Subway Cycling Classics Race #3 Cost-u-Less Circuit Race

Smith Chalks one up in the Win column

For the second week running Barry Jones jumped out of the pack early to try and initiate a break, continuing his aggressive style of riding for the series so far. We had seen this before. De-ja-vu!

This time around however, Jones’ move was short lived as Steve Abbott quickly countered and, with no one following in tow, he set about gaining time on the peloton.  And for the second race in succession Michele Smith, who was only 26 seconds out of the lead after the opening time trial, now laying in 4th place with a similar time difference to the third place slot, showed no interest in going on the offensive; content to let others make the running which has become his now too familiar signature style.

With Smith disinterested, Jones who is 2nd overall in the General Classification (GC) did not try to pursue Abbott, content in allowing the lone rider some freedom ahead of the bunch. This was a calculated move despite the fact that Abbott was in 3rd place in the GC, only seventeen second behind him.

“When Abbott came past me with no one in tow I didn’t panic and quickly assessed the situation. I decided that it would be better for me to go back the protection of the peloton. The pressure was off for me because I had won the week before. Furthermore the back side of the course was very windy and it would be hard to stay away especially with the likes Ameline and mainly Smith, who both had aspiration of a race win. Also the fact that Smith, who was 42 seconds out of 2nd place, was with me it meant that I would finish the day in no worse than 3rd position should Abbott stay away and accumulate enough points to take 2nd place,” said Jones.

Given room to ride Abbott quickly built up a 30 second lead, but with the peloton riding at a consistently high pace for the first three laps the pressure took its toll on lesser riders, including Steve Clements who lay in 5th place overall in the series, spitting them out the back with the passing of every lap, his lead was never extended further than that.

For the next 11 laps of the 1.4 mile course, the chaser who were now six strong, kept Abbott on a short leash and within sight, seemingly using him as the carrot for their chase while hanging him out to dry.

Unable to sustain his effort and with Ameline and Smith and Olivier Beauvais, visiting from Canada, driving the pace behind Abbott was eventually brought to heal.

For his efforts Abbott had taken two primes, a total of ten bonus seconds, reducing his deficit Jones and second place by eight seconds, as he too was able to accumulate some of the lesser bonuses. Ameline who was three minutes 57 seconds ahead of Abbott was not threatened by the move despite losing a handful of seconds.

The biggest looser to that point was Smith, who not only had conceded 4 sec but pushed himself further away from the 3rd, and final, overall podium position.

Smith has ridden the Subway Cycling Classics like a man disinterested in digging himself out of the lesser positions and more content with letting the likes of Abbott, Jones and Ameline make the running while he battled for minor bonuses here and there.

The catch of Abbott meant that relentless pace eased a little. This allowed Smith, Jones to take back some of the earlier lost time by taking the five and 3 seconds bonus respectively. Beauvais who rode a strong race with the lead chase group took the final bonus seconds on offer in the third and final prime as Ameline and Abbott, who was probably tired from his efforts, was unable to contest the sprint.

When the bell sounded signaling 3 laps to go after an hour of high speed racing, all of the major players including the top three in the series Ameline, Jones and Abbott in that order, were still in contention for the win and Jones was looking comfortable to repeat for the second week running. Smith, who is as dominant in the Circuit races/Criteriums as Abbott is in the time trials, had other ideas however. Holding 3rd wheel going into the final corner and barring any incident this was his race to lose.

Out of the corner for what was a relatively short sprint, Smith, Ameline, Jones and a conspicuous Marius Deysel, who never seems to put his nose to the business end of races except when the finish line is in sight, opened the throttles in a mad dash for the line. Smith immediately established a slight lead while Jones and Ameline battled tooth and nail for second place. Smith took the flowers by a bike length over Ameline who was able to hold off a fast charging Jones, piping him on the line for second place by mere inches.  Deysel, who could not find a way between Jones and Ameline had to be settle with fourth while Abbott closed out the top 5. Beauvais took sixth position while Brooks, whose chain slipped before the last corner, came in sixth on the day, overhauling his deficit to Steve Clements who started the day in 5th place in the series.

