Thursday, 22 March 2012 02:30
By caribarena news
Antigua St John's - The Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Association hosted its third race event for the 2012 season - The Robert Peters Race Day - sponsored by Lucozade, a two-stage event which started at 9 am with a two-mile Individual Time Trial, Falmouth Shirley's Heights, and 2:30 pm, a 30-lap Circuit Race from the Pan Am Base in Coolidge.
Robert Marsh was the fastest man up the hill in his backyard – Shirley's Heights. The Club Savoy rider clocked a time of 11:52 ahead of Marvin Spencer of Team Terminex, who produced a time of 12:23. Club Savoy veteran cyclist, Dale Richardson, produced a third-place finish, clocking a time of 12:46.
Tamiko Butler rose above the men at the top of the island’s most popular rise. The island's top female rider produced a time of 13:15, the 5th fastest ride of the day, to win the B-Class. Rattlers Club's Walton Francis placed 2nd in a time of 13:46, ahead of Ashley Rhodes of Club Savoy, who clocked in at 13:56.
Tristian Matthew, Tesheed Gordon, and Jermane James were 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the juniors class, while Joel Phillip and Nigel Fabian was 1-2 in the Cadets Class. Lindsay Duffy was the better of the females in the female class.
30 – Laps Circuit Race – Robert Peters was proud to see a cyclist from his era dominate the afternoon race, as Neil Lloyd was the star of the day. The Rattlers Cycling Club rider spent most of his race at the front after an early break away, and kept the lead for most of the laps. The F&G Trading sponsored rider led for as much as 20 of the 30 lap race before getting caught with five more laps to go. The race came down to a group sprint with 10 riders sprinting to the line.
But Jyme Bridges had the strongest kick of the day to win the field sprint in a time of 1:56.55, edging Ken Jackson and Neil Lloyd, who was 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Tamiko Butler out-sprinted Tesheed Gordon for top honours in the B-Class, and the duet sprinted at the end of their 25-lap race with Team Terminex. Butler was the victor. Tesheed Gordon placed 2nd, with both clocking a time of 1:36.53. Ashley Rhodes, Brent George, and Ashfield Vigo were 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.
Junior Class - Jaleel Cannonier powered his way to the finish to blow away the field of junior riders. Cannonier won the 20-lap race in a time of 1:18.07, ahead of Jermane James won placed 2nd in a time of 1:18.09. Tesheed Gordon was 3rd in a time of 1:18.10. Nigel Fabian was no competition for Joel Phillip in the Cadets Class. Joel Phillips (13) easily won the 15-lap class in a time of 58:36, ahead of his cousin Nigel Fabian, who was 2nd in a time of 1:02.36.
Lindsay Duffy won the 10-lap Female Class ahead of Kevinia Francis, who was 1st and 2nd respectively. The unattached rider, Duffy, won her class in a time of 42.46 whilst Road Runner Cycling Club's Francis clocked a time of 45:18.
Neil Lloyd's early break away allowed him to collect most of the race bonus points to add to his 3rd and 11th place finish to crown the overall winner. The F&G Trading and FDICIC sponsored rider recorded is first overall victory ahead of Rattlers Club Captain Jyme Bridges, who placed 2nd with Marvin Spencer taking the 3rd position.
Butler was the B-Class overall winner, 2nd was Tesheed Gordon, with Ashley Rhodes taking the 3rd podium spot.
Antigua’s top road cyclist of all times, Robert Peters, was on hand to present the prizes to winners. The Lucozade-promoted event was put on in the name of Antigua’s cycling star of the 1990s, Robert Peters, and the Lucozade Cycling Club to recognise Robert Peters as a person for his contribution to the nation as he left his mark in the region of raising the standard of cycling in the OECS. Robert Race Day was sponsored by Lucozade and Matthew Auto Parts.
The National Time Trial Cycling Championships is the next event for the Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Association. The riders will push themselves to the limit to prove who the fastest man on wheels is. Marvin Spencer and Tamiko Butler are the reigning Time Trial National Champions, and will be defending their title on Sunday April 1 at Police Recreation Grounds, starting at 3 pm.