Grenadian cyclist Christopher Alexis Jr competed in the 5th Annual Digicel Breast Cancer Awareness Cycle Race on Sunday, 30 October, which was a 70-mile circuit race around the outer circuit of the National Park in Georgetown. Unfortunately, the young cyclist was only able to complete 10 of the 30 laps due to fatigue from travelling and lack of fluids during the race.
He then competed in the Guyana Cycling Federation Three-Stage event the following weekend which was his main focus. The event consisted of 2 road stages and 1 individual time trial.
The event began Saturday, 5 November with a 65-mile road race from Georgetown to Mahaicony and back with over 50 cyclists at the start line, in which Alexis placed 27th in a time of 2:59:09.
The second stage was the 3.5-mile individual time trial. Alexis was poised to clock the 20th fastest time of approximately 10:20, however he had mechanical issues with his rear wheel which took 5 minutes to remedy, adding 5 minutes to his time.
Stage 3 was set to 70 miles (30 laps) initially, however due to the number of cyclists that abandoned the race, officials decided to reduce the distance to 46 miles (20 laps) around the National Park outer circuit. Alexis placed 12th out of 24 starters, 43 seconds behind the stage winner.
Chris Alexis Jr who recently placed 4th in the elite category at the 30th Tobago International Cycling Classic, said he is very satisfied with his performance and the way he improved through the week of training in Guyana. He also stated that it was the highest level of competitiveness he has ever experienced while racing for the last 2 years, and is thankful for the experience gained at the events.
Ministry of Sports