Congratulations to Tamiko Butler in defending her title as Female Road Race Champion at the 2013 Caribbean Cycling Championship, held in Curaçao, October 18th to the 20th.
Funding for this trip was made available to the team through the Commonwealth Games Team Preparation Grant allocated to the Antigua and Barbuda Cycling Association (ABACA). The team consisted of Jyme Bridges, Omari King, Robert Marsh, Andre Simon, Marvin Spencer, and lone female Tamiko. ABACA Technical Director, Stenlie Matthew, and First Vice President, Jevon Goodwin, acted as team managers. ABACA President Cliff Williams made the trip with the team to attend the Caribbean Cycling Federation Congress. Secretary Roland Morgan was once again the Chief of Timing and Scoring for the races, using the ABACA Sports Timing System.
Tamiko, the reigning Female Road Race Champion, captured the gold with the time of 1:48.48. Second and third place were captured by Bermudians, Zoenique Williams and Nicole Mitchell, respectfully. Tamiko also took home silver in the Time Trial race, finishing behind Kathryn Bertine of St Kitts and Nevis.
The men had great performances but were unable to produce a podium finish. In the Time Trial, Jyme Bridges, National Time Trial Champion, finished 11th and Robert Marsh placed 14th. All five males completed in the Road Race: Jyme finished with the best time of the team, placing 20th with a time of 3:17:18, followed by Robert who came 40th; Andre Simon placed 41st, Omari King 48th and Marvin Spencer 50th.
ABACA’s President Cliff Williams commended the team for their performance and highlighted that this is the first time that all the cyclists competing for Antigua in a major championship were able to finish the race.
President Greene, executive members and staff of the ABOA takes this opportunity to congratulate the team and encourage them to continue with their preparation ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.