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On Sunday September 13, 2015, SMART Zoom Junior Cycling Team notched another impressive win to add to their domination of the junior category this year. Kaydine Pinelo soloed across the finish line at the Belize City Council/Leslie’s Imports Annual September Criterium presented by the CFB. Junior Cross Country Champ Ernest Bradley, Pinelo’s teammate, finished second, while Shaun Codd (Alliance United) secured an unlikely third place.

Their Cross Country strategy of attacking the field with several riders in succession paid off once again. The SMART Zoom team started with Pinelo taking a hard pull off the front for the first lap of the 15-lap circuit around Albert and Regent Streets in downtown Belize City. Bradley followed with a similar pace for the next two laps after which Patrick Williams (SMART Zoom) maintained the pressure off the front on the ensuing turn. With the field gasping from the high-speed start, Pinelo was able to attack again and opened a thirty second gap on the sixth lap which widened to forty seconds the next time around. Anthony Marin (Cabral/Marin Cycling) attacked the peloton on the Albert Street straightaway in an attempt to close the gap to Pinelo, but was quickly reeled in by Bradley.

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The Cabral/Marin Team with Anthony Marin and Nashen Ysaguirre didn’t have enough in the legs to defend the SMART attacks. Yan Cattouse (C-Ray Cycling) seemed to be the sole rider capable of disrupting a potential podium sweep by SMART Zoom, but an attack by Darien Anderson (SMART Zoom) coming through the finish line with less than eight laps to go all but ended that idea. Pinelo, as a result, extended his lead to over a minute and a half with five laps to go, effectively sealing the victory, as he lapped the casualties from early on.

The five man team from SMART Zoom buried their heads and drilled the field into the pavement to secure the victory. Shaquir Tillet (SMART Zoom) also took his turn on the pace, until he had to withdraw due to exhaustion. With the field gassed, Shaun Codd, riding from more than a minute down most of the day, was able to steadily pace his way up the reduced chase group and secure an improbable position on the final step of the podium.

The win by Pinelo gave him his, Junior Category leading, sixth podium finish from the CFB Calendar of Races; ahead of his teammate Darien Anderson who has five. Another teammate, Ernest Bradley, who continues to have a breakout year, shares the third spot next to Yan Cattouse with four podium finishes each.

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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