Joel Borland, Champion
Joel Borland of the INDECO team won the 2011 Junior Cross Country Cycling Classic held under the auspices of the Belize Cycling Association on the Western Highway from the San Jose Succotz ferry to Belize City on Sunday, April 3.
Borland clocked three hours 56 minutes and 21 seconds on his 70-mile ride and out-sprinted Juan Umana and Kyle Gentle of the Cayo High Road, and Austin Armstrong of the Twin Towns cycling team to take the garland.
With his victory Borland won the $300 first prize and the winner’s trophy from the Belize Cycling Association and a $100 prize donated by the Butler family. He also received the champion’s garland donated by Florasol, a gift basket and a case of fruit juice donated by Grace Kennedy.
Juan Umana won the $200 second prize and a trophy donated by Atlantic Insurance and a gift basket and a case of fruit juice donated by Grace Kennedy.
Umana’s teammate Kyle Gentle won the $100 third prize donated by Plus TV and trophy from the Association, as well as a gift basket and a case of fruit juice from Grace Kennedy.
Austin Armstrong was also in that final sprint and he received a medal from Jea McFadzean, who also presented medals to the top 10 finishers, and a case of juice.
Giovanni Lovell of team INDECO clocked three hours 56 minutes and 35 seconds as he finished fifth, but he was first in the Youth category and received a $200 prize and a trophy donated by Elena Morgan
Oscar Quiros of the Cayo Uprising team clocked three hours 56 minutes and 57 seconds to finish sixth, but he was second among the youths to win a $100 prize and a trophy donated by Emil Figueroa
Aiden Juan of Cayo High Road clocked four hours seven minutes and 49 seconds as he sprinted for 11th place but he was third among the Youths to win a $50 prize and a trophy donated by Atlantic Insurance.
Wasani Castro of the Clear Di Land cycling team was seventh in four hours two minutes and 43 seconds; while Reese Cattouse of the C-Ray team overcame leg cramps in the final mile to finish eighth in four hours three minutes and 10 seconds.
Gian Zetina of the Cayo Uprising team was ninth in four hours three minutes and 54 seconds.
Juan Cuellar Samos led the sprint for 10th place in four hours seven minutes and 49 seconds, while Zetina’s teammates, Christopher Sandoval, Zahir Figueroa and Justin Wade were also in that sprint to take 12th, 13th and 14th places. Eldon Simmons of M&M Engineering finished 15th in four hours eight minutes and six seconds
Jea McFadzean also presented medals to all the participating cyclists of the C-Ray, Clear the Land, Indeco, M & M Engineering, Twin Towns, Cayo Uprising and Cayo High Road teams.
Zahir Figueroa had led the race to win the first $50 prize at the Cial Hill and another $50 from Cleanmaster Systems at mile 69 and a half.
Dalvin Cowo of Cayo High Road took over to win a mattress in front of the Log Cabins and a $50 prize at Framdini Farm.
Steven Castañeda won a $100 prize from Joseph Freight then Cowo took the next $100 prize passing the Texaco Station on the Benque road.
Brandon Guzman took over the pace to win a $100 prize from Belize Bank passing the manager’s residence, and another $10 prize at the San Ignacio Police Station.
Cowo took over the pace after crossing the Hawkesworth bridge entering Santa Elena to win a $100 prize at the Public Works Depot and a $50 prize from Cayo Cargo.
Jared Flowers surged ahead to win the $100 prize at the Captain Nicholas Seawright Monument and another $50 prize at the Red Creek Bridge.
Zahir Figueroa was still on the pace as he passed the Esperanza Softball Field to win a $50 prize sponsored by former Minister of Sports Hon. Elvin Penner; and Dalvin Cowo won a $100 prize offered by Isuara Williams in memory of Kristopher Chuc at Central Farm
Zahir Figueroa won a $30 gift certificate at the Georgeville junction with the Mountain Pine Ridge Road and a $200 prize from Pine Lumber in Georgeville.
Jared Flowers took over to win the next $50 prize at the Mile 59 Superstore, then it was Giovanni Lovell surging ahead to win a $150 prize at the Garbutt’s Service Station in Roaring Creek Village while Steven Castañeda won the $75 second prize.
Lovell won the next $100 station prize offered by the Borland family at the George Price Boulevard junction and swept the next tree station prizes including a $75 prize at the Belize Zoo.
Austin Armstrong was on the pace to win a $50 prize at mile 25, then Borland came to the fore to win a gift basket at mile 18.
Juan Umana won a $25 prize in Bainesville and was still on the pace to win a $50 prize passing the Hattieville Old Folk’s home. Oscar Quiros led at Mile 8 to win a gift basket, but Giovanni Lovell was back on the pace passing Old Belize Museum and up to mile 2.The Reporter