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Yan Cattouse Wins Belizean National Junior Road Title

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June 28, 2015

Yan Cattouse (C-Ray Cycling Team) won the 2015 National Junior Road Championship today out of a three man break that effectively came loose from the peloton about halfway through the 46 mile course. Ernest Bradley (SMART Zoom Cycling Team) and Shane Jones (Alliance Cycling Team), who finished second and third respectively, were no match for Cattouse as he outkicked the pair in the final 200 yards.

Cattouse said that his goal coming into the season was to win the New Year’s Day Classic, the Cross Country Classic and the National Road Championships. He had a disappointing Cross Country outing, but conceded that two out of three was not bad at all. This year’s road course was hilly but Cattouse said he was not intimidated by that and trusted his training. He moves up to the U23 Category next year so this win was a great way to close out his final junior campaign. When asked about the transition, Cattouse admits that he will need at least two years to become truly competitive at the next level, but looks forward to assisting his older brother Brandon Cattouse (C-Ray Cycling Team).

Today’s race unfolded with the winning trio being able to separate from an early break that attacked coming out of the first turn near the mile 40 marker on the George Price Highway. That initial surge also included Anthony Marin (Cabral/Marin) who had won the Junior ITT two days earlier and Darien Anderson (SMART Zoom), the defending Junior Road Champion. Anderson experience a flat passing through the start point, hot on the heels of the lead trio. Unfortunately, a frustrated Anderson through a tantrum after his ill-fated situation that may have affected his focus for the remainder of the race. On the other hand, Marin confessed that the hills in the western end of the course got the better of him today. Nonetheless, Marin was happy with his ITT result and vowed to come back stronger.

In the Youth Category, Shaun Codd (Shake N Bake) took the Gold while Juhawi Ysaguirre (Cabral/Marin) and Damien Usher (Shake N Bake) took silver and bronze, respectively.

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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