UPDATE: Antiguan athlete triumphs at OECS Cycling Competition 2017 (video and full results)

Jyme Bridges approaching the finish line with Andrew Norbert close behind. Photo compliments Robert T. M. Tonge Facebook page.

Athlete Jyme Bridges, from Antigua and Barbuda, has won the OECS Cycling Competition 2017, after traversing a distance of over ninety kilometres from the Pottersville Savannah to the Cabrits then back to the Pottersville Savannah in three hours, twenty-nine point three zero seconds (3.00:29.30)

Dominica’s participants, Bram Sanderson and Chester (Daddy Chess) Letang came in at positions 16 and 20 respectively.

The top five cyclists are listed below:

First place- Jyme Bridges of Antigua and Barbuda

Second place- Andrew Norbert of St. Lucia

Third place- Marvin Spencer of Antigua and Barbuda

Fourth place- Jeffery Kelsick of Antigua and Barbuda

Fifth place- Emmanuel Gayral of Antigua and Barbuda

View video of winner below.

The full results of the event are listed below.

Download (PDF, 516KB)

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  1. M G
    July 4, 2017

    Please note the article read 90km not miles. That is like 60 miles. Added to that it was raining which was not ideal for going downhill around corners.

  2. lougawo
    July 3, 2017

    Gana buy a bike start trainin now next race i in dat

  3. My take
    July 3, 2017

    A cycling event could have taken place in Dominica many years ago when a young chap, last name Morehouse, (his mother is Dominican ) presented a proposal for a cross country cycling challenge.

    Lo and behold, it fell on deaf ears, as we have a bad habit here that insinuates such proposals should only come from the followers of the ‘powers that be.’

    Let that fact be known.

  4. Dominican Passports
    July 3, 2017

    D/a fellaz always talking about they have Bicycle on lock, all them mountains we have to pedal up and down and all you still coming out last kakarat? #DACURSE

    • bramme
      July 4, 2017

      :lol: let me see how u will do next year just start training now . when u on a bike then u can talk!

  5. Really
    July 3, 2017

    Good to hear it from an outsider that “you have very good roads” this is always the case comparsd to others in the caribbean.Barbados is terrible!!

    • concern citizen
      July 3, 2017

      Good road in that part of D/ca, but when U take the interior where the farmers need their Farm Roads, and the Majority of the Roads in D/ca is terrible except for that little bit!

  6. Real truth
    July 3, 2017


  7. Me
    July 3, 2017

    Excellent job to Antiguan Marvin Spencer. From your colleagues at the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank in Antigua. Very good effort to all the athletes.

  8. confused
    July 3, 2017

    Antigua is quite flat and there are 4 of them in the top 5. DA 16th and 20th. Training strategies needs changing. Awa.

    Thanks trying

    • Dominican
      July 3, 2017

      Give our guys a chance. If anything, our rugged terrain should help with with endurance training. They just have to go out on the road more often . every day if possible, if the are to reach international standards. But I am very encouraged by this development. Perhaps we could organise a cycle cross next time. I think that our topography is ideally suited for this and such an event would give good exposure of our natural beauty. Well done to everyone involved in this.

    • almost ex_Sports man
      July 3, 2017

      My Friend, remember when it comes competitive cycling we are like infants or toddlers lets say. We are brand new to the sport and when it comes for improvement the sky is the limit for us. We did very well and i want to say so and congratulate all those involved. Including the spectators. It it true that our terrain is much more challenging and we supposed to have home advantage…but not when it come to professional cyclists. TRAINING, EQUIPMENT and EXPERIENCE count too. And as in everything else, $$$$$ and sponsorship counts also. So all in all our guys performed well. It was their first time. And if all goes well, next time we coming Harder and better for sure. We can feel it.

  9. Yam
    July 2, 2017

    DNO Jeffery Kelsic is a Dominican, but maybe cycling for Antigua

  10. Roger Burnett
    July 2, 2017

    “…after traversing a distance of over ninety miles (sic) from the Pottersville Savannah to the Cabrits then back to the Pottersville Savannah…”

    It might have seemed like ninety but it’s more like fifty. Congratulations nevertheless.

    • Titiwi
      July 3, 2017

      Roger, I think they confused miles with kilometers. The driving distance from Roseau is just over 33 miles, say 45 kms. That would make the return trip 90 kms, not miles. This would be an understandable mistake in our country where most of us are familiar with miles, although some distances are now also marked in kms. It can get confusing, especially with the a lack of proper signage in Roseau.

      • Roger Burnett
        July 5, 2017

        You’re quite right Titiwi. Dominica has never officially switched to metric for distance measurement, hence the confusion with road signs and distances.

  11. budman
    July 2, 2017

    dem fellas in Antigua can ride bike, boy!

  12. July 2, 2017

    Congratulations Dominica on hosting this event.
    This should be the beginning of great cycling events for Dominica.
    Why?> because we have the perfect roads for cycling.

  13. July 2, 2017

    All the participates from Dominica need some blows.what a shame

    • Toto
      July 3, 2017

      No, they need encouragement. I look forward to see the first Dominican rider in the Tour de France. Why not, we should think big. That would be far better than only be known for selling passports.

    • We deserve better
      July 3, 2017

      Can you rise to the occasion and do better? If so, sign up and let action speak. They guys will get better and come back stronger next competition

  14. That's fast
    July 2, 2017

    Lol that bycicle had a Moto or wha?

  15. Shaka Zulu
    July 2, 2017

    More of this needs to be done.

  16. July 2, 2017

    That was a wonderful event hope we can make it an annual event, and have more participants from more countries.

    • Ba Yo Bwa
      July 3, 2017

      My sentiments, exactly. The winner had a lot of good things to say about the course, for example, and how it is good for training future professional cyclists from da. We should be listening. We’d do well to harness the opportunity provided for turning da into the mecxa of international cycling.

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