Cycling News Updates
April/May has proved to be a be a very productive time for the members of TNCTC, on the 22nd of April a new event was launched in St Kitts as part of the Sandy Point ‘Black San Bang-a-lang’ celebrations, a group of young community minded people hosted the inaugural ‘S.P.I.R.I.T bike-a-thon & Round St Kitts Road Race’ an event that was open to all and any bike enthusiasts.
Veteran campaigners Reggie, James, Greg, Paula Price and Jaime Holmes were joined by a number of junior riders, Assim Chapman, Triffon Simmons, Ishawn Jeffers, Shaun Brear and Sasha Lloyd, cadet rider Kurtis Huggins (12) and mighty mite Andrea Berridge-Phillips(9) plus a couple of newcomers to the racing scene, Melford Bass and Kenneth Dore who were racing in the mountain bike category.
About 40 riders gathered at the starting line just outside Sandy point, but the whole event was dominated by the Nevis contingent with Andrea, Sasha, James, Greg, Paula, Assim, Kurtis, Jaime, Bass and Reggie all taking first in their respective age categories with Reggie taking 1st overall as well, a good day for TNCTC.
Further afield Kathryn Bertine was wrestling with her own problems as she got ready to represent SKN at the Pan Am Championships in Columbia, having discovered that the TT bike she had used at Worlds in October had since been ruled illegal for 2011 by governing body the UCI. Fortunately she was rescued by new sponsor UNOVELO a Canadian bike manufacturer that saw the potential of securing a relationship with the SKN Federation and supplied Kathryn with a new frame, that was shipped to her courtesy of the other new sponsor DHL. This new frame enabled Kathryn to score her best TT result to date for St Kitts & Nevis at a major event, covering the challenging 20.1 Km course in 28.45 (avg 41.94km/hr or 26.06 mph) to place her 12th overall, unfortunately (and that’s bike racing) she got a flat early in the road race and spent the rest of the race chasing back the lead groups.