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Smith Takes Cycling Season Opener

Jan. 13, 2009 – The 2009 Virgin Islands Cycling Federation season opened with the traditional Anything Goes race. The race, which is unique to St. Croix, includes only starting and finishing locations, with the routes between to be determined by each individual rider.
It started on Sunday on the North Shore Road at the base of the LaValle Hill, and finished at the north end of Emancipation Drive in Frederiksted. Road riders, mountain bikers and cyclocross bikes all graced the starting line. In 2008 the race was won on a road bike, and this year, mountain bikers were anxious to take back the crown.
Thirty-two riders started, with the majority heading for the Beast. Tim Smith was the only mountain biker who was able to keep up with the roadies at the top of the climb, and he turned west on Scenic Road with a one-minute lead over fellow dirt riders John Riggs and Tom Guthrie. Smith continued to open up his lead on the course, which featured over 1000 vertical feet of climbing, and won easily in a new race record of 38:31. Riggs held on for second place in 40:42, with Guthrie third in 43:20. Jonathan Cruz and Apolinar Acevedo were the first skinny-tire finishers, in fifth and sixth respectively, in 45:13.
The next race will be the East End Time Trial on Jan. 18, starting at 7 a.m., at Chicken Charlie's.
Anything Goes No. 1
La Valle to Ham's Bay, January 11, Host: Twin City
1. Tim Smith 38:31 mtb
2. John Riggs 40:42 mtb
3. Tom Guthrie 43:20 mtb
4. Alec Kloss 44:59 mtb
5. Jonathan Cruz 45:13
6. Apolinar Acevedo 45:13
7. Troy Holloway 47:25 mtb
8. Narian Gentius 49:23
9. Richard Jeanpierre 49:24
10. Glenn Massiah 50:32
11. David Nowack 51:16
12. Nelson Rojas 52:23
13. James Meyers 52:23
14. Marius Modeste 53:43
15. Scott Fricks 54:52
16. Norris Hobson 55:18
17. Robert Grob 56:33
18. Julie Sommer 56:41
19. Sara Gambee 56:41
20. Carol Murphy 56:41
21. Ernst Schuster 59:08
22. Yves Abraham 59:09
23. Fred Flint 1:00:01 mtb
24. Brad Chaffee 1:00:56 mtb
25. Mark Kennedy 1:01:17
26. Marius Louis 1:06:55
27. Joe Aimable 1:06:58
28. Paul Gillette 1:08:37
29. Steve Wilson 1:09:30
30. Gary Jett 1:17:15 mtb
31. Janet Jeanpierre 1:20:07
32. Patricia Ramon 1:22:24

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