Cyclists gear up for Pete Ribbins Ride along the western peninsula

Cyclists take part in last year's Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride.

The fourth annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride will be held on Sunday, Aug. 14.

Riders can take part in a 10km or 40km ride.

The ride, which focuses on roads along the western peninsula, traverses the supply route of the Cayman Water Company, the water utility for the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas.

It starts at the Abel Castillo Water Works plant at Peninsula Way, Governors Harbour. The 40km ride begins at 6:30 a.m. and the 10km at 7:30 a.m.

The 10km ride has been re-routed from previous years, to move north on the bypass toward Batabano Road so that younger cyclists can take advantage of the cycling lanes.

The fundraising ride is held each year in memory of Cayman Water Company’s late general manager, Pete Ribbins.

Since the event’s inauguration in 2013, through registration, donations from the company’s staff in Grand Cayman and Florida, and the matching of all proceeds by Cayman Water Company, more than $12,000 has been donated to Cayman HospiceCare, which cared for Mr. Ribbins.

John Tonner, chief operating officer of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd, Cayman Water’s parent company, and an avid cyclist, came up with the idea for the event, having worked with Mr. Ribbins many years ago.

“Any chance to ride a bicycle is fun in my book, but … what better way to start another glorious Sunday, raise money for [a] good cause, in memory of a wonderful man on this beautiful island,” said Mr. Tonner. “We are looking forward to seeing this event continue to grow and support the hard and challenging work of Cayman Hospice. Come join the celebration of good memories and positive work for the community.”

Nearly 100 cyclists, ranging in age from 8 to 75, took part in last year’s 40km and 10km rides.

There will be a post-ride breakfast and draw for giveaways generously provided by many local businesses. Kevin Morales of Let’s Talk Sports will be the MC.

Organizers are encouraging early registration. Participants can register at; at Cayman Water Company’s Regatta Office Park offices during office hours’ or at a registration stall at the Observation Tower in Camana Bay on Aug. 12 from 4-6:30 p.m. Registration can also be done on the morning of the ride. Registration costs $20 for the 40km ride, and $15 for the 10km.