Nevis cyclists kick off their season
Saturday 22nd in the afternoon saw the members of the Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club start their season with a 16km time trial, with athletes racing against the clock to assess their current state of fitness and establish an early hierarchy, This was also the beginning of the build up towards their main event of the year, The Nevis Olympic Triathlon scheduled for March 12th.
The format for the time trial is simple, the bikers are sent off at one minute intervals with the slower riders leading off and the fastest ranked rider in last position. This discipline teaches riders how to pace themselves and maintain a steady rhythm whilst monitoring their fitness levels. It is also a great way to monitor your individual progress, or lack of, as the season moves on.
Top marks of the day went to Reggie Douglas, who covered the course from Oualie to TDC and back, in 22.17 mins, outpacing 2004 champion James Weekes by 59 secs. Reggie was throwing down the gauntlet to James from the get go, and continuing the trend he set at the end of last year. James showed he is still a force to be reckoned with in spite of a lack of any regular training, but it is Reggie that is setting the standard now as far as road racing in the federation is concerned, he had a great performance in the recent Caribbean road championships in St Lucia.The Nevis Cycle Club members would like to encourage youths and athletes of the federation to join in these races, as they are designed to help improve fitness and stamina progressively. Races will be hosted every Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm, leading up to the 12th March, including the soon to start mini-triathlon series held in St Kitts each year.
To offer some encouragement to sports persons in the federation, the cycle club are sponsoring a special prize of EC$1000.00 to the top placed relay team from a club or association that enters the Nevis Olympic Triathlon. All that is required is a swimmer, a biker and a runner to make up a relay team for this event. The teams that place second and third will receive EC$500.00 and EC$250.00 respectively.
This part of the competition is open to local participants only, but will start at the same time as everyone else.