IRF Natural Resource Analyst Jean Pierre Bacle wins another VI race . . .
- Sandra Tate faxed us this article from the Virgin Islands Daily News
-- it should be noted that in addition to being a top-notch cyclist,
Jean Pierre is also a long distance runner who has won races in the
US and BVI, and he has been a world-ranked bi-athalon competitor
(that's a competition that combines running and cycling . .
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>Bacle's birthday present to himself: BVI Cycling Federation season finale win--
>By DEAN GREENAWAY
>Monday, September 19th 2005
>TORTOLA - Jean Pierre Bacle turned back St. Croix's Juancito Gario
>and the BVI's Neil Thomas to win Sunday's BVI Cycling Federation's
>season finale, an 18K time trial from Clarence Thomas Ltd., on
>Wickhams Cay II, to West End and return.
>"I offered myself a present because I'm turning 55 in two days and I
>was really motivated," said Bacle who had a winning time of 52
>minutes, 02 seconds. Gario followed in 52:26 and Thomas in 52:44. "I
>said, 'This is it, this is going to be my only chance to grab
>first.' I only had two guys in mind, Neil and Gario, and I knew they
>were going to be pretty fast, but I had the motivation."
>Bacle said he was focused on staying just below his lactic acid
>threshold, being consistent, staying on the drop bars while
>tolerating the pain and concentrating on himself. "It went well
>today, just super," he said. "The only unfortunate thing was that I
>dropped my water bottle in Sea Cows Bay on my way to West End. I
>didn't have anything to drink and I sort of panicked. Then I said,
>'I really have to watch my speed here' because I don't carry a heart
>rate monitor or anything. I just focus on how I feel."
>Gario said the race was hard, particularly the upwind on the return
>leg. "I was hoping that I would have the advantage upwind, but
>apparently I lost about 20 something seconds coming back," he said.
>"I came here to represent my team, STX 340. I don't know how I'm
>going to break the news to them," he added. "But, I'll be back in
>two weeks for the Jason Bally Race."
>Thomas said the race was "lovely." "It was a lot of competition. I
>was trying to beat my time from last year and I did by a couple
>seconds," he said. "I wasn't in it for the victory or position. I
>knew those guys came for me - with all their ammunition - but my
>focus was on time."
>Federation president David Thomas said he was happy with the race
>but was disappointed with the turnout. "I wish we had a lot more
>people, but the turnouts this year have been really bad and it has
>been sad to see people haven't been coming out racing," he said.
>"But, it will be different next year because we will be changing the
>format for the championship season. Everybody who didn't take
>advantage of it this year will be sorry next year."
>1. Jean Pierre Bacle, 52 minutes, 02 seconds. 2. Juancito Gario,
>52:26. 3. Neil Thomas, 52:44. 4. Darel Christopher, Sr., 53:07. 5.
>Andrew Thompson, 54:47. 6. Jaron Maduro, 57:34. 7. David Thomas,
>59:50. 8. Eldon Solomon, 1:00.09. 9. Darel Christopher Jr., 1:00.18.
>10. Mark Smith, 1:00.55. 11. Jim Cullimore, 1:02.44. 12. Sam Tucker,
>1:03.17. 13. Mathew Collins, 1:06.23. 14. Olympia Fahie, 1:08.57.
>15. Tom Merrigan, 1:11.36.
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