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Russell Elcock crushes field to win Time Trail
Despite what he termed a slow start, Russell Elcock successfully defended his Barbados Cycling Union’s National Time Trial title at the Barbados Olympic Association sponsored event on Sunday.
He completed 31km which was two laps of the St. Philip course in a dominant showing stopping the clock at 41 minutes 22 seconds as he even caught his main rivals on the course who had started minutes ahead of him.
Early morning rain also made the first lap for him very tricky as well as the rest of the field. Elcock who took to the course last said that he was losing time in the first half of the course which had more corners than the latter half.
“I had to go through the corners slow because it was wet.”
But after that opening section, the determined rider picked up the pace and even caught Mario Forde who had started a minute ahead of him.
With the sun drying out the course, Elcock continued to tap out the pace on his pedals and caught Jamol Eastmond on his second lap.
“It took me awhile to catch Jamol, who I knew was going to be my main competition,” said Elcock.
Eastmond who eventually finished second, adding to his Road Race title the weekend before, started two minutes ahead of Elcock and finished with a time of 43 minutes eight seconds.
But the impressive young rider, continued to press ahead and he also caught Jason Perryman on the stage. Perryman had started three minutes ahead of Elcock and eventually finished third with a time of 45 minutes eight seconds as Illusion Graphics Fugen had another podium lock out. Forde was fourth (48:58).
In the Junior category, Joshua Kelly just managed to hold on for victory over Kristin Vanderpool over the same distance.
Riding for Team Excel, Kelly (47:09) stopped the clock just 16 seconds ahead of Vanderpool (48:53) who was riding for Illusion Graphics Fugen.
A further minute behind was A Class Battery Golden Wheelers rider, Edwin Sutherland (49:53). Gregory Vanderpool was fourth adrift by over four minutes of third place.
Elcock said that his next event will be this weekend in John T Memorial which takes in Anguilla.(CG)