St. John’s Antigua- Cyclists will hit the roadways once more when they compete in the Antigua & Barbuda Cycling Association (ABCA) 60-mile Circuit Race on Sunday, starting at 2 pm in Pares Village.
The event, will take the riders down unto Blackout and Pot Works Dam Road, left onto Collins Road and back onto the Pares Road. The course will be repeated for eight laps.
Named one of the favourites for the event, national cyclist Jyme Bridges Jr said the focus is on getting at least two members of his Rattlers team on the podium for the upcoming event. The young Bridges, who is fresh from a stint in Cuba, added he is not worried about his rivals.
“For right now we are just trying to get a few of the guys on the team, basically try to raise their level a little bit to try and see if we could, once again, capture three spots on the podium. So for right now, we are just working towards that before we go into strategies and all of that,” he said.
“We are not really worrying about what they are bringing to the table but more along the lines of what we are bringing to the table. So we think we have enough that the guys should be able to do just as well, so we have no worries.
“It will be a tough competition,” Bridges added. “The course itself is very tough and we already took our riders out to see what the course is like and we think it’s enough that we can handle it and take it home once again.”
Veteran cyclist Robert Marsh of Club Savoy, who had finished fourth behind three Rattlers cyclists in the previously held Matthews Auto Parts Road Race, is however confident that he can challenge for a profitable finish in the upcoming event.
“Anytime I enter a race I am always a threat in the race so it’s just what happens on the day. I don’t think anybody can just dismiss me and say that Marsh can’t place. I think I am always a threat in any race that we have so it’s just to come out and see what I can pull off. The numbers are against me but I have to come out and see what I can do,” the veteran cyclist said.
Bridges, Clint Henry and Omari King all had good results in the last event.
However, great challenges are also expected to come from Club Savoy’s Dale Richardson, Team Terminex’s Marvin Spencer, and Andre Simon and Brian Lyn of TWC.
B-Class the rivalry between also has it excitement with Ashley Rhodes, Tamiko Butler, an improving Walton Francis and Brent George as they compete for seven laps for 53 miles.
The Juniors will showcase the talent of Jaleel Canonnier, Tesheed Gordon, Jermane James, Tristan Matthew and Colin James, while the Cadets class will feature the talented Joel Phillip and Nigel Fabian.
Lindsay Duffy and Kevinia Francis will circle for five laps in the Female class.