5th annual Jason Bally
Memorial 100K set for Sunday
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
than 50 regional cyclists are set to compete in Sunday’s 5th annual Jason Bally
Memorial 100K. The race begins with an 8 a.m. memorial service in Sea Cows Bay
where Bally was innocently gunned down in 1999, followed by a procession into
Road Town for the 9 a.m. start of the race at the Festival Village Site.
Registration will be held at Village Cay Marina on Friday and Saturday night.
Federation president David Thomas said cyclists from Guyana, Trinidad and
Tobago, St. Lucia, Antigua, Anguilla, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
will be competing for $5000 in prizes in the 70 mile race that will be contested
on a new course. “The good thing this year is that the race comes about two
weeks before the Caribbean Cycling Championships in St. Lucia. It’s a great warm
up for that event,” Thomas said.
this year has been altered Thomas said. He noted that from the Festival Village
Site start, the race heads to West End, out to the airport with a turnaround
that will take riders back to the Bobby’s Roundabout in Road Town. From there,
riders will head back to the airport before coming back to finish at the
Festival Village Site.
>From a survey
following last year’s race, Thomas said one of the overwhelming requests was to
send the race back over the hills twice. “The race now will become interesting
because the guys who are sprinters won’t be able to take advantage anymore and I
think it will now come down to overall fitness,” Thomas explained. “The changes
will also make it a more exciting race and hopefully, our guys should be able to
capitalize on it, seeing that the race is going over the hills twice.”
change, Thomas noted that riders will now have to think their race differently.
“In essence, they will have to go over the hills 16 times going and coming,”
Thomas said. “We have also decided to include some sprint bonus prizes in three
separate spots along the course. This will give the sprinters something to shoot
for. We are also trying to develop the race into several races into one almost
like the Tour de France where you get sprint bonus prizes. This will make it
interesting for the guys that won’t be able to win because of the climbing.”
The race will
have courses for three different classes. Road bikes will contest the full
course while mountain bikes will finish on the first downward leg from the
airport. A shorter course will also be offered where ricers will only tackle one
hill and turnaround in Fish Bay and finish at the Festival Village Site.
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