Ramos wants duathlon repeat, but it won't be easy

One of the most exciting annual sporting events in Cayman is the Genesis Trust Duathlon, and this year’s staging could be one of the best ever. 

Pedro Lopez Ramos won it last year after years of dominance by Marius Acker. Since then, Ben Creasey has arrived here from Jersey and judging by recent form, the talented triathlete could oust Ramos. 

If David Lim enters, he too will be in the mix. A number of newcomers and established weekend warriors could also cause an upset, including Acker, whose competitive spirit has not diminished. 

The duathlon is on June 7 starting at 7 a.m. outside Hurley’s supermarket, Grand Harbour. 

Organized by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association and sponsored by Genesis Trust, it is a 2-mile run followed by a 12-mile cycle and then another 2-mile run.  

Ramos hopes to retain the title he trained so hard for last year, but acknowledged that he has not prepared as well this time because of work commitments.  

He sees Creasey as his biggest threat.  

“Ben is in great race shape, is at a very good cardiovascular level and has a good level in running and cycling,” Ramos said. 

“It will be much tougher. Everyone’s fitness level has increased, but unfortunately, training, for me, the past few weeks has been very minimal.” 

Ramos said he was barely able to make it to the May Classic cycle races on Sundays. “It’s going to be tough, but I will give it my best.” 

Pedro Lopez Ramos will rely on his overall fitness. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD