Jyme Bridges Jr picked up where he left off prior to leaving for the Commonwealth Games in India last month, capturing the Cycling in the City Criterion Races put on by the Race Watchers Group on Sunday as part of the country’s 29th year of Independence celebrations.
It was the first cycling event to be held in the city in over 15 years.
“It is different because basically in the city it’s just a lot of sharp corners and short sprints but for me, I really enjoyed it because I was out for a while and coming back into the arena and winning this race was more or less a good one,” the young cyclist said following his first city race.
Bridges Jr captured the A Class division of the one-mile event ahead of local nemesis Robert Marsh, clocking 37:11.114. Marsh recorded 37:12.76 to finish ahead of Marvin Spencer who placed third in 37:12.841.
Meanwhile, Abevia McDonald (25:45.218) took top honours in the B Class ahead of Timothy Thomas (25:47.705) who placed second.
The bronze medal went to Andre Simon who finished the event in 25:47.163.
Tamiko Butler continues to dominate the Women’s Category after winning her section in a time of 26:18. Butler also won a cruise for two, courtesy Carib World Travel Agency.
Lindsay Duffy finished second in 28:19 with Keitha Mannix taking third place honours in 32:15. Dorothy Graham (33:29) finished fourth.
Action in the Open Beginners’ Class was also tight but Teshawn St John was the best on show while Kenrick Carnegie placed second and Kirk Anderson, third.
Shawn Davis received the Peoples’ Choice Award.
The event, which pedalled off at noon in front of State Insurance Corporation, took the cyclists along Redcliffe Street, unto Independence Drive, left unto High Street and left unto Temple Street before finishing back on Redcliffe Street.