Digicel brand marketing manager, Reshima Kelly-Williams (left), has the attention of race organiser Carlton Simmonds during the launch of the inaugural Jamaican International Cycling Classic at the Toyota Jamaica showroom on Old Hope Road, St Andrew on Thursday, March 24, 2022.
The inaugural Jamaican International Cycling Classic is set to take place from April 1 – 3 in Montego Bay, St James.
This follows the official launch of the event at the Toyota Jamaica showroom on Old Hope Road, St Andrew on Thursday.
For organiser, Simmonds High Velocity Club, the ambition is that the classic will eventually become the Tour de France of the Caribbean. The organiser is also expecting the meet to attract elite cyclists from across the Caribbean region and the United States.
“We want this to be a landmark event for cycling like what Champs [Boys and Girls Athletics Championship] is to athletics,” said club founder and former national team coach, Carlton Simmonds. Sponsors’ representatives pose for a photo with race organisers. He cited that in recent years “the already high standard of our cyclists has increased significantly along with the number of people cycling”.
“But there was a gap and [an] opportunity to fill in the Caribbean cycling calendar to help our athletes achieve their best, and to prepare them for competitive events like the Pan American Games, British Commonwealth Games, and indeed the Olympics,” Simmonds explained.
“We have every confidence that cyclists and spectators will have a great time and, with an expectation of around 150 cyclists for our first […]