Dominican Republic’s Euris Vidale claimed the Beacon Cycling on D Avenue 2 main event, on Wednesday night, at the famous Ariapita Avenue liming strip in Woodbrook.
In a sprint finish, Vidale of Team Foundation outpaced multiple national road race champion Emile Abraham, representing Team Predator, to comfortably win by a bike length in front of hundreds of spectators towards the western end of the Avenue.
Vidale made sure his country kept the main titles after his countryman Raphael Meran claimed the Tobago International Cycling Classic on the weekend. Meran, a Team Foundation member, copped third spot on Wednesday
Vidale timed his sprint perfectly in the 36-lap curtain-dropping event, the main attraction of the night’s activities, storming home in front of a lively crowd.
His team took home the most valuable prime on lap 33 of the 1.2km circuit—the $4,700 prime for being the first to complete that lap. But after a hectic start that saw leaders trading places over the majority of the race, Vidale and Meran settled in the lead pack and judged their pace carefully with Abraham stalking them stealthily.
The race developed with more trading of lead cyclists especially with riders motivated by prime laps. But after the 33rd lap, the race became a tactical jostling for position in the main bunch. With Abraham, Meran and Vidale involved in an eight-man lead pack going into the final lap, the riders picked up the pedal rates and rpms and by the time they had circled on to the top of the Maraval Parkway it was a dash for home.
It was a dash that Vidale claimed triumphantly. He fist-pumped both hands in the air after crossing the start/finish line in front of Mike’s Bikes and More Vino.
Open 36-lap: 1. Euris Vidale (Team Foundation) 2. Emile Abraham (Team Predator) 3. Raphael Meran (Team Foundation) 4. Darren Matthews (Team Trek) 5. Nicklas Pedersen (Team PSL), 6. Philip Clarke (Heatwave)
Standing 200m Sprint Invitational: 1. Justin Roberts (Team DPS) 2. Kerron Bramble (Sonics) 3. Jude Codrington (Team DPS)
Ladies 4-lap: 1. Keina Lester (Bike Smith) 2. Dahlia Palmer (Sonics) 3. Christiane Farah (FLOW)
Juniors 4-lap: 1. Jerron Lubon (Southampton) 2. Tyrell (Southampton) 3. Justin Roberts (Team DPS)
Masters 40+ 4-lap: 1. Roger Smart (Madonna) 2. Roger Simon (Knight Riders) 3. Andrew Chang (Team Trek)
Masters 50+ 4-lap: 1. Robin Samuel (Team Trek) 2. Wayne Samuel (Southclaine) 3. Courtney mark (Corkie’s Casual)
Juveniles 4-lap: 1. Kristoff Frontin (Sonics) 2. Tyler Cole (Sonics) 3. Ramon Belmonte (Petrotrin Sports)
Masters 60+: 1.Earl Mc Leod (Heatwave) 2. Kent Luces (Sonics) 3. Pat Nelson (Team Trek)