Barney Brown of the Scotiabank team, won the second test race organized by the Belize Cycling Association on Sunday, September 22.
The test race is designed to help the association select the members for the national team to represent Belize at the upcoming Caribbean cycling championships to be held in Curacao from October 18-20.
Brown clocked 1:59:23 to win the sprint among seven riders in the 48-mile race, which was two laps on a circuit of the Burrell Boom bypass road linking the Philip Goldson and George Price Highways, starting and finishing at the CDS Gas Station.
Joel Borland, of Belize Telemedia team was second, Robert Liam Stewart of Benny’s Megabytes team was third, while Mexican rider Julio Cesar Dzul Alcocer of the Depredadores team of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, was fourth.
Henry Moriera and Angel Tzib, both riding unattached, finished fifth and sixth respectively, while Roger Troyer of Belikin Western Spirits team was seventh to complete the lead group.
Some 30 riders began the race and 23 finished. Giovanni Lovell of Belize Telemedia team was eighth in 1:59:39, while the winner of the Belize City criterium the week before, national elite road champion Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes team, was ninth in 2:00:12, just ahead of Nissan Arana of Depredadores team rounded out the top 10.
Brandon Cattouse of C-Ray team was 11th in 2:00:59, while Geon Hanson, of Capital City Cycling Clubof Belmopan, was 12t.h. . He led a chase group that finished in 2:01:19.
Philton Butler of M&M Engineering Juniors was 13th while Hanson’s teammate Erwin Middleton finished 14th. George Lovell Jr and Jairo Campos, both of Belize Telemedia team finished 15th and 16th respectively.
Tarique Flowers of Benny’s Megabytes was 17th in 2:08 and Cross Country champion Darnell Barrow of the Santino’s team finished 18th in the same time just ahead of the first female rider, Shalini Zabaneh of the Sagitun team
Delawn Abraham of Benny’s Megabytes completed the top 20 in 2:12:07 with Adrian Gardiner of the Capital City team finishing 21st, David Henderson Jr. of Benny’s Megabytes was 22nd and the second female rider Kirah Eiley of the BECOL cycling team was 23rd in the same time. Seven riders did not finish.
The next qualification race is an individual time trial also to be held on the Boom bypass road on Saturday morning, September 28.