60K. Event Tomorrow.
IT can best be described as a “test of stamina, speed and tactics” when the St. Lucia Cycling Association will stage one of its most talked about road races tomorrow starting from 8.00 a.m. Competitors are expected to be at the starting line for registration no later than 7.30 a.m. for a prompt start for the grueling 60 Kilometer event.
The race will start on the Waterfront in Castries near the government buildings and will see the riders travel through the Millennium Highway, on to the east coast road, up the Barre de l’isle, by pass the villages of Dennery and Micoud and into Vieux Fort, by pass the entrance into the southern town to finish near Gablewoods Mall South in La Tourney.
Based on the series of races held by the SLCA thus far, the level of performances seen to date and the strategy being used by some of the senior riders has not been up to top quality, so it is rather difficult to predict who will emerge as the top cyclist for this event as every man will be riding for himself.
According to SLCA President Cyril Mangal, the first rider is expected to cross the finish line two hours later, but there will be a Broom Wagon that will pick up riders who abandon the race.
A number of the elite riders will face the starter’s pistol, the likes of Gillan Moses, Fidel Esnard, and veterans Winston Williams and Elvis Joseph winners for the past six weeks of competition, while in the Junior category, the in formRomueous Noel and Dave Charlery from Mon Repos will have a score to settle as they both have one win to their name. Also in the mix will be Calixte Williams and Andrew Norbert.
Meanwhile, on Emancipation Day August 1, the local cyclists will be in action again, this time around they will compete in the Plante’s Place Cycling Extravaganza slated for Dennery.