Clarke wins 4th race of season
SIMON CLARKE is winning at a rate that would make even Charlie Sheen and DJ Khaled blush.
Barbados’ reigning national champ has become cycling’s figurative road hog after securing Sunday’s circuit race on the new Sterling course for yet another road race victory on the 2012 Barbados Cycling Union season.
It was the second successive win and fourth overall in five starts for the current two-time national champ, whose lone defeat this year came two weeks ago on the Fontabelle circuit.
And Clarke has done it mostly without the luxury of teamwork, having parted ways with first-year club Team Aspire earlier this month.But he certainly didn’t leave his winning ways behind him despite having to deal with a wet circuit and a delayed start to the race following intermittent showers.
However, those conditions worked in his favour as the riders rode under caution, fearful of making any big breaks and thus allowing Clarke to win in his usual sprint to the line.Team Aspire’s Claude Richardson finished that seniors category in second while unattached rider Shane Weekes was one spot behind.
It was business as usual for Fugen’s dominant junior cyclist Russell Elcock, who took advantage of Brandon Wilkie catching a flat to further extend his unbeaten streak for the year.
In all, Elcock hasn’t lost a road race in the junior category since 2009.
While not as impressive, Stuart Maloney also continued his winning ways in the Masters category, making it a perfect four of four on the season after beating the likes of Fugen’s Sedwin Jones and Andrew Quimby of Team Aspire.
Esther Rosemond- Miller copped her fourth win of the season too in what is quickly becoming a feel-good story in the seasoned veteran’s fairy-tale return to local cycling.
John Proverbs (Velo Caribe) and Colin Sealy (independent) maintained their firm grip of the over-50s and category four divisions respectively, while there were wins for juvenile rider Gregory Vanderpool (Fugen) and Tunnico Weekes (A Class Battery Golden Wheelers) in the tiny mites class.