Mexican cyclist Donizetti Vasquez of the Depredadores team from Chetumal Quintana Roo won the annual Orange Walk Bypass Criterium organized by the Orange Walk Central Sports Committee and the Belize Cycling Association on Monday, October 15.
Vasquez clocked two hours 25 minutes and 26 seconds on his 60-mile ride of six laps around the 10-mile course to claim a $400 prize and a trophy. Some 50 cyclists suited up for the ride, but Vasquez and triathlete Peter Choto of the Western Spirits team opened up a 25 second gap on their nearest rivals by the end of the third lap. The lead duo gradually extended their lead to a minute by the end of the fourth lap and to a minute and 40 seconds by the end of the fifth lap. Choto tried to hang on for a sprint at the finish, but Vasquez broke away for a five second lead in the final lap..
Peter Choto claimed the $200 second prize and a trophy. Gregory Lovell of the Telemedia team won the sprint for third place to win $150 , while the Flying Scotsman, Liam Stewart of the M&M Engineering team pulled in fourth.
Geon Hanson of the Capital City team took fifth, Jose Choto also of Western Spirits was sixth and the Sugar City favorite, Jairo Campos of Benny’s Megabytes team, was seventh. His teammate Mark Staine was eight, while Philip Leslie of the C-Ray team was ninth, and Julio Dzul of the Yucatan team rounded out the top 10.
The fourth to 10th place finishers each won a $50 prize and a medal.
Former Cross Country champion Ernest Meighan of Santino’s team won the Masters’ 30 mile race, completing the three laps of the course in one hour 13 minutes and 22 seconds to win the $150 first prize and a trophy.
Manuel Yapur riding unattached won the $100 second prize, while Liam Stewart won the $75 third prize and trophy. His teammate Preston Martinez, was fourth, Kenny Gladden of the Scotiabank team was fifth, and Wilbert Jones of the F.T. Williams team was sixth. Barney Brown of the Scotiabank team was seventh, Juan Jose Cuellar of Team Cuellar from Chetumal was eighth, Dean Belisle of F.T. Williams team was ninth and Halton Ritchie of the Horizon team rounded out the top 10. The fourth to 10th place finishers each won a $25 prize and a medal.
Kaya Cattouse of the C-Ray won the women’s race in one hour 13 minutes and 48 seconds to claim the $150 first prize and trophy, while her teammate Kerah Eiley took the $100 second prize and trophy and two time Cross Country champion Gina Lovell was third to win a $75 prize and a trophy.
Zahir Figueroa of the Cayo Uprising team won the 40-mile junior race of four laps over the course in an hour and 48 minutes 43 seconds to take home the $200 first prize, while Joel Borland of the Telemedia team took the $150 second prize and trophy and Figueroa’s teammate, Delone Gentle, won the $100 third prize and trophy.
Borland’s teammate Giovanni Lovell was fourth, while the top Junior cyclist of the year, Oscar Quiros of the Xibalban team was fifth. Delawn Abraham of the Cayo Uprising team was sixth. Philton Butler of the M&M Engineering team was seventh, Jaffari Castro of the Clear Di Land team was eighth, Anfernee Young of the Cayo Uprising team was ninth and Harold Zuniga of the D&C team completed the top 10. The fourth to 10th place finishers each won a $25 prize and a medal.
Roque Matus Jr won the first race of the morning for Tiny Mites, completing the five mile course in 17 minutes 33 seconds, out-sprinting Jerson Lovell of the Telemedia team to win the first place trophy. Jian Lovell also of the Telemedia team was third five seconds later; both Lovells won medals