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NPCA to stage annual road race this Sunday

  • A number of cyclists have already registered to compete in the New Providence Cycling Association road race, set for this Sunday starting at 8 a.m. on Blake Road. FILE PHOTO

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: May 03, 2012

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The month of May is expected to be a grueling one for cyclists and members of the New Providence Cycling Association (NPCA). The loaded calendar of events will not only test the strength of local cyclists but will also feed their need for speed.

On Sunday the association will kick off its annual NPCA road race, starting on Blake Road at 8 a.m. The 35-mile route, according to president of the association Barron Musgrove, is the toughest ride to be held this year.

He said: “What we have been doing with our road races is changing the routes to give the cyclists a different look and make it a little more competitive. This route is tough. You have hills and several roundabouts where the handling skills will come into effect. There are some long roads. Riding on the open roads, it allows cyclists to demonstrate their speed. Something I think they all love to do.”

Cyclists will ride out off eight divisions inclusive of the open men’s and women’s divisions, open masters (starting at age 40), novice division, 17-and-over division and the junior division (under-17).

This weekend’s race is the third to be held this year. On the schedule, it is listed as the fifth race, but due to inclement weather over the past two weekends, all races scheduled for that time were postponed. The new dates for the two races were not released by Musgrove. He stated that they will be worked in shortly.

“This would have been the third road race but the weather over the last two weeks didn’t permit for that. We were unable to stage those races and as a result we lost two weeks of racing. We are hoping that the weather permits for us to have this race and then we will go into our time trials next week. In two or three weeks is the big championship weekend. We will continue to have more road races as we move into the national championships. The time trials usually compensate for the road races, that we might not be able to re-schedule.”

The number of participants is already up despite the change in the route. Over the years the road races were held on the Cable Beach strip and were then moved out to the Clifton Pier area. This time around, the executive members decided to host the races in stages, working their way out to the Clifton Pier site.

“Our next road race will be in that area (Clifton Pier) which will be the New Providence Championships,” said Musgrove. “Switching up, what it does is give cyclists a new look and route so they can enhance their skills. So far the feedback on the new route is good. They said they love the new route – that it helps them to hone their skills, especially when it comes to navigating. That has been very interesting. We plan to continue to change up the routes and use the different areas as best as we can. It brings a little bit more excitement to the route because it is limited where we can actually race. The challenge for us, as the area continues to be developed, is to maneuver through the new paths.”

Musgrove encourages all interested persons to come out on Sunday. He said that the mapped out route is designed for all, including novice riders.

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