Ameline's in shape to ride high

There is a 48-mile road race for cycling enthusiasts this Sunday and Jerome Ameline is confident he can win it after returning from two weeks training in France.

The race goes from Hurley’s roundabout to East End, Queen’s Highway, North Side, Frank Sound and back to the Hurley’s/South Sound roundabout, starting at 7 a.m.

Ameline is the 2015 Individual Time Trial champion and he will have stiff opposition from road race champion Pedro Lopez Ramos, Michele “Mitch” Smith, Steve Abbott and Michael Testori who was a top rider in Cayman until going to the UK to study a couple of years ago. Testori is here for two months and feels confident.

“The winner, I think, is out of us five,” said Ameline. “It could finish with a sprint but somebody could possibly escape earlier in the race.” Ameline added that he doesn’t expect Abbott to be too much of a threat because he will have just returned from a vacation the night before.

The cycling scene is enjoying a resurgence at present with more women and junior participating as part of the cycling association’s policy of appealing to more categories under president Craig Merren.