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Jan 3, 2012

Sports Monday sprints into the New Year

Good evening, I’m James Adderley and welcome to this our 1st issue of Sports Monday for the year 2012.

The New Years Day Cycle Classic as presented by the Belize Cycling Association in collaboration with KREM was the rage this Sunday featuring some 80 riders overall in the various categories. We’re at the start of the elite class at the Belize/Mexico Border in Santa Elena Corozal with 62 riders suited up for the 91.4 mile race that kicks off the New Year. Immediately into the action these 2 riders; Byron Pope and Geovanni Choto, seek to break out of the pack with this particular push—the pelathon at this time deems the move to be insignificant or at least manageable. However, as the duo streak into Corozal Town, it becomes obvious that they’re lead is serious about running away.

Still 3 riders have joined the duo as the race heads into San Pablo. John Delong, Marlon Castillo and Peter Choto are now part of the lead group of 5. things get even more interesting when we checked in on the race outside Orange Walk as 3 more riders have crossed over to expand the lead pack to 8—namely Edward Reyes, now on the pace, Leroy Cassasola and Nissan Arana. For a 2nd year in a row, Nissan Arana seizes the $1000 prize inside Orange Walk Town to the delight of his hometown fans, but for a 2nd year in a row his bid for the overall win would be compromised.

24 seconds later, this chase pack led by Chris Harkey continue their stalking of the lead 8. And they gobbled up Nissan Arana who now bears the telltale signs of an immense struggle to keep up. Around Mile 40, we find the lead pack now featuring: Edward Reyes, Leroy Cassasola, Giovanni Choto, John Delong, Peter Choto and Byron Pope—6 strong. This is when the current record holder of this event, Marlon Castillo attempts to risk a solo flight in a head wind. In 2009, Castillo posted his record time of 3 hours 29 minutes 55 seconds. Castillo speed to his bet solo lead of 2 minutes 47 seconds in his 20 mile run. At Sand Hill, Marlon’s ill-advised run ends after some 20 miles and here he is now labouring in the back of the lead pack now 7 riders strong. Castillo apparently recovers enough to mount this attack around the airport road. But speeding up front is Giovanni Choto who launches his own one man run and would never be caught. And here is Giovanni Choto of Western Spirit winning the 2012 edition of this KREM Classic in 3 hours 43 minutes 10 seconds. The other rider who went wire to wire with Choto, Byron Pope of Benny’s Megabytes, takes 2nd place 31 seconds later. Under 23 rider, Peter Choto, of Western Spirit rolls in for 3rd overall. John Delong of Veloshine Cycling Team settles for 4th while Edward Perez of D & D Cycling rounds out the top 5.

Meanwhile folks, on the ladies side, a major upset was pulled off by Kaya Cattouse of C-Ray in the 55 mile race as she edges the great Shalini Zabaneh in a sprint to claim the New Years 2012 title. Patricia Chavarria beat out Gabrielle Lovell for 3rd place in this one. At master’s level, it was Manuel Herrera Bustos of the Mexican Team; Depredadores with the win, his teammate Carlos Castelan de la Torres took 2nd while Robery Stewart of M & M Engineering rounds out the top 3. In the Junior Class, it was Oscar Quiros Jr. Of Cayo Uprising with the W, Deezan Spence of D & D Cycling took 2nd and Zahir Figueroa of Cayo Uprising rounds out the top 3. The next big event on the Cycling calendar is the Valentine Classic set for February 12th.

Finally folks, the National Volleyball Association will be participating in the World Championship Qualification Tournament and the Central American Championship in both male and female class in 2012. These tryouts will be staged at the Belize City Center on Saturday and Sunday 7th and 8th January and 14th and 15 January. Interested players should contact BVA at

Jah Over all I’m James Adderely.

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