The Bermuda Bicycle Associationís 2018 Butterfield Grand Prix got underway with a Hill Climb in St. Georgeís.
Jabari Whiteman of Trinidad & Tobago scorched the course in a new record of 42.83 seconds to take the lead in the A category, just ahead of Dominique Mayho who clocked 43.659, Kaden Hopkins was clocked at 44.182 and Matthew Oliveira clocked 45.206.
The Top female finisher was Caitlin Conyers who was clocked at 55.140, followed by Jamie-Lee Wright who clocked 56.142 and Nicole Mitchell was third in 58.160.
The Bermuda Bicycle Association will host the Butterfield Grand Prix is this weekend and the racing is expected to be as exciting as ever.
All of Bermudaís top riders including Kaden Hopkins and Matthew Oliveira are on the island and ready to contest for the titles.
For the first time in a few years the Grand Prix will feature a few overseas guests who will help make the racing even more exciting.
One visitor is 18 years old Jabari Whiteman of Trinidad & Tobago, Whiteman is still a junior but has Youth Commonwealth Games experience and has taken part in prior editions of the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships.
Whiteman also traveled and raced against Bermudaís Juniors at the 2017 Green Mountain Stage Race so he knows some Bermuda competitors and is looking forward to racing in Bermuda.
Keith Johnson, a former resident of Bermuda and a highly competitive Masters racer will be racing this year and should keep the races fast.
As usual, the First Stage is on Friday evening in St. George which is a Hill Climb, then Saturday morning is an early start for the Road Race in St. Davidís and then on Sunday morning is the Crit which concludes the event in Hamilton.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Winners Edge Time Trial Round Up
Picture Curtsey of Rochelle Smith
Known in cycling terms as the Ďrace of truthí with riders racing against the clock, Winners Edge rider Kaden Hopkins again showed that he will be a tough rider to beat as he set another blistering pace to take the victory in the Winners Edge Time-Trial that took the riders from Harrington Sound School, twice around the sound, a distance of 14.8 miles.
Having just turned 18 last month, the youngster clearly showed that he is on track for another strong season on the bike covering the course in a time of 32.54, an average speed of 26.9 mph.
Already having produced some impressive results this year for US team Hot Tubes, Matthew Oliveira was second in 33.41 and Masters rider Geoff Smith of Team Tokio rounding out the top three in 35.58.
Also worthy of note was a stand-out ride by 15 year old Nicholas Narraway, who has already caught the attention of the local top riders as he produced a strong ride, finishing 5th overall in 36.28 signaling that he will be one to watch in the future.
In the Womenís field, Winners Edge rider Nicole Mitchell took honors finishing in 39.27 an average speed of 22.5mph as she works towards the Killington Stage Race and CAC Games later this year. Bicycle Works Caitlin Conyers put in another strong performance following on from her dominant win in the Winners Edge Road Race last week, and looks on course for a good season. Conyers Team-mate Jamie-Lee Wright was third in 41.00
Louise Wells, Penelope Butterfield and Julia Hawley of Team Winners Edge were the top three masterís women in 42.09, 45.38 and 46.21 respectively.
On the one lap 7.4 mile course in the 11-12 and 13-14 categories 13 year old Winners Edge rider Blake Oliveira was in a class on his own recording the fastest time of 21.56, Zamauri Richardson Bermuda Cycling Academy was second in 25.04 with Megan Hands, Winners Edge was third in the category in 27.12.
However 11-12 winner of Team Tokio had an impressive ride to record the third fastest time of 26.52. The youngest rider of the day in the 11-12 category, Charlotte Millington riding for VT Construction Madison finished in 29.22.