Saint Lucians struggle in Caribbean Junior Cycling

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Saint Lucians struggle in Caribbean Junior Cycling
2015 Caribbean Junior Cycling team.
2015 Caribbean Junior Cycling team.
2015 Caribbean Junior Cycling team.

Team Saint Lucia completed competition in two classes at last weekend’s Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Kluivert Mitchel placed 17th in the 10-kilometre juveniles (15 to 16 years old) individual time trial, finishing in 16 minutes, 48.46 seconds at 35.70 kilometres per hour. Jesse Mentor was 18th in 17:04.18 at 35.15km/h. Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyler Cole won the event in 13:55.53 at 43km/h from a field of 19.

Romueous Noel placed 15th with a time of 34:34.52 at 34.70km/h in the juniors (17 to 18 years old) 20km time trial. Puerto Rico’s Luis David Rivera won in 28:03.65 at 42.78km/h.

Mentor and Mitchel rode the 65km road race for juveniles. Both completed the event, but neither was officially timed, due to delays in the race schedule. Kluivert was unofficially timed at 2:05. Tyler Cole won in 1:50.

Noel, along with Andrew Norbert and Dave Charlery, participated in the 97.5km junior road race. Charlery and Noel did not finish, Dave Charlery needing medical attention after two laps and Romueous Noel after covering 91km with one lap to go.

Norbert completed the event, but his result was not recorded as the organisers opened the road after most riders came in due to the permit for road closure having expired and the championship having been decided.

Michael Quinones of Dominican Republic won in 2:42:12. Norbert was about 1.5 laps down after the finish and would have had an approximate time of 16 minutes behind, finishing at about 2:58:12.

According to a release from the Cycling Association, “This was the first time travel overseas for all the riders to a race except Dave Charlery and the first time travelling period for three of the riders. A learning experience for these young guys who have seen the competition out there for the first time and we are confident that they will work towards raising their standard to a much better performance by next year.”

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