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Sunday, July 21, 2024


The V.I. Cycling Federation held its first race of the season on Sunday with riders going in different directions. But it was all by design.
The Anything Goes — Gentle Winds to Hamms Bluff Race started at Gentle Winds Condos on St. Croix’s north shore with riders having their choice of bikes and routes to finish at Hamms Bluff. The 17 riders at the starting line were on a variety of bikes, both mountain and road.
After a mass start the field quickly split into different routes with the mountain bikers heading west on the north shore toward the grueling climb up the Beast. The roadies headed east toward Salt River to join Northside Road and then to Midland and Mahogany Roads to the Westend.
The early road pace was set by Victor Cruz and then taken over by Tom Guthrie, Kent Bradbury and Mike McQueston. As the pace quickened the field splintered, with a four-man break of Guthrie, Bradbury, McQueston and Angel pulling ahead.
. The lead group split again with Guthrie and Bradbury leading the climb into the Rain Forest on Mahogany Road. Guthrie emerged ahead after the ascent and held his lead to the finish, with a hard charging Bradbury coming second and McQueston finishing third.
The mountain bikers had a tough time of it climbing the Beast and the rolling Scenic Road. Jamie Keys was the fastest on that route, with John Harper second.
"It appears that the question of which route is the fastest has been answered," said Mike McQueston, president of the V.I.C.F. "The
road route was 15.5 miles and was completed in a winning time of 43.17 by Tom Guthrie. The mountain route was 14.3 miles and was completed in a time of 53.27 by Jamie Keys."
In all, McQueston said the race was an excellent outing to start the season.
"Everyone had a good time with it," he said. "Again, this is just the beginning and we are always looking for new routes, rides and ideas as well as members."
The next race will be the Airport Loop on Sunday, Oct. 31, he said.
"We will be doing four laps on the fast, six mile Airport Loop. So get training and come out for the race," McQueston said.
Group training rides are held every Friday at 4 p.m. and start at Schooner Bay Market.

Results for The Anything Goes Race — Gentle Winds to Hamms Bluff

1. Tom Guthrie 43.17

2. Kent Bradbury 43.29

3. Mike McQueston 45.49

4. Angel 48.18

5. Mikey Chico 49.15

6. Kevin Burton 49.17

7. Roger Hatfield 50.03

8. Jamie Bate 51.10

9. Jamie Keys 53.27

10. Owen Elliot 53.56

11. Rich 56.14

12. John Harper 58.39

13. Lincoln 59.42

14. Rodney 59.50

15. Victor Cruz 1.00.40

16. Dennis Malt 1.29.23

17. Peter Brown 1.30.00

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