.

“It’s easy to manage with the number of volunteers that we have. We seemed to have a few visitors from the Westin Hotel and condos that came out and watched.”

For Merren, the race highlight was how Pedro Lopez Ramos, Steve Abbott and Smith competed for victory before Smith’s extra experience and stamina pulled him ahead. Ramos finished fifth and Abbott sixth.

“This made the crowd excited, but it gave others like Cooke, Brent Cunha, Laurent Webber and Creasey an opportunity to make a move on to the field,” Merren said.

He thanked the West Bay District Police Service and CEL Beverage Center, Brasserie Market and GT Automotive for the refreshments. He also praised Cayman Timing Systems, Bobby Bodden and the cycling association board members and race director Andrew McLaughlin for their help.

The next race is a two rider time trial on April 12.

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