Robert Marsh is proven to be the fastest man on bike on the island at the 2010 National Time Trial Championships held Sunday 11th July.
In a race that known as the “truth” Individual Time Trial give you the true effort and speed of a rider’s individual output and Sunday’s race came about the best time of the year when all riders are well seasoned and prepared for the 2nd annual APUA PCS/Inet sponsored National Time Trial.
Robert Marsh who was the 2nd to last person to leave the gate went searching for riders who started a minute ahead of him to be the fastest man on the road. Marsh who started a minute ahead of Jyme Bridges knew he was leading at the 1st time check when he opened the minute to 1:09. At the end of his ride it was time to watch the clock and to see if Jyme closed on him. But after a minute of waiting and no Jyme Bridges, Marsh was certain that he was number one. Robert Marsh won the 20 mile race to crown the 2010 National Time Trial Champion for the 2nd consecutive year, clocking a time of 44:47, 55 seconds better than Jyme Bridges who was 2nd in a time of 45:52. Marvin Spencer did a commendable ride, the only rider to ever come this close to the island’s two most dominant rider, 11 seconds behind Jyme to place 3rd in a time of 46:04. Dale Richardson had to settle for 4th after clocking a time of 46:47 with the National Road Champion, Cosmos Richardson placing 5th in a time of 47:09.
The B-class continues to rotate their winner in what considered being one of the most competitive B class of all times. This Time Andre Simon was the best of the B-Class. The Triathlete won the 20 mile B-class in a time of 49:34 ahead of Timothy Thomas who placed 2nd in a time of 50:10. Wayne Henry came 3rd clocking a time of 51:19
Tamiko Butler make her return to the sport after missing the all the previous races. She however returns in flying colors, Ms. Butler has little or no competition after winning the class by over 2 minutes. The Triathlete won the 16 mile female race in a time of 47:48 over Lindsay Duffy who placed 2nd in a time of 50:03. Dorothy Graham had to settle for 3rd place after clocking a time of 55:09. The new female on block, Keitha Mannix made a great effort to make her debut time of 1:07.12. The 2nd Annual National Time Trial Championships is sponsored by APUA PCS and Inet and Bike Plus.
This event brought the Cycling Association to the end of the 1st half of the 2010 race season and will resume on August 15th with a 3 stage road race.
Meanwhile, the cyclist prepared to leave the island this weekend to participate in the 2010 John T Memorial Road Race in Anguilla. The John T race has been considered as the biggest one day event in the region and will be held for its 11th year. The Antiguan supported and competed in all the races so far with Marsh being victorious in one of the events, Antigua and Barbuda is set to compete in Sunday’s Race. The Antigua squad will consist of OECS Champion, Jyme Bridges, Omari King, Robert Marsh, Cosmos Richardson and Brian Lyn. Bridges, Richardson and King will be using this year’s event to prepare for their major outing, 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The CAC Games Cycling event is expected to held on the 22nd and 27th of July.