Last Sunday some of Barbados’ best over-forty cyclists took to the Spring Garden Highway circuit for a National Senior Games road race.
At the end of the keenly contested event which was marred by a few mishaps Darwin Griffith emerged the winner.
A strong field of about 22 riders turned out to face the starter. The likes of John Turton, a former five-time national road race champion, and the evergreen Greg Downie, were expected to provide the rest of the field with more opposition than they could have handled. But unfortunately Turton caught a flat about midway into the race and that took him out of contention.
At the time he was part of a break-away that surely was going to contest for the top spot. His departure from that group left it fairly open. The event was originally scheduled for one and a half hours but was eventually shortened to one hour fifteen minutes due to short but intense showers that made conditions treacherous.
Most of the riders backed off when the rain came but Wayne Bonzai Cummins seized that opportunity to stake his claim. He broke away from the remainder of the leading group which included Griffith and John Proverbs to establish what looked at that time to be an unassailable lead but he was eventually done in by the conditions.
Cummins had two falls while in the lead and surrendered his position to ultimately finish fourth. The top position was then taken by Griffith who easily out-sprinted Proverbs while Sedwin Jones battled the unfortunate Cummins for third place.
Esther Miller-Rosemond was the lone female entrant and gave a good account of herself by finishing ahead of some of her male counterparts.††