Ameline, Jones, Abbott and Smith all go into the final race in that order for the series with the day’s battle of attrition having effected little change between them. Clement however was not so lucky relinquishing his 5th place to Dennis Brooks who again rode a super race, having only returned to the bike like Jones, after both had taking extended sabbatical from the cycling scene. Jones in fact had taken eighteen months off which seemed to have rejuvenated him.

With Vico Testori who finished third last week, opting to pass on the day’s racing, the other men, Jerome Begot, Chris Sutton and Laurent Weber, who made up the top four last week made up the top three this week, a similar finishing order. Vico’s absence means that he is no longer in contention for a top three finish overall in the series for the category.

Risa Golberg and Derron Kelly riding mostly in the company each other for most of the morning took the honors for the third week running in their respective categories. The second and third place in the women’s category saw a reversal of finishing order from last week as Ceretta Harvey was able to distance Katrina Ebanks for second place, with Ebanks coming in third.

Josh Weaver the only other junior in that category was able to make it successfully around the course for the hour to ensure that he is still in contention for second overall when the series concludes next weekend.

Chris Sutton, who finished second on the day in the masters category, defended his second place overall in the series had this to say, “I enjoyed the race and it went pretty much as I expected with the peloton splitting into three groups within 3 laps.

The strongest riders attacked and broke up the peloton earlier than in previous years. This is mostly because everybody is racing for time rather than points or position across the line. There appears to be more desire for riders to actually race from the start in order to try and drop or put time into their competitors. This in turn generates more attacks and the formation of allegiances between riders on the road who want to stay in the race by working in a group. It’s also interesting to see that the spirit of competition come to the fore causing frustration and cross words when certain riders in a chase group don’t take their turn on the front, just being happy to be pulled to the finish line. The slower riders are also motivated to keep up the pace in order not to be disqualified by being lapped by the leading riders.

And so it appeared that there were primarily three groups on the road – the elite and series competitors, strong riders and the masters and the other riders who were riding for the challenge of competition. The new road configuration at the public beach made the circuit a lot safer albeit slightly shorter but as the race was based on an hour plus 3 circuits all competitors found it exhausting but enjoyable.”

The Subway Cycling Classic Series continues this Sunday with the fourth and final race in the series, a criterium around George Town which should be an exciting and fast paced affair.

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Subway Classic Cycling Series Race#2 – 57 Mile Road Race

Barry Bags’ BIG win with Bold Break

The second race in the Subway Classic Cycle Series took competitors over a 57 mile, challenging course (38 for women & juniors); three times around what is known as the eastern loop. The race got on the way with a short neutral section between Morritts Tortuga and the official race start at the Reef Resort alongside Subway, who are the sole sponsors of the series.

It was there that Barry Jones, in his typical ‘race from the gun’ style, upset the whole Subway Classic Cycling Series apple cart, with what can only be described as an audacious move; the kind not seen in local races in recent memory.

Languishing in 9th place, some 4:30min behind race leader Steve Abbott, Jones jumped out of the pack in an all or nothing move hoping to draw the sting of the favorites and cut the lesser riders who always seem to get to the finish with the leaders.

Riding with pure ‘panache’ he quickly built up a lead over the main pack as he scurried over the main climb on the eastern end of the Queen Highway. He was soon joined by 6th place rider, Dennis Brooks, who he waited for to ‘latch on’ after a mile long chase, and the two headed towards Old Man Bay with Brian Chin Yee and Brent Cunha in hot pursuit. Brooks, who came into the stage in a time 1min and 36sec better than Jones, added some additional firepower to the break as they tried to keep away from the chasing duo. For the next four mile Cunha and Chin Yee had the leading pair in sight, with the main pack riding leisurely some ways behind. Such was the pace behind that one could be forgiven for mistaking their pedestrian effort for a typical long training ride.

Jerome Ameline, not content to hang around, and sensing an opportunity to take back time slipped off the front of the peloton and again neither Abbott nor Michele Smith, who came into the day in first and second place, seemed interested in lifting the tempo too early, hoping that the move would fail.

