Marloe Rodman won the second edition of the Devil's Wood Yard Cycle Road Race when he was first home in the Elite Open five-lap event at the Devil's Wood Yard National Park in Princes Town on Sunday.
The Jamaican cyclist, who rides for local club Rafmon Mecalfab, completed the event in one hour and 35 minutes over an undulating eight-mile circuit that began at the National Park and took the cyclists through George Village, New Grant and back to the starting point.
Two miles into the first lap, Rodman initiated a break that saw Linford Blackwood latch onto his rear wheel in an attempt to cover the move. The pair quickly opened a 52-second advantage on the chasing peloton that had Olympian Njisane Phillip tucked away in the middle of it.
On lap two, a four-man contingent of Roger Smart, Jason Perryman, Jamol Eastman and Barry Luces broke from the main pack and took up the chase. They were able to build a 20-second edge on the peloton but were still half-a-minute adrift of the leading pair.
As the race progressed, Team Trek's Warren McKay would make a solo burst midway through the third lap that saw him reconnect with the four riders that were still trying to reel in Rodman and Blackwood.
Meanwhile, at the head of affairs, Rodman would drop Blackwood on the penultimate lap to come home unchallenged in a gritty ride. McKay would snatch second ahead of Eastman and Blackwood in a sprint for the minor placing, while Smart, who finished fifth overall, took the prize for the top 40-plus rider.
Another gritty performance came from national juvenile champion Akil Campbell in the two-lap event for Juveniles riders.
The Rigtech Sonics rider and Kassim Charles-Walcott of Degree Madonna separated themselves from their rivals from the get go, and the duo would engage in a battle for top honours throughout the course of the race. However, it was Campbell who proved to be the stronger of the two in coming home a comfortable winner.
Degree Madonna would cop the minor positions as their riders Walcott, Emmanuel Watson and Risaan Best-Jiminez were second, third and fourth, respectively.
In the one-lap event for female riders, a patient ride by Joy Abigail-John saw the Arima Wheelers cyclist capture top spot.
John sat in the bunch content to let Rafmon Mecalfab's Louise Smart do all the hard work upfront. As the riders took the final turn for home, John would switch gears to hit the finish line ahead of Dahlia Palmer of Rigtech Sonics and Smart, in that order.
And in the one-lap event for members of the community, Gary Woods showed he had some potential when he easily finished ahead of Brandon Lewis and Aaron Pascall.
Sunday's events were organised by Councillor Jules Downing of the PrincesTown Regional Corporation in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation.
Elite Open 5-lap:
1. Marloe Rodman (Rafmon Mecalfab) 2. Warren McKay (Team Trek) 3. Jamol Eastman (Rafmon Mecalfab)
1. Urba Bourne (Southampton) 2. Samuel Alleyne (Sonics) 3. Oludare Marcelle (Madonna)
1. Akil Campbell (Sonics) 2. Kassim Charles-Walcott (Madonna) 3. Emmanuel Watson (Madonna)
1. Joy Abigail-John (Arima Wheelers) 2. Dahlia Palmer (Sonics) 3. Louise Smart (Rafmon)
Masters 40+ 5-lap:
1. Roger Smart (Madonna) 2. Curtis Juteram (Team Trek) 3. Ancil Roberts (Sonics)
Community Race 1-lap:
1. Gary Woods 2. Brandon Lewis 3. Aaron Pascall