Oct 05, 2014 Sports Comments Off on 9th Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships – Individual Time Trials…Juniors, Anthony and Ambrose finish 6th & 14th; Juvenile Andrew Hicks 14th
By Franklin Wilson in Suriname with the compliments of Fitness Express
Guyana’s most experienced Junior rider at the Caribbean level, Michael Anthony ended
6th of 22 riders when the Individual Time Trials at this the 9th edition of the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships were contested in Paramaribo, Suriname, yesterday.
In very humid conditions, Anthony clocked 23 Minutes 14.344 Seconds; making his debut at this level, Alanzo Ambrose ended 14th in an event that saw the top five riders all clocking 22 plus minutes but it was Trinidad and Tobago’s Akil Campbell who stole the spotlight by copping the top podium spot in 22 Minutes 41.841 seconds.
Joshua Kelly of Barbados took the silver medal in 22:43.706 with the bronze going to Curacao’s Jaspar Kiburg (22:50.531). Eugene Dirksz of Aruba clocked 22:56.080 and Bermuda’s Daniel Qately, 22:57.204 underlining the closeness of the 16 km contest.
The top five riders were equipped with specialized Time Trial cycles unlike Anthony and Ambrose of Guyana.
The other Guyanese rider competing yesterday and also making his debut at this level was Berbician Andrew Hicks in the Juvenile category, he ended 15th of 22 competitors in 25 Minutes 04.984 Seconds.
Winning this category was Alban Cleck of Saint Marten in 23 Minutes 20.945 Seconds to take the gold medal from Bermuda’s Tyler Smith (23:28.658) who had to settle for silver with the bronze going to Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyler Cole (23:48.704).
The top female at this level turned out to be Curacao’s Lisa Groothuesheidkamp who completed
the 16 km course in 25 Minutes 02.338 Seconds to take the gold medal. Diana C. Ramos Santiago of Puerto Rico claimed the silver medal in 25:08.670 with Aruba’s Cherley Linden taking bronze in 26:07.039. A total of eleven (11) females competed.
Commenting on the performances of charges, Manager/Coach Mark Sonoram said that he was satisfied that the Guyanese boys performed well given the fact that the Time Trials was never a strong area for the locals.
“I think we did pretty well in the circumstances. All the riders who would have taken the top three places in the three categories contested were equipped with specialized Time Trials machines which is already a plus for them. I know that in time we would be up there in this aspect of the sport but for now we try to do our best as the boys gain experience and they see what it is like.”
Michael Anthony lost out on a medal position narrowly despite being at a disadvantage in terms of not having the right cycle like many of the other countries also but he has proven yet again that he is a quality rider.
Just a few weeks ago right in Suriname at the Bigi Bergi Race Meet (four stages), Anthony not only came out as the best Under-21 rider but placed second overall, a remarkable achievement from the Linden based rider.
The course was not a difficult one, the only challenges that the riders were faced with was the humidity and cross winds given that the course was close to the river.
Husbands in an invited comment after the race said that it was only his third time doing a Time Trials overseas and the experience was good. Hicks noted that the winds was a challenge for him but the experience overall was good. “I am looking forward to many more events of this nature in my future career”, Hicks stated.
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