FOOD BROKERAGE SERVICES FRIARS HILL CYCLE CHALLENGE
Wednesday 29th September 2010
Photo of Marsh and Jyme sprint finish
The Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Association hosted the Food Brokerage Services Friars Hill Cycle Challenge on Sunday 26th September.
ABACA completed their 14th and final race of 2010 Race Calendar on Sunday when they hosted Food Brokerage Services Friars Hill Cycle Challenge. 27 cyclists came on the line to start one of the association’s most challenging course, but island’s most dominant riders lead the charge as the group broken down to 5 riders. Robert Marsh, Marvin Spencer, Omari King, Jyme Bridges and Dale Richardson lead the race from the 7th lap after the race was split when Ira Fabian fell and had to abundant the race. The 5 stayed together lapping the other classes and lesser riders bringing the race down to an exciting sprint finish. But the contention came down to Jyme and Marsh where Marsh started the sprit from the bottom of Friars Hill but, Jyme stay alongside him until he made his decisive sprint to capture his 10 race on the local circuit. Bridges won the Food brokerage Services Friars hill Challenge in a time of 2:14.06 edging Robert Marsh who was 2nd in a time 2:14.07.
National Selectee, Omari King placed 3rd in a time of 2:14.16. The Grand Master, Dale Richardson continues to produce some commendable performance by placing 4th in a time of 2:14.56. Marvin Spencer produced one of his best performance of the season proving why he is selected to represent Antigua and Barbuda at the Delhi Games, but he was unfortunate when his handle broke causing him to fell in the sprint amongst the nation’s most dominate riders. Spencer finished the race on Bridges bike when Bridges when back to make sure Spencer was ok. Marvin Spencer finished 5th in a time of 2:16.51
Abevia McDonald was the better of the B-Class. The 18 year old continue to show strong improvement making this his 5th win for the season. Abevia completed his 10 lap to win in a time of 2:03.59 ahead of his teammate, Xavier Henry who was 2nd in a time of 2:04.00. Timothy Thomas had to settle for 3rd after chasing his 8th victory of the season. Thomas completed the 40 mile circuit on a time of 2:05.02.
The Female Class was easily won by Tamiko Butler. The 19 year old rode away from her lone competitor to win by over 26 minutes. Tamiko completed the 5 lap circuit in a time of 1:02.27 ahead of Dorothy Graham who was 2nd in a time of 1:29.27. Dorothy 2nd place finish concreted her at the top of the female’s point’s series.
Rory Butler won the Beginners class ahead of Daryl Matthew. Rory Butler, brother of Tamiko rode to victory, completed the 4 lap circuit in a time of 48:59. Daryll Matthew placed 2nd in a time 57:34. Tashawn St. Jean of Belmont placed 3rd in a time of 1:06.20.
The Food Brokerage Services Friars Hill Challenge brought the Cycling Association’s race calendar to an end. The Antigua Cycling Association successfully executed 14 races for the 2010 season. The season however doesn’t end until 7th of November. The local racing came to an early end to make provisions for the athletes attending the 2010 Commonwealth Games which runs from 3 – 14th October and the Caribbean Cycling Championships which will be held in Guadeloupe, 23-24th October. Serpent Snake Pit will host an event sanction By ABACA, on 31st October which will coincide with the Nation’s Independence celebrations. This event is expected to bring cycling back in the city of St. John’s and will be promoted as a family affair.
The Association will however close out the 2010 season with a grand Family Fun Ride; the popular Inet/PCS Family Fun Ride on Sunday 7th November. This attracted over 600 riders and is expected to be biggest and best fun ride ever.