right, holds off Patlian Johnson in sprint finish
outsprints Johnson in Mother’s Day cycle race
Fahie out sprinted Patlian Johnson and Victoria Ghiorse to win Sunday’s BVI
Cycling Federation Mothers Day women-only race, it prompted federation president
David Thomas to say, “I thought the sprint in the Cable and Wireless Challenge
was really good. But this is one of the best sprints I’ve seen for the year.”
Johnson at the line to finish the course from the Festival Village Site to West
End and return in 1 hour, 10 minutes and 31 seconds. Johnson had the same time
and Ghiorse finished in 1:10.33.
Victoria and Patlian would have been on my tail, so that’s why I kept a steady
pace and it worked out well,” Fahie explained, noting that took the lead on the
way to West End because she knew the wind would be a factor coming back to Road
sprinted before and Patlian was right behind me,” Fahie noted of the close
finish. “I kept watching her wheel and Victorian kept telling me to push hard
and I just kept pushing and it led me to victory.”
she tried hard to pass Fahie. “But of course it didn’t work,” she noted. “It was
a good sprint because, usually when I’m finishing, I’m all by myself. It was
good to have somebody to sprint with. It was good competition.”
Expert division course was won by Stephanie Russ Penn. “Once you figured how to
ride through the wind, it made a big difference because when you’re on the flat,
it’s easy to accelerate and get going,” Penn said. “But it was a good morning’s
ride, my first, perhaps I’ll be back.”
Penn said she
love when women compete and they are active. “I came out to support the Cycling
Federation because I run all the time,” Penn said. “I might as well do a little
cycling in between.”
numbers were smaller than last year, Thomas said he was happy to see the 12 who
showed. “It was a real quality field that turned out some great racing
especially in the elite division.”
Elite Division: 1. Olympia Fahie, 1 hour, 10 minutes 31 seconds. 2. Patlian
Johnson, 1:10.31. 3. Victoria Ghiorse, 1:10.33. 4. Edith Steele, 1:15.24. 5.
Jackie Wilson, 1:23.06. 6. Keisha Durham, 1:31.51.
Stephanie Russ Penn, 1:08.53. 2. Arlene Francis, 1:12.53. Sport/Fun Novice: 1.
Michel Penn, 48.28. 2. Shakeila Burke, 1:04.27. 3. Marsha Frett, 1:04.28. 4.
Kathleen Dennis, 1:05.37.
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