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Junior Cross Country: Pinelo with Impressive Win

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Kaydine Pinelo (SMART) continued his team’s dominance making it 4 for 4 in 2016 by taking the Junior Cross Country title just after midday today. Pinelo won in a sprint finish over Brain Sutherland (Cabral/Marin) and Darien Anderson (WKC Strikers), who took second and third, respectively. In the closing miles Pinelo was faced with a nine man group including four of the better sprinters in the junior peloton, namely, Darien Anderson, Nashen Ysaguirre and Andre Belisle (Cabral/Marin) and Shaun Codd (Westrac Alliance). Pinelo waited for the appropriate moment and went long to outlast the sprinters. In the end a new record was set as he crossed the line 3:12:10, eighteen minutes and forty seconds better than the previous record, which coincidentally, was set by Pinelo’s teammate, Ernest Bradley when he won last year.

Pinelo explained how the race ended. “The objective for today was for Mr. Bradley to reclaim his title but when we reached the George Price Highway there was a spill and he was included in the spill. At that moment the gap opened and it separated with some of the sprinters like Nashen (Ysaguirre) and Darien Anderson. My objective was to just stick, stick, stick and maybe I could beat those guys for the prize or the win that was the goal.” He was referring to a spill about 25 or so miles out that took out defending champ and race favorite, Ernest Bradley. Bradley later said that Sherwin Requena (WKC Strikers) seemingly got caught near the edge of the road and went down in front of him and took him out. He said that messed him up because it was hard to get back up to the front after working too hard in the hills earlier. Speaking with reporters immediately after the race Pinelo was unaware of the condition of his teammate. He admitted that he tried to control the break but the guys were pushing hard and he wasn’t sure if his teammate was injured from the fall. The decision not to fall back so close to the end proved to be the right choice and Pinelo explained that he was happy that the team was still able to get the win.

It was just that kind of day today and a number of key players suffered setbacks. In the spill with Bradley was Sherwin Requena who could have definitely been a factor in the end with Anderson. Anthony Lewis (Westrac Alliance) experienced an early mechanical before making to the Hawksworth Bridge in San Ignacio. Anthony Marin (Cabral/Marin) had his own such issues late. His teammate Brain Sutherland was lucky to recover from his own mechanical which his service team had to repair on the go. Darien Anderson complained of a mechanical as well. One which his crew was unable to solve and eventual hampered his chances in the sprint. Perhaps the most disappointing mishap involved Barbadian cyclist Jacob Kelly who went down hard as his service team was trying to resolve an issue with his bike on the go. In his first race in Belize he was unable to make it to the halfway point. Luckily, he reportedly escaped major injury and is scheduled to return back home tomorrow.

20160320_JacobKelly Jacob Kelly (BAR) had a disappointing day as he went down hard today

The race was hard and fast and no meaningful break was able to develop. The SMART Cycling Team has proven that they have the most dominant riders in Kaydine Pinelo and Ernest Bradley. However, the 2016 junior competition is otherwise alive and worthy of a much more attention. In the last two races, WKC has been able to bounce back with good performances on the road and solid finishes. Their star rider Anderson has struggle thus far, but was able to make it onto the steps today with the third place finish. They continue to be strong in the youth sub-category which bodes well for their team going forward. Codd continues to perform well for Westrac Alliance and Lewis has shown promise, though he seems to have the worst luck at times. New entrant Big Shep has shown steady progress and had a breakout performer in Ernest Banner in the recent Belmopan Classic. The most impressive unit, though, is definitely Cabral/Marin. This year, they have routinely placed multiple riders in the top five including today where they placed 2nd, 4th, and 5th, with Brian Sutherland, Andre Belisle and Gian Lino, in that order. Only the top spot has escaped them thus far, but such is the case with all other teams not wearing a SMART jersey. As a group, they have performed consistently on the road and shown the best collective form at the end of races.

Below is the results from today event.

P Rider (NAT) Team
1 PINELLO Kaydine (BIZ) SMART Cycling Team
2 SUTHERLAND Brian (BIZ) Cabral/Marin Cycling Team
3 ANDERSON Darien (BIZ) WKC STRIKERS
4 BELISLE ANDRE (BIZ) Cabral/Marin Cycling Team
5 LINO Gian (BIZ) Cabral/Marin Cycling Team
6 CODD Shaun (BIZ) Westrac Alliance
7 BANNER Ernest (BIZ) BIG SHEP
8 YSAGUIRRE Juhawi (BIZ) Cabral/Marin Cycling Team
9 LOVELL Gerson (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team
10 MACU Edgar (BIZ) Chavarria Cycling club
11 WILLIAMS Patrick (BIZ) WKC STRIKERS
12 TILLETT Shaquire (BIZ) WKC STRIKERS
13 MARIN Anthony (BIZ) Cabral/Marin Cycling Team
14 GIOVANNI Gabriel (BIZ) BIG SHEP
15 CACHO Kevaughn (BIZ) WKC STRIKERS
16 GOMEZ Kelwin (GUA) Unattached
17 BRADLEY Ernest (BIZ) SMART Cycling Team
18 ARMSTRONG Shawn Jr. (BIZ) BIG SHEP
19 LOVELL Gian (BIZ) DigiCell 4G Cycling Team
20 SALAZAR Tevan (BIZ) BIG SHEP
21 GONZALEZ Jyven (BIZ) Chavarria Cycling club
22 JONES Jahleel (BIZ) Unattached
DNF AZUETA Devin (BIZ) Westrac Alliance
DNF ARNOLD Dennis (BIZ) Unattached
DNF COYE Wilhem (BIZ) Unattached
DNF FRASER Jeshaun (BIZ) WKC STRIKERS
DNF HUMES Trajan Malique (BIZ) Cabral/Marin Cycling Team
DNF LYNCH Sheldon (BIZ) Unattached
DNF LEWIS Anthony (BIZ) Westrac Alliance
DNF REQUENA Jevaunne (BIZ) Westrac Alliance
DNF REQUENA Sherwin (BIZ) WKC STRIKERS
DNF ROSADO Anthony Jr. (BIZ) BIG SHEP
DNF SHEPPARD Jahiem (BIZ) BIG SHEP
DNF KELLY Jacob (BAR) Unattached
OTL CHAVARRIA Derrick (BIZ) Chavarria Cycling club
OTL GONZALEZ Jyron (BIZ) Chavarria Cycling club

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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