By William Ysaguirre Freelance Reporter
Defending three-time women’s Cross Country Champion and National Road Champion Shalini Zabaneh of the Sagitun team won the 60-mile women’s race from La Democracia.
Shalini rode in solo in 3:19:54 to win the $750 first prize, a trophy and a massage at Oltsil Spa.
Kaya Cattouse of the SMART C-Ray team was second in 3:21:24 to win a $500 prize and a trophy while Patricia Chavarria of the BECOL team finished in 3:21:26 to win the $300 third prize and a trophy.
Keirah Eiley, riding unattached, pulled in fourth, while Alica Thompson of the Belize Bank Swoosh team came in fifth.
Shalini led on the outgoing leg to win the first station prize, a SMART internet USB “dongle” at mile 10. Alicia Thompson took over the pace to win the a $50 SMART phone card at Rockville, before Shalini regained the lead to sweep the next three station prizes: a data capable phone from SMART and an internet modem from SMART at mile 25 on the outbound and return legs and a $50 phone card at Hattieville.
Chavarria challenged her for the lead to win a SMART internet USB” “dongle” at Almond Hill; before Shalini broke away on her solo ride to the city.