Leroy wins 4th national cycling crown by breaking 10K record
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
After a year off from cycling, Phillippe Leroy returned with a
vengeance this season. Sunday, he sealed his fourth overall
BVI Cycling Federation crown, after breaking the 10K time trial
record by 20 seconds.
Leroy who rode last of
the 15 cyclists, demolished John Miller’s year old 15 minutes
08.29 seconds course record with a time of 14:46.51. He chopped two
minutes off his previous best. Jean-Pierre Bacle, a 10 year visitor
to the BVI who works at Island Resources Foundation, but has never
raced here, made his debut with a second placed 15:15.54 seconds
time. Darel ‘Hit Man’Christopher was third after setting the
pace in 15:44.16. The 6.2 mile course took riders from Nanny Cay
westwards to Cox Heath and return.
Leroy said he wanted to win, “But knowing that Jean-Pierre from
the United States was here and he’s in the top 10 masters, I was
worried he would beat me and I went as hard as I could,” Leroy
stated afterwards. Leroy said he was hoping to go a bit faster than
the 14:46, but there was a side wind. “Usually, there’s a steady
headwind going towards West End and it’s against you coming
back,” he pointed out. “That’s the way I like it because
there’s no side wind on some of the corners and you can go a lot
No one except Leroy knew Bacle, coming off last week’s World
Duathlon Championships in Switzerland where he was 41st in the 50-54
age group would be his main rival. “It’s fast. I’m not
accustomed to the speed bumps and road conditions. Besides, it’s
not my bike,” Bacle explained of the 6.2 mile race for which he
said he took him a longer warm up. “I’m not looking for excuses
but it’s a fast group of people. I read about the race on the
internet and decided to time my trip to coincide with the race.
There are some awesome riders here. I’ll be back in October for
the Jason Bally race. Next time, I’ll try to beat Phillippe.”
president David Thomas who was sixth described the time trial as
‘hard.’ “This time trial never ceases to surprise you,”
Thomas said. “It’s the shortest race of the season, but it’s
so hard, but it was really good. We had 15 riders today. It was
really good for me,” Thomas continued. “I beat Jim (Cullimore),
Steve (Marsh) and Tito (Clifton Forbes) today after being injured a
couple weeks ago and not really training hard this year. I really
feel good about that.”
Thomas said Leroy is in
phenomenal shape this year. Leroy says he’s happy to be the BVI
cycling champion again. “I was off from cycling for a year and I
just started again. I’m very pleased with the result.”
The next race is the Sept. 17 East End Wall, followed by the 4th
Jason Bally Memorial 100K on October 5.
Final results. Men: 1.
Phillippe Leroy, 14 minutes, 46.51 seconds. 2. Jean-Pierre Bacle,
15:15.54. 3. Darel Christopher, 15:44.16. 4. Conrad ‘Manny’
Emmanuel, 16:39.54. 5. Neil Thomas, 16:40.64. 6. David Thomas,
17:45.27. 7. Steve Marsh, 18:03.44. 8. Jim Cullimore, 18:05.27. 9.
Clifton ‘Tito’ Forbes, 19:04.29. 10. Laurens Blok, 19:10.70. 11.
Tom Merrigan, 20:18.82. 12. Joe Giacinto, 20:46.18. 13. Sam Tucker,
Women: 1. Sarah Eades, 21:11.40. 2. Tamika George, 27:50.01. Dnf.
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