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Sinclair Packwood race wide open, says Williams

In contention: Zoenique Williams

Zoenique Williams believes the women’s Sinclair Packwood Memorial Race is “wide open” with at least four riders capable of claiming the title.

Williams, who won the race in 2014 and 2015, has identified Nicole Mitchell, Alyssa Rowse and newcomer Caitlin Conyers as the main contenders in tomorrow’s race from Somerset to Cedar Avenue.

“It’s anybody’s race,” said Williams, of Winners Edge. “Nicole, Alyssa and Caitlin are all going to be strong. Anything can happen and it’s often the person you don’t expect to win that does it.”

Williams said she has no expectations but believes she is in solid form after encouraging performances in the Butterfield Bermuda Grand Prix and the Winners Edge Road Race, the first race of the season, last month.

The 33-year-old placed fourth in that race, competing in the men’s B division along with Mitchell and Rowse.

“I’m in pretty good shape,” she said. “I don’t really have any expectations. It’s Bermuda’s biggest race despite being the shortest. It should be very exciting with people lining the streets and cheering.”

Williams will not be attempting to qualify for this year’s Caribbean Cycling Championships as she will be Bermuda’s chef de mission at Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October.

“I’m just racing for fun as I know I’m not going to be competing in the CCCs this year,” she said. “I don’t need to go overseas to qualify.”

• For tomorrow’s start list click on the PDF link under “Related Media”