St. Maarten wins Nevis Independence Road Race
St. Maarten’s Joel Nankman is the 2007 Nevis Independence Road Race Champion - Joel Nankman destroyed the field in this past weekend's cycling race, held in Nevis, winning by a margin of two minutes. During the first five miles of the race Nankman, joined James Weekes and Reggie Douglas of team Nevis in a breakaway that endured for twenty-five miles.
For much of the time, Douglas and Weeks were content to sit on the wheel of Nankman forcing him to do the majority of the work. The teammates looked strong but were not prepared to test Nankman early; no doubt they were waiting until later in the race to attack him on the four-mile climb to the finish. Nankman however had other plans and was able to surprise both Douglas and Weekes with a blistering attack on a short incline ten miles from the finish.
Douglas in response gave it all he had and was able to close the gap to within one and a half minutes on the climb up to Gingerland toward the finish line. However despite his, and Weeks' best efforts to bring Nankman back into contact, team Nevis were unsuccessful as Nankman was able to fight back, lengthening the margin to two minutes by the time they crossed the finished line. Nankman finished with at time of 2 hours and 13 minutes, Douglas in second place with a time of 2 hours and 15 minutes and James Weeks in third place with a time of 2 hours and 21 minutes.
The annual race also included both female and junior categories. Cristina Stoney was the female champion and junior Godfrey Todd was the first junior to finish followed by Khyle Tweede.
This was the third installment of this race hosted by the Nevis Cycle & Triathlon Club. In each of the past years individuals from St. Maarten/St. Martin won.
The race is held in celebration of the Independence, in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis.