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C-Ray Saturday Race Series – Week 3

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Submitted by: Kaya Cattouse, C-Ray Cycling Club

On Saturday morning, 30th January, The C-Ray Cycling Club Saturday Race Series continued with the third race of the series. The field continues to grow every week; Alliance Cycling Team and the Choto brothers of C-Ray Cycling Team all the way from Cayo were present at the start line.  A total of fifty cyclist lined up in six different categories; 28 Elite, 1 Female, 5 Category 4/5, 12 Juniors, 3 40years+ and 1 50years+.  The course changed slightly this week: the race started as usual in front of Ready Call, turned at the Hattieville Round About, turned again at the junction with Phillip Goldson Highway and finished in front of CDS Gas Station. This week was definitely the fastest of the three weeks, clocking 28 minutes at the Hattieville Round About and 54 minutes at the other end. Averaging 26.4 miles per hour, the race clocked a total time of 59 minutes 40 seconds.

CRAY2016_Race3cPeloton taking shape

Apart from the Alliance Cycling Team and C-Ray Cycling Club who were previously mentioned, also present at the start line were Benny’s Megabytes, Smart, Digicell 4G, Cabral/Marin Cycling, Smart Junior, WKC Strikers, FT Williams and several unattached riders.  At the start of race #3, Digicell 4G has a 2-0 record with Gregory Lovell winning race #1 and Erwin Middleton winning race #2.  There was talk at the start line that they wouldn’t win a third; healthy rivalry of course, regular cycling chatter.

There were countless attacks throughout the race, however, all proved to be futile.  Every single breakaway attempt was brought back before the runners could even establish a decent lead and get a comfortable gap.  David Henderson decided that he would go for the first two station prizes, and once he jumped, no one was able to get around him.  He claimed the first prize at Fresh Pond; 1 gift certificate from Da Bizz BBQ Grill and the second at the Prison; $25 cash courtesy Card Heating and Cooling out of New Jersey, USA.  On the return, Henry Moriera of Team Smart grabbed the $25 cash courtesy Card Heating and Cooling at the Prison and Brandon Cattouse won the prize at Fresh Pond.

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Junior Riders (L-R) Anthony Lewis, Ernest Bradley, Darien Anderson

Immediately after the peleton turned at the junction with the Phillip Goldson Highway, Herman “Hijo” Requena of Team Smart attacked.  Similar to every other attack of the race, he was caught. This time, it was a collaborative effort from Erwin Middleton of Team Digicell 4G and Keion “Cavendish” Robateau of the Alliance Cycling Team.  After Hijo was caught, Keion stayed on the pace and started the lead out for his team’s sprinter Delawn Abraham who was tucked in behind the known sprinters in the field.  Ron McKenzie tried a “suicide” move couple hundred meters away from the finish line, attempting to make a solo run to the line, knowing that he didn’t stand a chance amongst the sprinters who were there.  He indeed committed suicide as he was caught quickly and from there Brandon Cattouse started the sprint. It appeared that he started from too far as his speed started to decrease just several feet shy of the finish line.  Byron Pope was coming with what seemed to be interminable power from behind and passed Cattouse on the inside to take 1st place while Darnell Barrow who was coming with just as much force also passed Cattouse and took 2nd place.  Cattouse was forced to settle for 3rd.  Pope is not known to be victorious when he comes to the tape with pure sprinters in the likes of Cattouse and Barrow but he has proven that things will surely change in the 2016 cycling season.

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 Cat 4/5 & Female (L-R) Kenroy Gladden, Wendell Williams, Ray Cattouse, Kaya Cattouse

Special thanks to Stationery House Retail Outlet, Ordonez Bike Shop, Cattouse Trucking, KV Events Planning, Bruce Bike Shop, Freetown Drug Store, Milky Way Restaurant, Da Bizz BBQ, Card Heating and Cooling Inc., FT Williams, Fitzgerald “Palas” Joseph, Grace Kennedy.

The series continues on Saturday, February 6th at 6:00 am.  Registration starts at 5:45 am in front of Ready Call. Registration Fee: $5.00.

Week 3 Results

Elite Men
1st – Byron Pope
2nd – Darnell Barrow
3rd – Brandon Cattouse
4th – Delawn Abraham
5th – Leroy Cassasola

Cat 4/5 & Female
1st – Ray Cattouse
2nd – Kenroy Gladden
3rd – Kaya Cattouse
4th – Wendell Williams
5th – Collin Maheia

Junior Men
1st – Ernest Bradley
2nd – Darien Anderson
3rd – Anthony Lewis
4th – Brain Sutherland
5th – Nashen Ysaguirre

40 (years) +
1st – Collin Maheia

50 (years) +
1st – Ray Cattouse

FEMALE
1st – Kaya Cattouse

Cumulative Points Ending Week 3

P Rider Race1 Race2 Race3 Total
1 Byron Pope 28 25 37 90
2 Brandon Cattouse 34 22 25 81
3 Phillip Leslie 22 28 14 64
4 Mark Staine 0 34 21 55
5 Darnell Barrow 0 13 30 43
6 Darien Anderson 11 23 9 43
7 Gregory Lovell 43 0 0 43
8 Ron McKenzie 25 11 3 39
9 Erwin Middleton 0 35 3 38
10 Ernest Bradley 0 17 15 32
11 Ray Cattouse 5 9 13 27
12 Kenroy Gladden 17 3 5 25
13 Kaya Cattouse 13 7 3 23
14 Delawn Abraham 0 0 22 22
15 Leroy Cassasola 0 0 19 19
16 Philton Butler 9 5 3 17
17 Giovanni Lovell 17 0 0 17
18 Herman Requena 0 3 11 14
19 Henry Moriera 0 3 7 10
20 Jeshaun Frazer 3 3 3 9

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