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Race all about holding on until bitter end

Rain is again in the forecast for Sunday's second Presidents Cup 100-kilometre cycle race which takes in the whole of the Island.

Dominique Mayho and Nicole Mitchell were their respective divisions a year ago, though Mayho, who is in Canada competing, will not be returning to defend his title while Mitchell is doubtful after taking a recent break from competition because of fatigue.

Mayho beat out the field in last year's race which honoured 40 years of Bermuda Bicycle Association presidents, winning in a time of 2hr 40 min 0.832 sec, 37 seconds ahead of second-placed Justin Ferreira, a junior competitor. Mitchell was eleventh overall in 2:45.17.202.

The deadline for entries is this evening and roughly 60 riders are expected to sign up for what is the Island's most gruelling road race.

The race will start at Lindo's family foods in Warwick at 7.30am and take the riders east on Middle Road before turning onto Harbour Road and heading through Hamilton before going through Black Watch Pass towards the East End. After going to Dockyard, the race will finish on Harbour Road near Chapel Road at approximately 10.15am.

“We only have one category and everyone starts together,” said Peter Dunne, the BBA president who expects the likes of Mark Hatherley, Chaquan Richardson, David McComas and Matthew Olivereira to be the main contenders.

“It starts with one big group, women as well, and the race becomes whoever can hang on. Zoenique Williams, if she is in the race, is a person who can most likely do that while Gabby Arnold is already back at school for her cycling team. One can never count out Karen Bordage.”

The race recognises the contribution of the 12 presidents who have led the Bermuda Bicycle Association since its formation in 1972, including Leopold Kuchler, Delano Ingham, David Sabir, Joey Richardson, Carlos DeSilva, Vance Stevens, Jeff Payne, Greg Hopkins, Martin Bolton, Dannielle Bezany and Francois Bertrand.

Taking a break: Mitchell will not be defending her title (Photograph by Mark Tatem/File)

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Published August 21, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 21, 2015 at 1:35 am)

Race all about holding on until bitter end

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