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Young cyclists from Saint Lucia will be competing against athletes from more than 90 athletes from 19 territories, including 53 juniors, 47 Juveniles, and nine girls, totalling 109 riders for this weekend’s Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships.
Saint Lucia’s team comprises juniors Andrew Norbert, Dave Charlery, Donald Joseph, Calixte Williams, Joel Mentor, and Janick Paul, juveniles Kluivert Mitchel, Jesse Mentor, and Hilan Aubert. They are working with team coach, Ramon Leal.
Foreign Teams confirmed are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, French St Martin, Dutch Sint Maarten, Suriname, the United States Virgin Islands, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The first event the Individual Time Trial will be held on Saturday at Millennium Highway from 2pm, starting near the La Toc roundabout, travelling five kilometres towards Cul De Sac, and back to the start, with girls being followed by juveniles and juniors.
The second event is on Sunday in Vieux Fort from 8am utilising the Vieux Fort / Laborie Highway, next to the bus terminal, traversing the Vieux Fort-La Ressource circuit which goes around the airport with a distance of just under 12.5km.
Girls will do four laps for 50km, juveniles will go five laps for 62km, and juniors will ride eight laps for 100km
The Saint Lucia Cycling Association reports that this year is the biggest turnout in terms of countries and numbers of riders since the Caribbean Junior Championships has been held on its own.
Present during the championships will be Jose Manuel Pelaez, President of the Pan American Cycling Confederation and Memeber of International Cycling Union Management Committee of Cuba; Trevor Bailey, President of the Caribbean Cycling Confederation of St Vincent and the Grenadines; Pedro Frias, International Commissaire of Cuba; Juan Mercado, International Commissaire of Venezuela; and Michel Marie Sainte, Technical Delegate of Martinique.