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#430539 - 02/15/12 08:54 AM Pope & Cattouse win Valentine’s Digicell Classic
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Byron Pope (Elite) and Kaya Cattouse (Women) win 17th Annual Valentine’s Digicell Classic


42 riders started, and 25 finished the 80-mile Elite category race on Sunday in the 2012 Valentine’s Digicell Classic, which started from Mile 2, Leslie’s Imports outside Belize City, travelled to the Northern Highway junction at Data Pro, then took the Boom-Hattieville road and on to Mile 30, La Democracia, returning to finish at Mile 2, Leslie’s Imports. Byron Pope (Benny’s Megabytes) won the two-man sprint to the finish, to take 1st place ahead of Edward Reyes (D&D Cycling), both clocking 3 hrs 20 minutes 23 seconds (3:20:23) for an average of 23.95 miles per hour. Two D&D Cycling teammates then followed, with 3rd place going to Kyne Gentle and 4th Richard Vera, both in 3:20:50. 5th was Luigi Urbina (C-Ray Masters) ahead of 6th place Gregory Lovell (Santino’s), both finishing in 3:22:11. A few minutes later, a group of 3 raced in, with 7th place going to Mark Staine (Benny’s Megabytes), 8th Quinton “The Baddest” Hamilton (Santino’s), and 9th George Abraham, Jr. (unattached), all in a time of 3:26:01. Rounding out the top 10 was Allen Castillo (Benny’s Megabytes) in 3:27:05.

Juniors & Youth, Masters Cat 4&5, Women

All the other categories travelled a 50-mile course, starting at the same Mile 2 at Leslie’s Imports, going to the Northern Highway junction at Data Pro, and returning through the Hattieville road to the finish at Mile 2.


Of the 4 women, whose race was ridden separately, Kaya Cattouse repeated her triumph at the Krem New Year’s Classic by again outsprinting her competitors to take top honors in the Women’s Valentine Digicell Classic. Kaya (C-Ray Cycling) finished ahead of her teammate Kirah Eiley (C-Ray Cycling) and 3rd place Shalini Zabaneh (Sagitun), all 3 recording a time of 3:10:49 for a not so fast clip of only 15.72 miles per hour. Shalini’s teammate Maricela Garcia (Sagitun) came in 4th at 3:42:30.


The Junior race ended in a 4-man sprint, and it was Deezan Spence (D&D Cycling) taking 1st place, followed by 2nd Juan Umana (Cayo High Road), 3rd Riis Cattouse (C-Ray Cycling), and 4th Brandon Morgan (C-Ray Cycling), all recording a time of 2:21:48 for a speed of 21.15 miles per hour.

Masters Cat 4&5

Team Santino’s swept the top 4 prizes in the Masters category, with top Masters Ernest “JawMeighan” Meighan (Santino’s) completing the journey along with the top Juniors in 2:21:48 for an overall 4th place finish. 2nd Master was Santino “Chief” Castillo (Santino’s), 3rd Ernest “Danga” Thurton (Santino’s), 4th James Frampton (Santino’s), 5th Kenneth Butler (M&M Engineering), 6th Preston Martinez (M&M Engineering), 7th Ken Gladden (Scotia Bank), and 8th Raymond Hyde (Santino’s), all finishing in 2:26:57. After the race, the Santino’s Masters team “swept the podium” in their brand new “Ride to Victory with Santi” jerseys.


#430897 - 02/20/12 08:27 AM Re: Pope & Cattouse win Valentine’s Digicell Classic [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Byron Pope, Kaya Cattouse & Deezan Spence win annual Valentine’s Day classic

Byron Pope of the Benny's Megabytes team wins elite race.

Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes team won the annual Valentine Day cycling Classic, while Kaya Cattouse of the C-Ray team won the women’s race, Deezan Spence of D&E Cycling team won the junior race and Luigi Urbina of Team Typhoon from Orange Walk won the Masters’s category. Byron Pope completed the 80-mile ride from Leslie’s Imports on the Western Highway to Ready Call at the Burrell Boom junction on the Northern Highway, returning to Hattieville and on to La Democracia before returning to the finish line in Belize City in three hours 20 minutes and 23 seconds to win the $150 first prize, a trophy and a Digicell package.

Eduardo Reyes of the D&D cycling team was immediately behind to take the $100 second prize, a medal and a $50 Digicell card. His teammates, Kyne Gentle and Richard Vera rode in 27 seconds later, with Gentle claiming the $75.00 third prize, a medal and a $50 Digicell card, while Vera picked up the $35.00 fourth prize.

Luigi Urbina of the C-Ray team finishd fifth in three hours 22 minutes and 11 seconds, winning the $25 fifth prize as well as a trophy and a Digicel package as the first masters.

Greg Lovell of Santinos Belize elite team was right behind to place sixth, while Mark Staine of the Benny’s Megabytes took seventh place in three hours 26 minutes and one second. Quinton Hamilton of the Santino’s team finished eighth in the same time and George Abraham Jr, immediately behind, took ninth place. Allen Castillo of Benny’s Megabytes team rounded out the top 10 in three hours 27 minutes and five seconds.

Leroy Cassasola, Jairo Campos and Darnell Barrow took the next three positions with Cassasola finishing in three hours 28 minutes and 34 seconds, while Campos came in 10 seconds later, and Barrow finished in three hours 30 minutes and 31 seconds. Immediately behind him was Brandon Cattouse of the C-Ray team to finish 14th, Angel Tzib rode into 15th place, and Hernan Ochaeta of Santino’s team was 16th.

Erwin Middleton of the Capital City team took 16th place 13 seconds later, while Philip Dawson of Truckers Posse was 17th in three hours 34 minutes and four seconds. Edgar Nissan Arana and Panamanian rider Christian McNish, both of the C-Ray team took 19th and 20th positions. Of the 42 riders who began the race, only 25 finished.

Kira Eiley of the C-Ray team was leading the 50-mile women’s race as they approached the city with Shalini Zabaneh of the Sagitun team hard on her wheel and Eiley’s teammate Kaya Cattouse trailing behind. But Kaya Cattouse won the sprint to the finish line, clocking in three hours 10 minutes and 49 seconds, to win the Digicel package first prize and a trophy, while Eiley took the $50 second prize and a medal. National road champion Shalini Zabaneh won the $25.00 third prize and a medal. Shalini’s teammate Maricela Garcia rode into fourth place in three hours 42 minutes and 30 seconds.

Deezan Spence of the D&D cycling team out-sprinted Juan Umana of Cayo High Road team and Reese Cattouse of the C-Ray team at the finish to win the 50-mile junior race from Leslie’s Imports to the Burrell Boom junction and back in two hours 21 minutes and 48 seconds, claiming a trophy and a Digicel package. Umana and Cattouse got medals for second and third place.

Ernest Meighan of Santino’s Master team finished fourth but was first in the over 35 masters’ category, while Zahir Figueroa of Cayo Uprising finished fifth. Brandon Morgan of the C-ray team took sixth place in the same time.

Oscar Quiros of Cayo Uprising was seventh in two hours 22 minutes and 37 seconds. Giovanni Lovell of the Telemedia team was eighth in two hours 22 minutes and 44 seconds, with Aiden Juan of the Cayo High Road team taking ninth place in the same time.

Santino “Chief” Castillo rounded out the top 10 in two hours 21 minutes and 48 seconds to win first place in the over-45 Masters category, while his teammate Ernest Thurton was 11th overall, the second over-35 Masters to finish. Their teammate, James Frampton was 12th in the same time to be the third over-35 Masters, while Kenneth Butler of the M&M Engineering team was 13th overall, but second in the over-45 Masters’ category. Of the 35 riders who began the race, 22 finished.

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