Posted: Monday, April 22, 2019. 5:26 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: In the bitter aftermath of Saturday’s disappointing results, much blame has been thrown around at Belizean cyclists’ inability to defend home soil in the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic.
Now the former two-time (2015 and 2018) champion, Belizean-American Justin Williams of Los Angeles, has thrown more fuel on the fire by threatening not to return for next year’s race.
According to Williams, he and his brother “feel slighted by the Cycling Federation of Belize” and want a proper team around them to help us fight for the garland.”
Speaking on social media, Williams praised his brother’s sixth-place finish, saying “he made a beautiful bridge to the winning break in the final 20 miles. Unfortunately, he was in the hardest position a rider can be in, facing all three of the Guatemalan riders alone.” Of himself, he simply said, “Hard day on the bike at this year’s Cross Country Classic. My form wasn’t where it was last year but I gave my all.”
Williams says he and brother Corey Williams have been exposed to unfair odds and lists among his grievances that they do not qualify for Belizean station prizes because they are not licensed in Belize, but are not allowed foreign riders on their team, similar to Belizean cycling teams.
Worryingly, Williams says he “still [hasn’t] seen some of my prizes from my first (2015) and second (2018) Cross Country Championships including the land I was promised. So enough is enough.”
Williams ends by saluting his fellow riders and maintains that he is proud of his results in the race and representing Belize for the last few years.
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