With zero fanfare, veteran rider Winston ‘Stoney’ Williams travelled to Anguilla for two races last week. He competed in the Organisation of Eastern CArtibbean States (OECS) Cycling Championships and the John T. Memorial Cylcing Race.
In the OECS Championship, Stoney was the only Saint Lucian rider among a field of 25, including representation from five territories. Two-time defending champions Antigua-Barbuda had the biggest team, and they took the top three places for the second year in a row.
Andre Simon took first place, followed by compatriots Jyme Bridges and Joel Phillip. Stoney, the only solo rider, failed to make the top 10, which also included athletes from Anguilla and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Full results were not available, but the three-member Grenada team also failed to figure in the top 10.
The 85km route comprised a circuit of eight laps around the Jeremiah Gumbs Highway/George Hill block in hot and extremely windy conditions, which proved taxing for many of the cyclists.
On Sunday, in the 16th annual John T. Memorial race, Stoney topped the 52km Masters division, ahead of Anguilla’s Ian Brooks and defending champion Junior Niles. Antiguans Jyme Bridges and Andre Simon reversed their positions from the OECS race, covering 133km in the Elite race.