At the third event of the May 2015 DEW Classics, 45 competitors took part in the cycling road race around East End.
The race on Sunday began in the open/elite category with riders doing three laps from Clifton Hunter High School in Frank Sound to East End and back.
The race started with defending champion Jerome Ameline running into technical difficulties, getting a flat within the first five miles of the 58-mile race.
The top contenders – Steve Abbot, Mitch Smith, Barry Jones and Pedro Lopez Ramos – made a break shortly after Ameline’s rear flat tire.
The breakaway group also included a visiting cyclist from Boston, Sam Rosenholtz, and Ben Creasey, who is a relative newcomer to Cayman.
Despite the efforts of Ameline and a chasing group that included Cebert Wood, Stuart Bray, Kevin Connolly and DJ Evans, there was no catching the guys who got away.
Rosenholtz was very involved in the breakaway and attempted a few attacks on the group. However, he was quickly caught by the chasing bunch determined to keep him in their sights.
In the end, after a hard-fought sprint, Rosenholtz copped first place in 2 hours 21 minutes 21 seconds with Smith placing second and Jones third.
Creasey, Abbott, Ameline, Wood, Bray, Connolly and Evans completed the top 10. The women and masters race began around 15 minutes after the men’s race, and consisted of two loops, or 38 miles.
This race had eight women and eight men riding together. Despite one or two early attacks, there were no successful breakaways.
The pace picked up in the last few miles within the group, with a jostling battle going on for positioning and getting the best wheel to lead them into the finish. At around 400 meters from the finish, Rachel Gooden made her move, jumping from the pack and challenging not only the women, but also the men to the line. David Cooke, the hot favorite in the masters category, was pursued by a determined Richard Pascal, who only had first place on his mind.
Gooden was victorious in 1:54:17, with Risa Golberg not far behind, followed by Ceretta Harvey, who took third place.
Richard Pascal managed to reel in Cooke and edged him out to win in 1:54:17, with Steve Evans taking third shortly after Cooke.
Two youngsters also competed. Josh Weaver, one of the most consistent junior riders, was absent, which cleared the way for an easy victory for Antoine McLaughlin, who finished in 1:19:43. Gabriella Ebanks had to withdraw from the race after not feeling well.
Craig Merren, president of the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, thanked C.E.L Beverages for the sponsorship and support of the DEW Cycling Classics series. He also thanked all the officials and spectators who volunteered to help.