Joshua Kelly topped category 1 as the Barbados Cycling Union held its final road race of the 2018 season on Sunday.
Thirty-five cyclists started the race outside of Bushy Park on the 10.1km St Philip road course. The conditions were very hard for the cyclists, with showers and gusty winds for the first half of the race.
The youngest cyclist was four-year-old Benjamin McKinney who was joined by his seven-year-old sister Sophia. They did the one-lap race and were accompanied by their mother Krissie, who is a top female cyclist.
There was a good turnout of cyclists from the BCU’s Youth Development Programme. The eventual winner among the males in this category was Samuel Lamontagne, second was Matthew Clarke with Jonah Kelly third.
In the female category of the Youth Development Programme, Sophia McKinney came second while the winner was Brianna Catwell.
The Elite category 1 and 2 had an intriguing battle. The cyclists traded positions throughout the race. On lap two of seven laps, Greg Vanderpool and Joshua Kelly broke away from the peloton and they built up a lead of 45 seconds but as the race progressed the peloton caught the two breakaway riders with two laps to go.
The race was decided on the last climb of Thickets Hill with an attack by Greg Vanderpool and the Kelly brothers, they were able to create a gap over the other cyclists. Joshua Kelly was the eventual winner of category 1, he was followed to the finish by Vanderpool and Jacob Kelly, Russel Elcock was fourth, Kyle Gill finished fifth overall and was first in category 2.
Raymond Brathwaite and Malavi Velloza were the winners of category 3 and 4 respectively. Junior Proverbs and Sedwin Jones dominated the two masters categories. Cheyenne Awaii won the women’s and Adam Marshall the tiny mite categories.