Reggie Back on Top in the Brick Kiln Classic
It was a busy weekend of riding for the Nevis cyclists, on Saturday they took to the start line for the 3rd annual Brick kiln Classic road bike race, Sunday was a lot more casual when they travelled to St Kitts for the annual SKNDF Bikeathon, joining more than 60 riders for this fun and well supported event.
I6 riders, young and not so young and one lone female Laura Talaga visiting from St Kitts, readied themselves to contest the 3 lap 30km course ahead of them, from Brick Kiln to New River.
From the gun it was a select group who took off to make the first split in the pack, Reggie, James, Assim, Greg and Alex made up the leaders, but after two laps it was down to 3 contenders for the top spot, Reggie, James and Assim. Fresh off his first race win, young Assim was setting the tone and pace, he and James managing to get a gap on Reggie, however Reggie is not National Cycling Champion for no reason as he dug in to pull himself back to the escaping duo.
All three athletes were in contention as they came back towards the finish line, with a lot of enthusiastic support from the crowd that had gathered, Reggie took the win with a flourish, followed by James and then Assim who had to settle for 3rd on this occasion.
Laura had no other females to contend with so she took on the men, putting in a gutsy performance to take 8th overall, another of the up and coming young riders Akeem Nisbet was busy showing his improving skills as he placed 7th overall, definitely another name to watch.
Special mentions to our elder statesman ‘Doc’ Avery who once again demonstrated you are only as young as you feel, also first time racers Hudson Hoen (masters) and Trifon Simmons (junior) welcome to the battlefield. Congratulations to all the riders who participated and many thanks to Collette for the timing.
The next event on the cycling calendar is the 3rd annual ‘Major Taylor Honor Day’ taking place on the 27/28th Feb., for more details contact Reggie Douglas 664 0992