The ‘CLAW’ Road Bike Race April 10th
The by-pass road or as its know to the cyclists on Nevis ‘The Claw’ because it grabs you and wont let go, was the main feature for the weekends race on Saturday, starting at Oualie Beach, up the ‘CLAW’ turning at the roundabout to head back up Pump road was the course, 2 laps for all but Novices, Kids and Masters, with a fierce wind blowing on the return leg.
The lead group of riders set a steady but fierce pace from the outset, Reggie, James and Assim were away so a new winner was certain, but who would it be?? In the front was Alex Isles closely followed by Jr rider Akeem Green in his first real road race, Matt Lloyd, Greg Phillip, Winston Crooke and Jrs Jessica Amory and ‘Prince’ Leader. The big test was going to be the climb up the by-pass road which seems to last forever, Alex led the way with Akeem on his heels the rest of the pack finding their own way up, before having to battle the wind all the way back to Oualie for the turnaround.
The rest of the junior riders were making their way and gathering a head of steam as they closed up the gap on the leaders, Sasha Lloyd, Triffon Simmons, Curtis Huggins et al. the riders of the future putting on a good show today.
Alex and Akeem were on a roll, despite breaking away they were caught at the turnaround by Greg Matt and Prince, but once again dropped everyone on the ‘Claw’ Alex’s experience telling in the final moments as he outsprinted his young challenger to take the win, Akeem 2nd and Matt Lloyd in 3rd, as he improves with each race.
With Jessica having pulled out after lap one Sasha took the Jr female 1st place, with Prince coming in Jr 2nd and Triffon 3rd. Curtis Huggins was the best rider in the 12 & under category, but continued on to do the two laps, a growing talent in the making.The masters was represented by the evergreen Gordon ‘Doc’ Avery, with no one contesting him this day it was another first for him.
We would like to thank Marecia for the timing and race control, for details of all upcoming events see the events calendar.