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Justin Williams captures 90th Annual Cross Country Cycling Classic Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

The Cycling Federation of Belize sponsored its 90th Edition of the Annual Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic on Saturday 31st March, 2018.

Before the official start, there is a ceremonial ride through the city called a lead - out - it’s a slow cruise through some of our principal streets where the fans get to view their favourite riders at warm-up speeds.

The official start numbers reveal that there are 101 riders starting, this included 87 Belizeans, which included 10 junior riders riding in their first ever cross country, 14 foreigners which included 8 Mexicans, 5 Americans and one Jamaican - notably, no Guatemalan riders showed up.

At a few minutes past 6:00 at Leslie’s Imports they’re off. The riders then made their way to Columbus Park in San Ignacio Town and then back to Belize City where the race concluded at the BTL Park on Newtown Barracks.

At Central Farm three riders, which included Peter Choto, American Rich Harper and the young and up-coming Joslyn Chavarria Jr of DigiCELL 4G Elite Cycling Team, who was the first rider to cross the half-way point, which is around the Columbus Park in a time of 2:42:42 were the early leaders.

However, on the return journey the riders faced a strong head wind, which help created the result that we saw at the end of the race. It was at mile 29 that Justin Williams of Linkup Cycling Team of the USA rode away unchallenged with the title. He entered Belize City all alone where he completed the 140 miles the journey in a time of 5:45:58. This was Justin Williams’ second win in the last four years. He also won the coveted title back in 2015.

Williams was followed by Patrick Raines an American was rides for TEAM Starlight in a time of 5:51:00 some full 5 minutes behind the winner. Mexican Rudy Rincon-Velasquez riding for Team Quintana Roo finished third in a time of 5:51:02 and he was followed by Robert Liam Stewart who is unattached and he was followed by Giovanni Lovell of DigiCELL 4G Elite Cycling Team in a time of 5:51:20 to round off the top five finishers in the event.

The other finishers in the race included Jose Luis Reyes-Mantilla of DYM TLAXCALA and he was followed by Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes Elite in a time of 5:52:07 and then he was followed by Oscar Quiros Jr of SMART/Cray/Western Spirit and he was followed by Joel Borland of DigiCELL 4G Elite Cycling Team and he was followed by Richard Santiago of Bel-Cal Cycling Club to round off the second set of top finishers.

Other finishers included Ernesto Bradley of DigiCELL 4G Elite Cycling Team and he was followed by Joslyn Chavarria Jr of DigiCELL 4G Elite Cycling Team and then he was followed by David Flynn of Team Starlight and he was followed by Carlos Lopez of DYM TLAXCALA and he was followed by Brandon Cattouse of SMART/Cray/Western Spirit in a time of 5:52:56 to round off the top fifteen finishers in the historic ride.

In the Open U-23 category, Ernesto Bradley took first place with 2nd place going to Thereque Leslie who is unattached with 3rd place going to Kaydine Pinello.

In the Open Masters Category +35, first place went to Patrick Raines second place went to Robert Liam Stewart and third place going to Carlos Lopez. In the Masters Category+35, first place went to Robert Liam Stewart, second place went to Jose Choto with third place going to Kenroy Gladden.

In the Elite category 3, first place went to Josyln Chavarria Jr.

In the Masters 4/5 category, first place went to Fitzgerald Joseph and second place went to Dwayne Wade.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:43