The 29th Digicel Tri de Spice was held Sunday, 3 April 2016 with 240 athletes competing. The main event was the Sprint distance, with 60 of the best athletes from Grenada, the region and further afield went head to head for a piece of the US$4,000 prize purse and one of the famous hand-made trophies.
Although he was few places behind after the swim, Gaetan Fetaud of France managed to take the lead with a commanding bike which he held all the way through the run to the finish. Calum Noel from Grenada at only 19 years old, had an outstanding race to finish in 2nd place over a minute ahead of fellow Grenadian Chris Regis.
Jenna Ross from Trinidad had a tough battle with Inga Karasek from Grenada in the women’s race. Inga led out of the water with Jenna only 32 seconds behind but by the end of the bike she was just 14 seconds behind. It all came down to the run where Jenna had the upper hand to take the win. Lily Stauble from Trinidad, although beating both women out the swim suffered a flat tire early in the bike and lost a lot of ground but managed to run her way back into 3rd place overall.
In the Republic Bank Right Start Junior triathlon, 180 children from 16 schools in Grenada and athletes from Trinidad competed in 24 different categories. Congratulations for the winners from the 10 individual age groups — Zachary Collymore (GND), Emma Mc Intosh (GND), Harper Pickell–Topale (GND), Sara Dowden (GND), Coby Sylvester (GND), Diane Fakhre (GND), Troy LLanos (TRI), Kirsten St Omer (TRI), Kendall Samuel (GND), Nixe Ogilvie (GND).
All the athletes from the various schools earned points as well as trophies and medals for getting on to the podium. The best performing schools were Westmorland Junior School in both the Junior boys and Junior girls, Presentation Brothers’ College for the Senior school boys, and St Joseph’s Convent for the Senior school girls.