Posted: Sunday, April 2, 2023. 8:30 am CST.
Photo Credit: CFB
By Rubén Morales Iglesias:
Kaya Cattouse is Belize’s biggest hope to win 32nd Annual PUMA Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic on Sunday.
Cattouse last won the race in 2019 clocking 3:29:10. Last year, when she wasn’t here, US rider Katy Sorrell too the 70-mile race in three hours, 23 minutes, and 17 seconds (3:23:17).
This year Cattouse is joined by LA Sweat teammate Mariana Valadez and Bermudian rider Caitlin Conyers of Team Winners Edge.
Champion Sorrell is riding for Team Cardinal along with another US rider Jessica Chong from Bike Works P/b Fred Beans will.
2019 champion Kaya Cattouse, who didn’t ride last year because of commitments with her professional team LA Sweat, is back bringing along Mexican teammate Mariana Valdez.
Katy Sorrell leads early in the race. Kaya Cattouse in fourth place lying low. (Photo Credit: CFB)
The other three Belizean hopefuls are sisters Patricia and Paulita Chavarria, and Kedisha Francis. Patricia and Kedisha are riding independently while Paulita is riding under the Team Gonz banner.
Last year, Paulita was fifth and Patricia was sixth. Francis finished seventh.
Two other Mexicans, namely Ana Laura García and Diana Valeria Rodríguez of Team Navecamp, complete the ten riders riding from San Ignacio to Belize City.
The race started at 8:00 am at Columbus Park, crossed the Hawkesworth Bridge and is on its way to Belize City heading to Digi Park on Barrack Road in Belize City. The cyclists will ride in through Lord Ridge Cemetery on to the Hans Roundabout at Central American Blvd, over the Belcan Bridge, unto Princess Margaret Drive and finishing at the Digi Park.
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