Up ahead, the leading pair decided to ease of the throttle and recover a bit, allowing Chin Yee and Cunha to make the catch just after the Queen’s monument. A leading group of four would reduce the workload and be more effective; the idea behind the move.

Further back Ameline, a strong time trialist who only lay in 3rd place less than a minute behind Abbott, must have been surprised at the freedom afforded him, upped the pace and quickly set about chasing down to the leading four, eventually making the catch close to Botanic Park.

With no time checks on offer early on, the five went about solidifying their lead, however at the 10 mile mark the wheels literally and figuratively began to fall off. Cunha was the first to encounter difficulties when he started experiencing equipment failure ending any chances he had of a good result. As if that was not enough to dampen his spirits, an eventual flat tire was thrown in for good measure and he eventually limped across the line in 12th position, 31min 11sec behind the day’s eventual winner. Chin Yee for the most part just decided not to persist with the move as his fitness level was not there and eventually recorded a DNF.

This allowed Brooks and Ameline, who were on the front at the time, to open a gap on Jones who was unaware of what was going on. Sensing the potential danger to come, Jones reacted quickly and summoned a mighty sprint over to the leading duo, catching them just before the Frank Sound Junction and using up a lot of energy in the process.

Ameline, the strongest of the three and over 2min 08sec and 3min 30sec on Brooks and Jones respectively, and also only 1min out of the lead, had the responsibility to do the brunt of the work however and drove the group along with Brooks who assisted by taking his fair share of pulls on the front allowing Jones to recover.

For his efforts Jerome was rewarded with the maximum bonus seconds on offer at the three primes along the 57mile course. “It was a gentlemen’s agreement” said Jones. “He needed to take back as much time possible and we needed his time trialing ability to help us stay away. It was a partnership of convenience.

After only a single lap the trio had a 2min 30min lead on the peloton and with Ameline putting in some great pulls the leading trio entered the final lap with a 2 minute advantage over the rest of the pack.

As if almost by design the order across the second bonus sprint was a replica of the first with Ameline ahead of Jones and Brooks.

Behind the chasing group was reduced to approximately 20 riders by the efforts of Abbott and Smith, still holding out hope that the break would eventually fail. They however were seeing any chance of winning the race and more importantly the classics title disappear just like a mirage in the scorching morning heat which, took a toll on a lot of riders.

The next lap and a half went much the way of the 1st and it began to sink in that, not only could the break succeed, but that the series leader could change hands to any one of the riders in the break  with Ameline the best positioned to do so.

This prompted a more concerted effort from the chase group with Smith and Abbott left to do all the work.

The leaders, working well together reached, the 10 miles to go mark still with a healthy lead. This however signaled the end of the road for Brooks who was suffering with illness since mid week. Having done a brilliant day’s work he became unstuck like a tubular tire in the morning heat and had to let Ameline and Jones go on without him. The two were left to go off in search of the finish line, both with slightly differing ambitions while Brooks dangled between them and the chasers.

With about 6 miles to go the duo was given a time gap of 1min and 8 sec to the chaser and it appeared that the chasers had broken the back of the move and that effort would be closed down before the finish line, as Ameline, who had put in a herculean effort, was starting to falter under the load.

Jones, whose contribution on the front was just enough to give some respite, could not sustain the same efforts produced by Ameline. He however encouraged him to forge on as he knew the others would start playing cat and mouse games behind allowing them a longer lease on life. The two went through the final sprint in the same order as they had done all day.

With fluid replenishment provided by race director and CICA President Craig Merren, encouragement and a showering from Jones to cool him off in the sweltering heat, Ameline dug deep and with Jones giving some assistance for measure while not trying to slow Ameline’s charge, the two made it to the last kilometer with the chasing bunch well out of site.

Further back Brooks had been caught by the battered and broken peloton, who were still trying to get on terms with the day’s racing. When the chasing group went through East End for the final time, Abbott took advantage of the undulating road and a strong head wind to attack, taking a small group of riders including Smith, Deysel and Steve Clements and Dennis Brooks, forming a smaller chase group. Of this group Smith was able collect the final 1sec sprint prime on offer with only a few more seconds on offer for the 3rd place finisher on the day.

