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Bermudian rider Caitlin Conyers wins 32nd Annual PUMA Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday

Posted: Sunday, April 2, 2023. 12:09 pm CST.

Photo Credit: CFB

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Bermudian rider Caitlin Conyers riding for Winners Edge won the 70-mile 32nd Annual PUMA Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday riding in solo after getting away between Old Belize and the 5½ mile Bourdon Canal Bridge.

Bermudian rider Caitlin Conyers riding for Winners Edge won the 32nd Annual PUMA Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday (Photo Credit: Cycling Federation of Belize – CFB)

Conyers won in three hours, 49 minutes, and 24 seconds (3:49:24).

Mexican rider of Team Navecamp Diana Valeria Rodríguez finished second.

Team Navecamp’s Diana Valeria Rodríguez from Mexico finished second (Photo Credit: CFB)

2022 champion Katy Sorrell of United States Team Cardinal was third. LA Sweat’s Belizean Kaya Cattouse took fourth ahead of fifth-place American Jessica Chong of Bike Works P/B Fred Beans.

2022 champions Katy Sorrell crosses finish line in third place ahead of Kaya Catouse, Jessica Chong, and Patricia Chavarria. (Photo Credit: CFB)

Patricia Chavarria rode in sixth. Mexican Ana Laura García of Team Navecamp rolled in seventh.

LA Sweat’s Mexican Mariana Valadez had a spill just past Lin’s Hardware in Santa Elena. Valadez’s bicycle wobbled; she lost control, cutting right and took down Paulita Chavarria. Both recovered, catching up with the other eight riders pacing along with them, but Valadez later had to abandon the race and Paulita fell behind considerably.

Belizean Kedisha Francis put up a fight in the early going but Conyers took over before Mount Hope before falling behind later due to mechanical problems. She rejoined the pack later on and attacked coming into Belize City between Miles 5½ and 6 to win in style.

Conyers said she didn’t have a spare wheel when she got a flat, but was assisted by Cattouse’s camp. She said that in the end it worked in her favour as she might not have been able to stay up front all the way because of the heat and the strong headwind.

 

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