Batabano race is favored as riders have to swerve Cost-U-Less

The cycling community turned up on Lime Tree Bay, beside Governors Square, for the annual Cost-U-Less race, but had to find an alternative route because there was a cancer fundraising walk/run organized along West Bay Road. 

Cycling association president Craig Merren decided on Sunday, Oct. 4, to re-route the race along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and created a new event, the 2.3 mile Batabano Circuit Race. 

The riders quickly adapted and it was won by Jerome Ameline in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds. Michele “Mitch” Smith (1:02:27) was second and Steven Abbott (1:02:28) third. 

Rachel Gooden was the only female of the 22 finishers. She finished 13th. 

Triathlon specialist Ben Creasey (1:02:37) used this event for practice for the Cayman Islands Triathlon on Nov. 1 and finished ninth. 

Father and son duo Chris and Josh Weaver also entered. 

Fears that the different route would not be popular were quickly dispelled for Merren. “Everybody loved it,” he said. “There was less traffic, the roads are wider and it was a much easier flow with the cars.” 

The only drawback, Merren said, was the number of roundabouts the riders had to negotiate, but as they were adequately supervised by marshals, it was never a problem. 

“We intend to make the Batabano Circuit Race a permanent fixture in our calendar now and I hope it also promotes that portion of the new road layout,” Merren said. 

This was the last race of the year and he added that next year he wants to introduce more races to entice youngsters. 

The Batabano Circuit Race
The Batabano Circuit Race was well attended. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Craig Merren

Craig Merren