Barbadian champion Joshua Kelly (hands raised), compatriot Russell Elcock (right) and Emile Demazy of Martinique on the podium for the time trial of the Caribbean Elite Cycling Championships. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe)
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JOSHUA KELLY has officially arrived.
Local cycling has seen the crowning of a regional champion on home soil after the talented teen became the first Bajan to win the Caribbean Elite Cycling Championships time trial this morning.
Riding from Mile-And-A-Quarter, St Peter to the Normal Niles Roundabout and back, Kelly, 19, successfully completed the 37.6 kilometre course in 50 minutes and 46 seconds – just 25 seconds off Russell Elcock’s national and course record.
It was a scene of great jubilation for the hosts, as national champ Elcock also copped bronze with a time of 51:13 to finish behind Kelly and Martinique silver medallist Emile Demazy (50:57).
Watched by a sizeable crowd including UCI president Brian Cookston, reigning time trial queen Katheryn Bertine of St Kitts successfully completed a hat-trick of titles by posting a winning time of 35:43 on a 24k course.
Chief Antiguan rival Tamiko Butler had to settle for second place again after clocking 36:42 while Mathilde Batailler (38:55) of Martinique was third. (JM)