It was an exciting morning in Estate Bethlehem, St. Croix, as the Virgin Islands Cycling Federation celebrated Olympic month with a bike race. Cycling has been an official Olympic sport since the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. On Sunday, 31 cyclists took part in the Ride To The Rings Road Race, which was sponsored by the Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) and held in front of its headquarters. The course took cyclists northeast to Glynn, then to Midland Road, on to Caspar Holstein Drive, then back again to VING Headquarters to complete the 4.5-mile lap.
The small Elite field stuck together for the first five laps of their 45-mile race. Two cyclists dropped off the back of the pack, leaving the three fastest in the game. It came down to the final corner on the 10th and final lap when Stephen Swanton, Alex Betancourt and Joey Swanson had to decide the finishing order. With all of his might, Swanton dug deep to cross one second ahead of Betancourt and Swanson in a time of 2:11:45. With a video rolling at the finish line, race officials determined that Betancourt nudged out Swanson for second place.
A tight finish took place in the Expert field as well. The top six riders finished the 36-mile race within 4 seconds of the leader, David Defour, who finished in 1:52:43. Jerry Remy and Ralph Bartlett were second and third, respectively, with the same finish time of 1:52:45 for 8 laps.
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