Cyclists Joshua and Jacob Kelly left Barbados yesterday for Trinidad and Tobago where they will be participating in The Easter Grand Prix from Good Friday to Easter Sunday in Arima.
This is an international event with invitational riders coming from the Caribbean, America, Canada and Puerto Rico. The event in Trinidad is expected to sharpen the skills of the Kelly brothers as they will be competing against not only the best in the region but against some top international riders.
Seventeen-year-old Joshua Kelly is currently in his first year competing in the junior category. He placed second overall last year in the road events and dominated the 2012 track nationals where he came out with the most medals in the juvenile category. Joshua has been selected in an elite squad to train for the upcoming 2014 Junior Olympics and will have to race several key races this season in hopes of qualifying for this event.
Thirteen-year-old Jacob is a second-year tiny mite. Jacob placed second overall last year in the road events. He also dominated the 2012 track nationals where he came out with the most medals in the tiny mite category.
Joshua and Jacob are trained by ex-professional rider and qualified trainer Barry Forde. Forde has worked with these youngsters for the past two seasons and his wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport has been a major part of their success. The Kelly brothers are in a regimented programme where they train various aspects (road, gym, time trials, hill trials) six days per week.
Prior to their departure they were given monetary assistance by Barbados Gold Buyers with manager Alan Kelly making the presentation at the business’ Hincks Street, The City location.††