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Tuesday, July 16, 2024


St. Croix bicycle racers took on a stiff headwind during Sunday’s 24-mile Airport Loop road race.
The course was a 6.1 mile, four-lap loop that started at the Randall "Doc" James Race Track east to Melvin Evans Highway then left to West Airport Road and back to the start.
Thirteen racers started the event at a moderate pace with a variety of riders taking their turn at the front. The main field kept together for the first and the beginning of the second lap until a fierce attack by John Harper split the pack.
The break was unsuccessful, however, and a number of riders caught Harper's wheel. The field then broke up on the windward stretch of the second lap with a small group comprising Harper, Angel Encarncion and Kent Bradbury pulling away from the main field. Jamie Keys, after going back to pick up a dropped pump, fought his way back to
the leaders and the group of four worked together for the final lap with the rest of the field strung out behind.
About 300 yards from the finish Kent Bradbury launched a sprint attack that was quickly caught by Keys. But it was Angel Encarncion who had more legs and was able to out sprint the other three for the victory.
Harper and Keys finished so close that it had to be called a draw and Bradbury finished a close fourth.
The St. Croix cycling Federation’s next race will be Sunday Nov. 2. The course will
utilize the new and improved South Shore road, said federation president Mike McQueston. For info call 772.2343. Group rides are held Fridays at 4p.m. at Schooner Bay and Tuesdays on the West End.

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