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Kaya Cattouse in CFB Crosshairs

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A recent social media tirade by outspoken female cyclist, Kaya Cattouse, has landed her in hot water with the Cycling Federation of Belize. Just over an hour ago, Karen Vernon of C-Ray Women Cycling Team posted a letter on social media from the federation warning the 2016 Krem Classic runner-up of a looming fine and suspension should such behavior continue.

The fallout apparently stems from a Facebook post by Cattouse on January 29 after the release of the Valentine Tour schedule. The event listed a five stage tour, from February 11-14, for elite men only, while the women and junior men categories would do the Valentine Classic on February 14. In her post, Cattouse directed her frustrations towards both the Cycling Federation of Belize and event sponsor Belize Telemedia Ltd (BTL), indicting them collectively for the exclusion. In 2015 the valentine event was a three stage mini-tour where all categories mentioned above participated in a Prologue, a Criterium and a Road Race. Cattouse had to withdraw from the event due to illness.

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Facebook post by Kaya Cattouse

The federation has mentioned that there will be a separate tour for women and a tour for junior men as outlined in their 2016 calendar. In speaking with Cattouse earlier today, she contends that sponsors for these future tours are yet to be determined making them tenuous at this time. She also laments the opportunity to use this tour as preparation for the women’s cross country which is scheduled before the men’s race on Holy Saturday. Also today, CFB Vice-President Orson Butler reiterated their point of separate tours for all categories and the goals of such scheduling. Butler insists that all members of the federation have been informed as to the particulars surrounding the event. He added that Cattouse has been verbally warned in the past and her recent social media attack on the federation and its partnering sponsor contravenes their code of conduct regulations. Presumably, the resulting warning letter serves to formally register that claim.

Despite her remarks, Cattouse says that she has no issue with the sponsor, BTL. She holds that she had a conversation with the federation, President Dion Leslie, who indicated that the format of the event was at the behest of the sponsor. Subsequently, she was made to understand that this is not so. Similarly, Leslie and the federation, has clarified publicly that he misspoke earlier on. However, they contend that Cattouse was made aware of this clarification in advance of her outburst. C-Ray founder and leader, Raymond Cattouse Jr, father of Kaya, also weighed in on the media circuit to register their dismay.

The Valentine Tour begins a week from today and concludes on Sunday, February 14, 2016.

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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