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Dunne expects close contest in Grand Prix

Bermuda Bicycle Association (BBA) president Peter Dunne is anxious to see who claims victory in this year’s Butterfield Bermuda Grand Prix over the next three days.

Last year saw Dominique Mayho crowned king of the Island’s roads after winning all three stages of the GP.

Mayho won the St George’s time trial, the GP circuit at Southside and the criterium race in Hamilton yesterday, finishing in a total time of two hours, 37 minutes, 43 seconds to claim top honours.

Mark Hatherley (2:37:48) and Darren Glasford (2:37:51) rounded out the top three in the Male ‘A’ Division.

Kristyn Robinson (1:43:56) won the Female Open category.

With everyone primed and ready for the weekend, Dunne is expecting a fast and intense trio of races.

“Among the top competitors in this year’s race looking to win the Grand Prix will be those seeking selection for the NatWest Island Games cycling team, including Dominique Mayho, Shannon Lawrence, Mark Hatherley,” said Dunne. “The Male ‘A’ field is comprised of 35 riders, including the Pro City team from British Columbia.

“The Male ‘B’ title will be 42 strong and the Open Female category will see 15 competitors vying for the title.

“Favourites in the women's race are Belinda Castree, Earlena Ingham and Heather Roque with the women from Pro City adding unknown elements to the racing, while it’s anyone’s race in the male categories.”

The Grand Prix will comprise of three races over the three days, beginning tonight with the St George’s time trial.

Tomorrow will see the riders travel to St David’s for the circuit race, beginning at 7.45am for the Male ‘A’ riders and ending with the junior female and male races.

The final hurdle of the Grand Prix will be the Hamilton Criterium, in which each category rides the course for their required period of time before ending with one final lap after their allocated time is finished.

Time for Sunday’s start is 9am.

Cycling action starts Friday evening at 6pm in St George’s, with a brief hill climb along Kent Street and past the Unfinished Church into the old town being the first of three stages over the weekend.

Tomorrow’s stage is a circuit in St David's, venturing out to the roundabout by to Kindley Field and looping back through St David's Road to Clearwater.

Sunday's action is in Hamilton with a criterium which takes in Front Street, Par-la-Ville Road, Queen Street and Reid Street.

The shortest time of all three events determines the overall winner.

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Published April 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm)

Dunne expects close contest in Grand Prix

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