Oshane Williams wins MoBay Bike-A-Thon
Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Cornwall Cycling Club's Oshane Williams won the 18th staging of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East and the Jamaica Cycling Federation Bike-A-Thon on Sunday.
Williams, who represents Jamaica on the international circuit, competed in the professional category and crossed the finish line in a time of 1:37:39 seconds, beating Marlon Rodman and another national representative and Cornwall Cycling Club teammate, Sheldon Pellington, who placed third in the event that drew more than 300 participants.
The elite racers rode from Fairview in Montego Bay to Lucea in Hanover and back, travelling a distance of 42 miles.
Williams stayed close to the early leaders before making a break for the front a fair distance out, which he held until he crossed the finish line.
"This year, it was a very exciting and interesting event and, of course, the riders exceeded our expectation. Well over 300 riders took part, making it a truly competitive Bike-A-Thon," said Dr Hermes Madu, Bike-A-Thon chairman and former president of Rotary Club Montego Bay East.
Gary Smith proved unbeatable in the Masters category, upstaging Martin Dennis of Cornwall Cycling Club to win his race spanning 42 miles from Fairview to Lucea and back. Donald Davis eased across the winning post in third.
It was a tough ride for the women, but in the end Bianca Hernould of Cutters Cycling Club displayed steely nerves to win ahead of Elisabeth Mondon. Ina Daley was third.
Meanwhile, Owen Cardoza took the junior category after holding off national representative Marloe Rodman. Cardoza won in 50 minutes and 42 seconds, with Rodman relegated to second and Jemar Brissett third in a thrilling race.
Funds raised by the Bike-A-Thon will go towards scholarships for students to attend tertiary institutions across western Jamaica.
"We are to have our meeting this Thursday, when we will know how much money was raised for the scholarships," noted Dr Madu.