BVI cyclists crack Caribbean Road Bike top 20
Two BVI cyclists
were among the top 20 finishers of 62 riders at the weekend Caribbean
Road Bike Championships in Curacao.
was eight overall and Andrew Young 20th in the championships, while
Jaron Maduro the other BVI cyclists was involved in a crash and
did not finish. “The BVI team did very well,” BVI Cycling Federation
President David Thomas said on Monday on the team’s return. “That’s
very good considering we were racing against 62 guys from 13 Caribbean
countries, including Jamaica, Trinidad and Bermuda. We are really
happy right now with our performance.”
Ghiorse rode like a true champion. “All the experience he has from
his road racing days came into play because, he was not as fit as
some of the other guys in the race. But, because he knows how to
race and how to think road racing, he was able to hang right in
there with them. If it wasn’t for the lack of his fitness-and it
was an uphill sprint finish-I think that he could have actually
won the race if it wasn’t for that.”
With the local
concentration on mountain biking, Thomas said a lot has been learnt
from the Curacao event. “We have a really good team in the three
guys that we took,” Thomas noted adding that they worked well together
considering the short amount of time they had to prepare.
“We learnt that when up step into an International Cycling Union
sanctioned race, you are playing with the big boys so to speak.
Our program has been quite successful for the past 10 years. We
are actually a lot better prepared than we think we are, yet we
are still novices in that road racing is something new to us. All
of the tactics and everything else that happened in that race we
were new to. Chris however knew about all that and was able to play
the game in the race.”
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