February 14 2003
BVI Cycling Federation season opens with Chris Ghiorse setting the pace
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Chris Ghiorse separated himself from the rest of the field on the second of
15 laps in Sunday's BVI Cycling Federation 72 mile season opening race on
the Dual Carriageway, which he used as a tune up for a triathlon in Nevis
Ghiorse lapped all of the 29 riders at least once and finished 16 minutes
ahead of defending champion Phillippe Leroy, covering the in 3 hours, 18
minutes and 47 seconds. Ghiorse said he rode the first lap at a pace hoping
to encourage the guys to ride the first half of the race together but no
one seemed to be interested.
"Maybe they were intimidated. I don't know what their ideas were,"
explained Ghiorse who went across the street from the Festival Village Site
finis line and ran 13 laps (5 miles) of the A. O. Shirley Recreation
Grounds 400 meter oval as part of his triathlon training. "I decided that
maybe if I went off in front they would work together. Three guys working
together is a lot more advantageous because of the wind we had today so I
went on and rode at a pace, keeping my heart rate at 165-170 to see if they
would come back on me, but, I noticed that on every lap, I was gaining
15-20 seconds on Phillippe."
With exactly 12 days of training under his belt, Leroy was quite surprised
that Ghiorse attacked from the second lap. "He left us all alone pushing as
hard as we could," Leroy said. "Chris has been training for triathlons and
this was perfect for him and with those aerodynamic wheels, he had an
advantage. But, he would have won anyway. He's very strong."
At the other end of the spectrum was Virgin Gorda's Joe Giacinto, at 62,
the oldest rider in the field whose strategy was just to finish.
"Unfortunately, I didn't prepare myself today and it really hurt," he
noted. "Today I won my race, I finished and that's all I'm after, just to
get across the line that's all. I keep telling the guys somebody has to be
last and I got that position all locked up already and they don't have to
Then there was Roger Murray, in his first race on Tortola. He said he needs
discipline, practice and preparation for a race of this magnitude in which
he covered the full 48 miles required in the Mountain Bike division. "I was
somewhat prepared. I've only been riding for two weeks now," Murray decked
in a colorful outfit said. "This is a big accomplishment. At least I
started and finished. That was my aim."
Federation president David Thomas was happy with the 29 participants who
entered the race. "I was really encouraged by the five youths that came
out, rode and finish the course," Thomas said. "Right now, Ghiorse is
obviously in a class by himself, but for Leroy who has only been training
for 12 days, he rode very well. I thought it was a really good day and
everybody had a good time." Both Thomas and Ghiorse commended the Police
and motoring public for their good work.
Final results, Road Bikes: (15 laps). 1. Chris Ghiorse, 3 hours, 18 minutes
and 47 seconds. 2. Phillippe Leroy, 3:35.14. 3. Conrad Emmanuel, 3:40.47.
4. (12 laps), Peter LeBlanc, 3:10.00. 5. (10 laps), Steve Emmanuel,
2:40.13. 6. (8 laps) David Thomas, 2:15.06. 7. (5 laps).1. Ray Wearmouth,
1:13.50. Dnf. Neil Thomas. Jaron Maduro.
Mountain Bikes: (10 laps) 1. Anthony Walters, 2:38.29. 2. Steve Marsh,
2:40.13. 3. Ruben Mongo, 2:53.18. 4. Jim Cullimore, 2:54.20. 5. Charles
Peaker, 3:00.47. 6. Roger Murray, 3:36.16. 7. (9 laps) Joe Giacinto,
3:25.14. 8. (7 laps). Laurens Blok, 1:46.45. 9. (7 laps). Anghel George,
Fun/Novice: 1. Glenroy Forbes, 1:27.16. 2. Sam Tucker, 1:30.47. 3. Mark
McKenzie, 1:30.54. 4. Tom Merrigan, 1:13.13. 5. Rick Connell, 34.26. 6.
Jacqueline Wilson, 1:48.42. Youth: (4 laps). 1. Darel Christopher Jr.,
1:27.42. 2. Lee Richardson, 1:27.47. 3. Nevin Sylvester, 1:46.59. 4. Khepia
Sylvester, 1:48.36. 5. Olympia Fahie, 1:51.37
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