Ameline wins first 2017 cycling race

Jerome Ameline takes the first race of 2017.

Travelling at an average speed of just under 26 miles per hour over 10 miles, Jerome Ameline was fastest on the road Sunday, 19 March, for first races of the 2017 Cayman Islands Cycling Association season.

Ameline completed the 10-mile Individual Time Trial in 23 minutes 13.369 seconds, a little more than a second faster than James Smith, who finished the loop from Haig Bodden Playing Field to Frank Sound and back in 23 minutes, 14.988 seconds.

“The first race is always hard. It’s harder psychologically than on the legs,” Ameline told moments after finishing the race.  “Nobody is ready. Everybody says they did not train, although we always train a little bit secretly.”

However, Ameline thought the race might not have happened due to persistent rain and high winds, both of which subsided to allow for ideal conditions for the early morning ride.

“Wet roads are always dangerous. However, you go faster on wet roads [because] there is less tyre resistance. So, that was basically ideal conditions. It was sunny but we had wet roads,” he said.

With the cyclists starting at staggered one-minute intervals, they had to push their hardest and guess what the others were doing. Ameline thought Steven Abbott had them beat based on the speed he was doing at the turnaround point but Abbott was 24 seconds off the pace and finished third (23:37.859).

Last season’s champion, Michele Smith, was fifth fastest overall and first among the Masters. James Smith was top of the Open B riders and Lionel Durrant was first in the Open C category. Laurent Weber was the fastest among the Super Masters. Ashley Naelon was the only female rider and was 15th of 18 cyclists overall.

The next events on the cycling calendar are the Pedal to the Point on Sunday, 2 April, which was rescheduled from January, and the Feed Our Future Century Ride on Sunday, 9 April. However, the next official race on the schedule is the first of four May Dew Classics – the 45 minutes plus three laps circuit race – on Sunday, 7 May.

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