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July 23, 2024

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Jamaica Set To Host International Cycling Event

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The 2024 course, commencing and concluding in Montego Bay, mirrors the challenging route from the previous year

The anticipation is mounting as Jamaica prepares to host the third annual Jamaica International Cycling Classic. The event is expected to take place between April 5th to April 7th. Cycling enthusiasts are excited at the prospect of seeing top-tier cycling talent compete against each other.
A lineup of ten international cycling teams is expected to grace the event, featuring defending champions Team 706 from the United States. The competitors will also come from Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands, Barbados and Colombia. Carlton Simmonds, the race director of the event, also confirmed that Rwandese cyclists might attend the event.
The Union Cycliste Internationale, the world cycling governing body, has sanctioned this year’s event. The 320-mile event will be held over three stages and three days.
Expressing his excitement, Simmonds envisions Jamaica’s cycling classic ascending to global prominence. “The competition promises to be fierce. From just three teams in the inaugural year to five last year, and now over ten, including the premier club from South America. This event has truly evolved into a world-class cycling spectacle,” he remarked.
The 2024 course, commencing and concluding in Montego Bay, mirrors the challenging route from the previous year. Additionally, six King of the Mountain (KOM) stages will add to the excitement, with cyclists competing for a prize pool exceeding US$11,000, featuring a top prize of US$3,100.
This year’s event will exclusively focus on elite male cyclists, omitting under-18 and female races. Among the participants is eighteen-year-old national cyclist Damaine Douglas, set to debut as an elite rider. Douglas aims to absorb knowledge from the international field and is optimistic about his performance. He revealed that he is excited to give his best. He said that he would be happy with a top-10 finish but he would even be more satisfied with landing on the podium. He believes that is a wonderful platform to showcase his talent because of the stature of the event within the region.

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