Michael Testori entered the final race of the Dew Cycling Classics on Sunday (28 May) knowing that while he did not have the edge in the standings, he would be riding in a race that suits his strength. On the day, he did enough to wrestle the series title from Steven Abbott, who held a tie-breaker entering the race.
Riders spent the first 45 minutes completing the circuit on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and picking up sprint points before a three-lap sprint to the finish. The Batabano Circuit Race lived up to the showdown it was billed to be but most of the top riders were left behind when a pack of five cyclists broke away from the main group.
Michael Testori entered the final race of the Dew Cycling Classics on Sunday (28 May) knowing that while he did not have the edge in the standings, he would be riding in a race that suits his strength.
With no chance of catching the leaders, 23-year-old simply needed to hold off Abbott and Ramos, which set up a dash to the line. With about 200 metres left, Testori went for it and finally broke free, throwing his fist into the air as he crossed the line.
The plan was to escape from the beginning but nobody let me go. I was a marked man from the start I train my sprinting and I’m generally known for it, so I figured I’d go early in the sprints and maintain 40 miles per hour, create a gap, and hopefully it would work and it did, so I’m quite happy.
Cayman Islands Cycling Association president Craig Merren thanked CEL Distributors for their sponsorship of the series and said there were signs the sport is picking up speed. “This builds momentum throughout the cycling community and more people are coming out.
Darrel Evans was the comfortable winner among category two riders, while Chris Bailey edged both Yazzer Abdullah and Cameron McWatt by a point in category three. Jonathan Webster won category four, while Daniel Cummings won by a two-point margin over Michele Smith in the Masters category and Laurent Weber took the Super Masters title in a tight finish with Chris Sutton.