5th Annual Womens Road Race - Sint Maarten
The 'Mo Trouble' cycling club of St Martin were once again the host club for this regional event, the only Women only race on the Caribbean calendar, Valerie Smithen of the Nevis Cycle Club was making her race debut at this event. The riders in attendance were from Nevis, St Martin, and Tortola who arrived looking amazing in their brand new race uniforms, and although the attendance was low this year, the race was still very exciting, especially for Nevis latest cycling recruit. The course was fixed at 6 laps around the pondfill, with the 7th and final lap taking the riders up the hill at link one to add a little extra spiceand variety to the course, before one last loop around the pond to finish. From the gun it was the three women of Tortola, Lisa Adamson, Patlian Johnson and Sally Blackmore who were in control, working very well together to test and stretch the legs and abilities of the assembled competition, so much so that the inexperienced Valerie was the 1st casualty from the steady pace set by team Tortola, being dropped by the pack on the 1st lap. However not to be discouraged Valerie showed her determination to finish despite this early blow, the lead pack of five women gradually whittled down to leave Tortola in complete domination in 1st 2nd and 3rd places which they held to the finish, with Lisa taking 1st, Patlian 2nd and Sally 3rd. Also showing some steel in her veins was Susy Piscione of SXM who soldiered on to take the 4th spot, with Valerie Smithen of Nevis finding herself in the money and medals to take the 5th position. Valerie was very excited about completing her first tounament on foreign soil and waxed lyricla about the friendliness of the other female competitors despite the tough race they rode, " I will definately be back, stronger and wiser for the next one" said a tired but very pleased Valerie.