A second group of approximately 12 riders contained all four of the lead riders competing in the masters category – Chris Sutton, Vico Testori, Jerome (Pilot) Begot and Laurent (Watchman) Weber. Sutton was immediately at a disadvantage because the other three masters had combined with Jerome (Revolution) Ameline to form the European speaking team of ‘Rapha’. David Cooke, who went off course in the time trial and only riding for single day honors, encouraged the chase group to work together to avoid losing too much time to the leading groups.

At the head of the proceeding Jones, who initiated the break, came around Ameline for the win and bonus 10sec on offer on the line, with Ameline’s reward for his efforts a fine 2nd place finish and a further 5 bonus seconds, but more importantly the series lead, a position he should be able to hold on to barring misfortune, as the series heads into the final two races. He now leads Jones, who rocketed up the overall standings in the series to 2nd place, by 3min 40sec; a seemingly insurmountable lead. With a good day work both men had achieved what they set out to do however based on the days racing there may be a lot more twists and turns before the series ends.

The day’s winner had this to say, “This was a special win for me as I have tried many times, in similar fashion, only to see my efforts scuppered sometimes with the finish line in sight. The closest I came before this was a blose 2nd place in the National Road Race back in 2011. I had planned to go from the start hoping that Jerome, in typical fashion, would be the one to chase me down because he lay in third place in the standings and would have aspirations of the overall win. And when he rode up to the lead group my plan was falling into place and I set about crafting the win. Orchestrating affairs as I had an astute sense and clarity about what had to be done. I now go into the final 2 stages needing to ride sensibly as I only have seventeen seconds on Steve and a bit more Mitch, but my ride today gives me confidence for the races ahead.

The third place honors, and final bonus seconds went to Steve Clements who was able to steal a march on the bunch into the run-in while all the other contenders watched each other. In the end he was able to put two minutes into them.

Having recuperated a bit Dennis Brooks tenacity allowed him to also break from the bunch and put 41sec into them to cap off a great day’s effort. Abbott crossed the line fifth with an exhausted Smith in 6th, both ruing the missed opportunity to defend their respective positions from the previous stage.

Former race Leader Steve Abbott had this to say about the day’s interesting events, “With the race lead riding away in the distance the peloton started picking up the pace, quickly quashing an attempt from Johan Heath and Steve Clements to break from the front. We continued to move at a steady pace before Pedro Gomez and Gaby clipped handle bars causing Pedro to dart dramatically off to the left and Gaby to also stop, both fortunately avoiding any serious damage to man or machine.  We slowed in order to allow the two to rejoin, but despite the gamesmanship of the peloton, the break was moving away at an increasing rate, so the chase was back on before the two unlucky riders made it back.

The peloton again started moving at a steady pace, but this was not enough to reel in the escapees, and I hit the front and put the hammer, causing a split in the group and only three riders (Mitch, Steve Clements and Marius Deysel) able to match his pace.  Seeing this split we continued at the increased pace and with Mitch and I working together the group pulled away from the peloton, maintaining a good pace in pursuit of the initial breakaway, mopping up riders who could not keep the pace with the leading break, leaving only Jerome Ameline and Barry Jones one minute in front.

However, as we hit the head wind, turns on the front started getting shorter until around Lovers Wall (10km to the finish) Mitch and I, both contenders for the May Classics jersey, decided that if both would not share the chase, no-one would.  With that Steve Clements continued a steady pace, riding alone for the last part of the race, coming in 3rd, a whopping 2:30 back from the leading pair.

Ameline, the new race leader had this to say, “The ‘Subway” 2013 Cayman Classic’ this year is on another format, time and not points.

