ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION FOR OECS CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPSFriday 13th May 2011
The Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Association announces the teams that will represent Antigua and Barbuda in the APUA Inet OECS Cycling Championships Invitational to be held in Antigua on June 5th.
As you are aware, the normal criteria requires the host country to field 2 teams, but due to the lack of participants from some OECS counties, the CCF allows us to field 3 teams. Further development took place on this decision during an Extraordinary Caribbean Cycling Federation meeting held on 6th May at Gran Hotel in Medellin, Columbia; we have decided to make the championships an invitational event. This means that countries outside the OECS member states are invited. However, the format will have to be an open overall position and the first riders of the OECS countries that crosses the finish line will be awarded the title respectively. This new development is expected to be put in effect as of the 2011 Championships in Antigua and Barbuda, but because of the late decision, it is up to the local organizing committee to make a the final decision. The final decision will be conveyed to members in subsequent correspondence.
Meanwhile, the executive of the ABACA is pleased to name the 3 teams that will represent and possibility is the most dominant team in the OECS. The Main “A” team will consist of Cuban based and Antigua’s number one ranked Cyclist, Jyme Bridges, National Time Trial Champion, Marvin Spencer, 2011 points leader, Robert Marsh, Omari King and Ken Jackson.
Antigua and Barbuda’s 2nd team will consist of The Grand Master, Dale Richardson who actually made the 1st team but opted to swap places with to Ken Jackson. The other members of the 2nd team are Cosmos Richardson, Neil Lloyd, Randy Bobby Simon and Brian Lyn.
The 3rd team 5 finalists will be decided on the OECS Test Course Race and other race before the actual OECS Championships. The 2nd unit is not set in stone; names are subject to change if any rider of this squad shows better performance than riders of the 2nd unit. The 3rd unit named seven (7) riders of which 5 will be selected. The names are as follows: Patrick Nappie Peters, Garfield Henry, Devon Norris, Chiel Lefebure, Alvin Merrick, Glenn Campbell and Xavier Henry.
The selected members are required to prepare for peak performance of the championships in June. Each club is responsible to prepare their athletes. The athletes or clubs are also free to come together to appoint a coach and train as a team; it is totally your responsibility to prepare in the best way to pride yourself in representing Antigua and Barbuda.
Again, all we are requesting is for you to sweep the podium.
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