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Bradley Rides To Victory in Dangriga

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Dangriga Town, BELIZE

Earlier today, Ernest Bradley, of SMART Zoom, broke clear of the peloton just before the halfway point in the Frank “Papa” Mena Family Day Race to take the solo victory as he would not be caught again. The 36 mile race was hosted by the Dangriga Cycling Association and featured a Junior and an Open category. The race route saw the riders leave from the start/finish line in front of the Wadani Shed on the South-side of Dangriga and head to the Sittee River Junction as the turning point. This event served as a warm-up for Dangriga’s signature race, the TV Ramos Classic, coming up in two weeks on November 15. Taking full advantage of this opportunity was the SMART Zoom and Alliance Junior Teams both of whom had five-man rosters to account for ten of the fifteen juniors taking part. The race was basically a face-off between these two rival teams.

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Taking a page out of the SMART playbook, Alliance took an early stab at the field as Shane Jones launched the first meaningful attack five miles in to be the first rider turning onto the Southern Highway. He was quickly reeled in by the peloton after running less than a mile off the front. The early pace shredded the non-SMART/Alliance riders reducing the field to nine riders. Kaydine Pinelo, Patrick Williams, Darien Anderson, Shaquir Tillett and Ernest Bradley of SMART and Shane Jones, Shaun Codd, Nashen Ysaguirre and Devin Azueta of Alliance. This set the stage for a series of attacks and counter-attacks as both teams refuse to give up control of the race. About 14 miles in Alliance team captain Shane Jones experienced some equipment failure and teammate Devin Azueta fell back to assist. This marked the first real separation of the teams. Even though Jones was able to make it back to the peloton before the halfway point, Bradley of SMART had already gone off the front in what proved to be the decisive break.

With eleven miles to go, Bradley had opened a gap of 01:25 on the field. With six miles to go the chasers were only able to gain ten seconds on Bradley and the race was no on for second and third. Bradley would eventually finish 01:20 before Nashen Ysaguirre who out-kicked Shaquir Tillett for second. Shane Jones of Alliance took fourth and his teammate Shaun Codd rounded out the top five crossing the line before Darien Anderson of SMART after they both had bike changes near the end.

1. Ernest Bradley – SMART Zoom
2. Nashen Ysaguirre – Alliance
3. Shaquir Tillett – SMART Zoom
4. Shane Jones – Alliance
5. Shaun Codd – Alliance

About Isaac Rhys

Isaac Rhys is the Managing Editor at cyclebiz.com. Based in the Belize, he started Cyclebiz in 2015 intent on attracting more attention to local bike races and its participants.

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