|Grand Bahama Cyclists Club's points series racing off to a rolling start|
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|Wednesday, 04 April 2012 08:33|
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Legs are still hurting and the streets are still blazing after record numbers turned out for the Grand Bahama Cyclists Club’s series opening event last weekend. On Saturday March 31st, the G.B.C.C. hit the streets for the first race in its G.B.C.C. Points Series. The series which runs from March to November consists of ten events and will feature at least one race per month. During the series cyclists are asked to compete for points instead of trophies. At the end of the series, the cyclists with the most accumulated points in each category are then awarded with the Points Leader’s Jersey among other gifts. And as mentioned, Saturday’s event was the most well attended season opening event ever held by the club as a total of 12 competitors, men and women, turned up to participate in Race 1 of the series.
The four man group continued on in a slight break for about a mile before noticing that the chase had been taken up by Catherine Jadot who was putting in a strong effort to bridge the gap between the chase group and the four leaders. It was at this point that the pace of the four men slowed allowing the two groups to come back together, with Ms. Jadot going through to the front and taking up the pace making. However, the turnaround at the six mile mark would prove the eventual separation point for the group as the cyclists turned into a strong headwind.
The group of cyclists stayed together for a few more miles before a small separation was created by Romeo Seymour who started to put in a huge turn at the front. He was joined by Rowshan Jones, Ken Thompson and Lebert Gibbs and the four men once again created distance between themselves and the rest of the group. The groups came together and split up a few more times before a series of small attacks by Rowshan Jones along with the strong headwinds one and a half miles before the end of the first lap broke the group completely asunder allowing Jones and Gibbs to involve themselves in a two man break away that would last for the remainder of the race.
In the end, the results were as follows:
Junior Category: Position: Time: Distance: Points:
Olufemi Williams 1st 19:35:23 3 miles 90pts
Vicki Stafford 1st 1:49:58 36 miles 100pts
Catherine Jadot 1st 1:12:38 24 miles 95pts
Mary Cole 2nd 1:22:40 24 miles 90pts
Donna Idol 3rd 1:27:20 24 miles 85pts
Michelle Hanson 1st 49:38:00 12 miles 90pts
Rowshan Jones 1st 1:47:07 36 miles 100pts
Lebert Gibbs 2nd 1:47:08 36 miles 95pts
Ken Thompson 3rd 1:49:21 36 miles 90pts
Glenward Baillou 4th 1:49:55 36 miles 85pts
Romeo Seymour 1st 1:12:44 24 miles 95pts
Michael Headberg 1st 45:14:00 12 miles 90pts
Overall it was an exciting day of racing that even manage to include an impromptu tire changing workshop officiated by Michael Headberg. The next event on the G.B.C.C. Points Series Calendar is a 12 mile Time Trial scheduled for Saturday April 28th, 2012. The 50 mile event previously schedule for Saturday April 21st has been cancelled due scheduling conflicts.
Photo 1: The event’s junior event winner, Olufemi Williams completed the 3 mile course in 19:35:23 giving him the lead in the Junior Segment of the series. The 13 year old student of Lucaya International School was able to complete the course in record time despite attaining an injury in a crash that occurred in the early stages of the race.
Photo 2: On Saturday March 31st, the G.B.C.C. hit the streets for the first race in its G.B.C.C. Points Series. The series which runs from March to November consists of ten events and will feature at least one race per month.
Photo 3: Female cyclists led the pack with Catherine Jadot (L) and Vicki Stafford (R) pushing the pace up to 22mph.
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