Cycling Federation Stages 2nd Track Development Meet
The Jamaica Cycling Federation, JCF, will stage its second Track Development Meet on Sunday, March 11, at the National Stadium velodrome, in Kingston. Registration of riders begins at 11:30 a.m. and the 14 event race card which starts at 1:00 p.m. will feature endurance and sprint races in various categories.
The Federation has extended invitations to students from Kingston College, St. George’s College, Wolmer’s Boys’ School and Jamaica College aimed at building its Youth Cycling programme in secondary schools. The students are being invited to the National Stadium to see experienced riders on the velodrome, as well as have the opportunity of racing on the velodrome in the All Comers Race. Students are being advised to take their bicycles, helmets and track shoes. Students will not be required to pay the registration fee.
“Our goal is to establish cycling clubs in at least 25 schools this year, so the Federation is
strategically inviting schools to the Track Development Meets to motivate and inspire students to participate in the clubs when they are established,” said President Joylene Griffiths.
The JCF is using the Track Development Meets to identify new talent to build a cadre of male and female riders to compete in local and international events, as well as to engage recreational cyclists across the country.
The JCF has over 20 local and international events this year, with the first international event being the Common Wealth Games in Australia in April. OShane Williams will represent Jamaica at this event.
The other Track Development Meets will be held on April 8, July 8, August 19 and end with the National Track Championships on September 9 – 10, 2018. The Federation is inviting the public to attend the cycling events at the National Stadium to give support the riders and clubs as it seeks to rebuild the spirit and love for cycling in Jamaica. Track Development Meets are free to the public.
Jamaica is currently ranked number 49 out of 71 countries by the UCI, behind Caribbean neighbours Trinidad & Tobago ranked at number 20 and ahead of Cuba which ranked at number 54.