Five cyclists over three categories (Elite & Masters [64 miles], Masters II [55 miles]) competed in the 4th annual Coca Cola Classic Championship of Providenciales. The arduous race commenced at 2.20pm from Long Bay Express service station with all riders pacing themselves for the first few miles.
Cyclist Tyrone Bishop then made a breakaway from the pack and created a sizeable lead which he kept for the remainder of the race.
At 5.21pm, Tyrone (Elite) was first to the finish line to place first in the general classification (GC) and first in the Elite category. Additionally, his win earned him the first cyclist to hold the title of Champion of Providenciales twice. Cyclist Daniel Redmond (Masters) captured second place in the GC and first place in the Masters category and cyclist Kenneth Grant (Masters II) won first in his category. Due to mechanical issues, the other two riders did not finish (DNF).
Speaking on his win Tyrone said, “First I would like to congratulate all my fellow cyclist on a great ride. Every race I learn from myself, from mistakes and try to do better. It was all about strategy for this race, using my strengths where I could make gains and taking risks. No pain, no gain. No risk, no reward. I credit my win to God for giving me the strength to endure to the end, my family, friends and team mates who always support, and of course my wife, who is my personal coach. I feel overwhelmed with joy.”
The 2021 season continues with the Glory of the Green Championship of North and Middle Caicos on August 28 scheduled at 9.00am. This promises to be a spectacular race where Tyrone will once again defend the championship title, this time against powerhouses cyclists Sean Rodgers (Elite) and Friedise Registre (Masters), who has promised to bring the pain.
The Turks & Caicos Cycling Federation wishes to thank our sponsors: Coca Cola, agents for Dasani water and Powerade sports drink; Long Bay Express Service Station for the use of their premises; the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force as traffic escorts to ensure safety to the riders during the event; and the race committee and volunteers who assisted in making this event a success.
Turks & Caicos Cycling Federation is the governing body for the cycling sport in the country. It was established in November 2016 and is registered as a non-profit organization with the Turks & Caicos Islands Financial Services Commission since June 29, 2017.