PRESS RELEASE – A team of four cyclists left the island on Thursday to represent Saint Lucia at the Ninth Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships, which will be hosted this weekend, 4-5 October, in Parimaribo, Suriname.
A total of 79 riders from 14 countries are registered for this year’s competition, with 37 riders in the Juvenile Boys (15 to 16 years old), 30 in the Junior Boys (17 -18) and 12 in the Junior Girls (15-18).
Saint Lucia’s team will compete in the Juvenile Boys and Junior Girls, with a 16km Individual Time Trial at 9am Saturday and the road race on Sunday morning. In the Juvenile Boys, Dave Charlery of Mon Repos will be expected to lead the challenge, with Janick Paul and Calixte Williams of Excellers Cycling Club also riding in that division. Olivia Descartes of Mon Repos will contest the Junior Girls.
Charlery graduated from Micoud Secondary earlier this year, and has been outstanding in local competition of late, virtually holding his own against older, more experienced rivals. He will contest the Time trial along with one of the two other boys, and Olivia will go in the Junior Girls division.
All three boys will compete in the 68km road race on Sunday from 8am. Olivia’s race on Sunday gets underway from 12:30pm.