By Anastasha Elliott
Team Nevis — Nevis Cycling Triathlon Club — has done Cable and Wireless proud, said Claudette Walwyn, Marketing Executive of Cable and Wireless in Nevis.
The Telecommunications Company on May 10 formally announced that it would fully sponsor the club for the next three years.
That day, Laverne Caines, Cable & Wireless Vice President of Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager, presented the team with a cheque for $7,000 — the first installment — and provided the team with brand new riding gear to advertise their product.
On that day the club was celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Eleven days later the team headed to Tobago to participate in the second annual Rainbow Cup Triathlon, decked out in their new bmobile uniforms.
The team made an impact, before the start of the event, in their bmobile colours.
The members of the team who participated in the event were James Weekes, Keith Jones, Winston Crooke and Greg Phillip.
Weekes and Jones entered the Olympic age group division, and Crooke and Phillip entered the Sprint age group division of the triathlon event.
Athletes participating in the event came from England, Canada, the USA, as well as regional representatives from Barbados, Trinidad, Grenada and Nevis. A group of under 16-years-old juniors, demonstrating the future of the sport, also participated in the event.
The Sprint age group division athletes were the first riders on the road including the Junior Elite Sprint division.
This section of the event started with a 750-meter swim at Grafton Beach Bay. Crooke came out of the water half way down the pack with Phillip not too far behind.
This was the third sprint event that Phillip was participating in.
Following the swim it was onto the teams’ strongest discipline, the bike ride, which they took advantage of and placed themselves in excellent finishing positions.
Following the bike ride it was on to the run section at the end of which Crooke was in second place position, with only five members of the Sprint Junior Elites and another athlete in his category ahead of him.
He also placed first in his 40 to 49 age group.
Meanwhile Phillip placed second in his 30 to 39 age group.
It was then time for the Olympic event, which involved the athletes coming out of the water at the end of the first lap, rounding a mark, and then heading back into the ocean to finish.
This was followed by a four-lap 40 km rolling course. Jones had the third fastest bike time in this section. Weekes was several minutes behind him. The two men finished in fourth and fifth place. Weekes held a three-minute lead over Jones.
It was then down to the run.
At the end of the two-lap 10 km course both men were first and second in their 30 to 39 age group, and fifth and sixth overall.
The groups’ website said that the performance of both men was remarkable, particularly for Jones who is not a good swimmer.
“But he demonstrated that it is not over until it is over,” the Web site said.
According to the site the day proved to be a great one for the team and also their sponsor bmobile..
“They proved once more that they are a force to be reckoned with in Caribbean Triathlon,” said the site.