Abbott was leading after the 1st race and I thought it was already over even if we had 3 races to go. I was 53 seconds behind and it would have take only an escape in the road race to catch up so much time. So, that is what I did last Sunday, and to my surprise it worked better than I hoped for. Three of us escaped (Barry Jones, Dennis Brook and myself) and we quickly understood that we had to work together if we all wanted to gain something. I was interested on time so I took all the sprint time bonuses while Barry focused on the race win. I would have welcomed the race win, but rather concentrated on the overall leader competition. I won the 2012 Cayman Classic edition and knowing personally the 2013 “Subway” sponsor owners, I want to do my best to keep the title for this year. I am now the leader and I am going to work hard to defend it.”

 

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Subway Eat Fresh Classic Cycling Series

Abbott Eats up the competition in

Subway Eat Fresh Classic Cycling Series  Opener

On the Cayman Islands Cycling Association calendar May means the Classics – races every Sunday for a month. This season sees a revised competition which is intended to make the series very exciting with a format adopted from stage races like the Tour De France.

The racing kicked off on May 5th with a 10 mile Individual test against the clock, or race of truth, as it is commonly know in cycling parlance.

In the end the truth was that Steve Abbott extended his unbeaten streak in this discipline of bicycle racing.

Abbott blitzed the new course, over a distance three times longer than previous years, in a time of 20min and 54sec at an average speed of 28.7 mph.

While dominant, this was not Abbott’s usually crushing display, even though he bested this challenging course in a time over a minute faster than the recent flat Race to the Rum course, as he was only able to beat Michele (Mitch) Smith, who also finished second in the Race to the Rum, by 26 sec in a finish time of 21min 22secs.  Smith in recent times has conceded, on average, roughly a minute to Abbott over time trials over this distance.

In fact the top three was a repeat of the Race to the Rum with Jerome Ameline stopping the clock a further 27 seconds behind Smith in a time of 21min 49 sec. Ameline too has closed the gap, not so much on Smith but significantly on Abbott and with the top three separated by 53sec will make for interesting racing in the 57 mile road race tomorrow.

In a interesting turn of events the top 10 in the open category are all within 5 minutes of each other with positions 3 to 10 separated by a mere 2 minutes, which even though they may not make up time on the top three, means that the race for 4th place should be hotly contested with the experience of Dennis Brook and Barry Jones in the mix and new comers Brent Cunha, Pedro Lopez and the consistent Steve Clement who are showing good form.

The master’s category is also a close affair with the top four led by Laurent Weber, who finished in a time of 23min 11sec –good enough for 4th overall on the day, only separated by 1min 33sec.

The contenders for that crown is Jerome Begot who finished just off the pace 4 sec back in a time of 23min 14sec which was also good enough for 5th overall on the day. Chris Sutton in a time of 23min 50sec and Vico Testori 24min 44sec rounded out the list of contenders with Rick Bengle in 29min 02sec rounding out the top 5.

In the ladies category, the youthful Risa Golberg bested her younger, inexperienced competitors in a time of 25min 20sec. It was a typical display by Golberg who finish 13 overall on the day out of the 34 participants even besting quite a lot of the men with her performance.

The ever green cailín from the Emerald Isles, Celine Macken, who has seen her share of competition over the years finished 2nd in a time of 27min 50 sec. with Katrina Stewart rounding out the top three with a time of 31min 28 sec.

In what is becoming a norm for the cycling season this year CICA was happy to see another new female racer, Bonnie Hurlston, on the circuit. She finished in 5th place just behind a slightly more experienced Ceretta Harvey only in her second event. Ceretta rode her first event, the Lover’s Wall 5 mile TT, earlier in the season.

Golberg, the current top woman bike racer, looks to have a lock on the series after race 1 but of course in cycling this is not a given.

Two juniors also competed on the day with last year’s series winner Derron Kelly, who is much older than the tenacious Josh Weaver, his rival in this category.

Kelly put in a respectable time of 26min 24sec, good enough for 17th on the day, a full 11.5min ahead of Weaver. “While not in contention for the win we hope that he, with the assistance of his dad Chris, is able to complete the shorted course for the juniors and in fact the whole series as he shows immense potential for the future.” said CICA VP Barry Jones who is the man behind the revamped series and races this year which by all accounts will be very exciting.

