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Kingston Criterium on April 17

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 3:00 AM

KINGSTON:

The 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cycling Federation's (JCF) Kingston Criterium will take over the streets of downtown Kingston on Sunday, April 17 as the picturesque Kingston waterfront will provide the backdrop for an intense day of cycling.

Action is scheduled to run from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., with registration set to begin at 11 a.m. The event is free to the public.

Some of Jamaica's finest riders, including 2014 Commonwealth Games representative Marloe Rodman and former national Oneil Samuels are among the participants.

"We are expecting a very exciting event," said Dr Wayne Palmer, head of the JCF Race Committee and overseer for the 2016 Kingston Criterium. "I think this has the potential to be one the most entertaining events undertaken by the federation in recent years. The Criterium event is usually one which is filled with thrills and daring racing manoeuvres, and that leads to a very enjoyable event from a viewing perspective."

The Kingston Criterium is a closed-circuit event, which will see cyclists racing several laps to complete a race. The events will be contested based on categories, including women's and men's elite, masters and juniors. In addition to the respective categories, there will also be a kids' sprint.

The circuit comprises parts of Ocean Boulevard, Orange Street and Port Royal Street. There is also expected to be an all comers 'Rambo Race', which will be a cash prize race for anyone brave enough to enter.