THE 3RD ANNUAL ROBERT PETERS RACEThursday 3rd June 2010
The 2 stage event started with a 3 mile Individual Time Trial which took place in the village of Falmouth, Horseford Hill to the top of Shirley Heights. Jyme Bridges who won last year’s 1st stage repeat this year by bettering his time of 11:13 by clocking 10:59 to win this year’s event. Anguilla based, Godfrey Pollydore paid us a visit to compete in this year’s event placed 2nd in a time of 11:14. Robert Marsh settled for 3rd producing a time 11:34. Cosmos Richardson and Marvin Spencer were 4th and 5th respectively.
In the photo, Robert Peters, Jyme Bridges, Godfrey Pollydore and Omari King.
B-Class won by Timothy Thomas who completed the course in a time of 12:59 ahead of Andre Simon who was 2nd in a time of 13:33. Abevia McDonald was 3rd in a time of 13:37.
Dorothy Graham was the lone competitor in the female class; she completed the 3 mile course in a time of 20:04.
2nd Stage took place at 2:30 pm the same afternoon on the circuit around Pan Am base, Shell Beach area. The riders competed on a 1.5 mile circuit for 30 laps. The race stayed together with several attempts of riders trying to break free but no one was able to establish a lead, bringing the race down to an exciting sprint finish but Omari King was too much for the Caribbean renown sprinter, Godfrey Pollydore who was unable to catch the raging King to the line. King won the 40 mile sprint finish race in a time of 1:58.29.94 edging Pollydore by a spoke who settled for 2nd in a time of 1:58.29.97. Jyme Bridges had to settle for 3rd place in a time of 1:58.31 and head of Patrick Peters and Ken Jackson who was 4th and 5th respectively.
B-Class, Andre Simon had little or no competition at the Robert Peters Race Day 2nd stage. Andre easily won the 25 lap race ahead of an improving Abevia McDonald. Andre Simon won the 37 mile race in a time of 1:37.42 while Abevia and Timothy Thomas sprinted for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Dorothy Graham completed the 15 lap course in a time 1:30.37 as the lone competitor in her class.
The 2nd Annual Robert Peters Race Day trophy went to Godfrey Pollydore as the overall winner of the event. Pollydore accumulated the highest points to win the event ahead of reigning champion, Jyme Bridges who was 2nd overall while Omari King was 3rd overall.
B-Class, Timothy Thomas got the most points to win the overall B-class, he was followed by Andre Simon who placed 2nd overall and Abevia McDonald 3rd.
The Lucozade sponsored event was started in 2008 as a gesture by the distributor, Frank B. Armstrong, in recognition of one of Antigua’s greatest rider of all times, Robert Peters. Robert Peters was sponsored by Lucozade for most of his elite cycling career during the 1990's. The 1994 National Sportsman of the year was also on hand to present the prizes to the winners.
Meanwhile, a 5 men team will represent Antigua and Barbuda at the 2010 OECS Cycling Championships to be held in Grenada 6th June. The team consists of Jyme Bridges, Robert Marsh, Omari King, Cosmos Richardson, and Marvin Spencer. The riders will compete on a 71 mile cross country in the hilly terrain of Grenada. Antigua’s Jyme Bridges placed 2nd in the OECS to St. Lucia’s Sydney Charles.
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