CICA President, Craig Merren, thanked all those who participated and was quick to acknowledged Subway who has come on as the sole sponsor for the event.

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Subway Cycling Classic 2013

Subway Cycling Classic bringing 4 races to the Cayman pavement in May 2013

                     Race Schedule

Sunday May 5 - Subway Classic Race #1

10-Mile Indv TT

Start: Breakers | Finish: Subway Reef Resort

Route: Breakers, East End to Subway Reef Resort

 

Sunday May 12 - Subway Cycling Classic Race #2

57-Mile Road Race

Start: Subway Reef Resort | Finish: Subway Reef Resort

Route: 3 x Queens loop (anti-clock wise)

(Note: Open Class 3 laps / Women & Jr’s 2 laps)

 

Sunday May 19 - Subway Cycling Classic – Race #3

Circuit Race 1hr 15min + 3 laps

Start/Finish: Cost U Less | Route: New By-Pass road, Coutts House, 7-Beach Rd

 

Sunday May 26 – Subway Cycling Classic – Race #4

Subway GT Criterium 40min+ 3laps

(Down Town route to be announced at a later date) 

More updates will be posted soon.

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Guavaberry Marketing Cayman100 Bike Challenge

On Sunday April 14th 2013, the Guavaberry Marketing and the Cayman Islands Cycling Association present the annual century Bike Challenge. This social endurance bike challenge is intended to increase the camaraderie and share the spirit of endurance cycling in the Cayman Islands. With an average speed of 16mph, this century ride is not intended to be a race but rather, a fun event for Cyclists at all levels to participate in.  The ride will begin and finish at the Ristorante Pappagallo in West Bay at 5:30am sharp and all cyclists will remain together until arrival in North Side (at 45 miles).  Experienced cyclists will accompany the group to ensure that no one is left behind.  Cyclist can either register to do 100km, 75miles, 85miles or 100 miles. The ride will be supported by Guavaberry Marketing with aide stations (water/food stops) at the Frank Sound Junction x 2 (for 100km, 75miles, 85miles & 100miles), Rum Pointe (for 75miles, 85miles & 100miles) and South Sound boat ramp (for 100km,75miles, 85miles & 100miles) manned by volunteers from Meals on Wheels. Guavaberry Marketing invites you to register for the event no later than 6pm April 12th.  There will be no event day registration. This year’s the organisers have decided to use the event to put focus on a local charity, Meals on Wheels, and will be donating the profit from the event to the organisation. Sponsors for this year’s event are Guavaberry Marketing, Ristorante Pappagallo, Island Supply, Fluid, Craig Cycles, 53//11 Crankers Cycling Club, Chocolate Creations Ltd.  For more details please visit: Cayman Cycling website.  Online registration can be found at Cayman Active.

Register online to securing your cycling jersey designed especially for the 2013 endurance Bike Challenge sponsored by Guavaberry Marketing. So jump on the Internet, browse to CaymanActive and register before 7pm on Friday 12 April. If you’re out of luck and your Internet is not working then you do have a single chance at registering in person near Abacus in Camana Bay between 4.30 pm and 7pm only on Friday 12th April and only for the ride without a jersey.

If you’re worried that you will not be able to keep up then relax, an average speed of 16mph (27kmph) will be maintained and the group will remain together until arrival in North Side (at 30 miles). And if you find that you don’t think you can ride the entire distance then nobody’s forcing you to do the second loop around East End and in the end this is not a race, there is no prize for first place. This is first and foremost a social endurance event, where there’s plenty of room for everyone no matter if you’re a recreational cyclist or a serious road racing cyclist.

After the ride we all get together for leisurely relaxing time at Ristorante Pappagallo while we enjoy the included BBQ supplied by Island Supply.

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Ladies Saturday Social Ride

Calling ALL ladies cyclist

Last Saturday morning saw a small turn out of “Ladies Cyclist” organized by Ms. Katrina Stewart. They started off at the Fosters Supermarket in West Bay at 6:00 am up to Grand Harbor, back through South Sound via South Church Street, 7-Mile Beach road and back to the district of West Bay. There would be no charge associated.

“Basically, the idea is to attract more ladies to come out and be part of such a fun sport, to burn calories while supporting a healthy heart, to socialize, meeting other ladies who share an interest in the sport but maybe too intimidated to go with a fast group. It is not intended to be a race, just a nice slow pace, 15 to 17mph (like the Coffee ride but without the coffee). And last but not least, to have fun while looking awesome on the bike…”

For now, the social rides would be every other Saturday morning with the next being set on April 6. If ladies feel that they would like to ride further distance, eventually, this too can be arranged after a few short rides. Make sure to bring along your own essentials such as, pump, spare tubes, water etc.

Katrina pointed out that is catered for much slower pace than the Sunday ride; so for those more experienced ‘biker ladies’ they will have to wait until Sunday mornings to hammer it.

The C.I. Cycling Associated is fully supportive of Katrina’s idea to try and create a different pace to experience the joyful world of cycling and at the same time to meet new faces and socialize the great enjoyment that cycling can bring to their lives as well as a healthy life style that many has enjoyed for many years.” Katrina said.

President of C.I.C.A, Mr. Craig Merren, said that one of the goals for the C.I.C.A is to try and get as many novice cyclists like Katrina to start small cycling clubs. His board is very much behind this initiative to help guide and kick start such cubs for social rides or racing.

For further information or to confirm your attendance  on the next ride or share ideas to eventually make this a successful ladies cycling club please contact Ms. Katrina Stewart Islandgirl116@hotmail.com or call/text her at 927-5168. 

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2013 AGM

The Cayman Islands Cycling Association holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) within the first two months of the year. Everyone interested in Cayman Cycling is invited to attend. The 2013 AGM will be held on Tuesday 19th February between 6:00pm and 7:30pm at the Grand Pavilion Commercial Centre Conference Room (south side of the building).

The main business is for prior year CICA members to elect individuals to serve on the Committee in a number of positions including President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. This newly elected Committee will then serve as the main decision making body for all Cayman Cycling matters over the course of the year ahead.

On the agenda:
1. Approving the minutes of the 2012 AGM
2. 2012 Board Report
3. 2012 Accounts
4. Election of Officers to the Board of Directors Article 33(d). Positions are open for the following.
a. 1st Vice President
b. Secretary
c. First Director’s (three)
5. Resolutions.
6. Conducting any other business that may be properly brought before the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

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Push Across Cayman, Saturday 24 November 2012

Message from Mike McDonald, Stay-Focused

Friends,

As some of you may be aware we are holding a 5k run/jog this Saturday at Camana Bay at 6am to raise funds for Stay-Focused.  I’ve been involved with Stay-Focused since 2007 and it’s a great organization which I am proud to be a part.  The run costs CI 25 and/but all proceeds go directly to Stay-Focused.  You will receive a t-shirt and refreshments during/after the race.  You can register the morning of the race (from 5:30) so no worries.  Come out and support us and use it as a final tempo run for the CI Marathon/Half/Relay!

At 7am we invite you to join Ryan for his Push Across Cayman as he pushes his racing chair around the island (link to bike course below).  At 12/13mph with several short stops we expect this to take about 5 hours, returning to Camana Bay around 12 noon.  We expect 20+ cyclists will join Ryan along with our police escorts, Red Cross vehicle and professional videographer.  This is one of our events building up to Ryan’s Push Across America in the Spring of 2013 where Ryan will be pushing from Los Angeles to New York City.

Please check-out our website http://www.stay-focused.org/ or visit the Push Across America page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/PushUSA for more information about Ryan and Stay-Focused.

Please join us for the run (and cycle) if you can.  Please note that there will also be a Family Fun Carnival at Camana Bay from noon to 3pm on Saturday with games for the kids.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mike
326-2044

Bike Route: http://www.walkjogrun.net/routes/current_route.cfm?rid=6A1DE51F-A9E4-9C45-1C31A36016787A88&success=2

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