The BVI Cycling Federation opened its 2011 season with 29 riders competing in various categories on Sunday.

The race included both road and mountain bike categories and attracted four junior cyclists, including two new riders.

In the Expert Division, Antonio Andrews took the top spot ahead of Andrew Thompson and Philippe Leroy in a sprint finish.

In the Women’s Division, Sally Blackmore secured the top spot and took fifth place overall. Dara Smith came in second, while Kay Reddy came in third.

In the junior division, Shaquil Samuel  won the three-lap race, but suffered a cramp when he attempted to complete the full five lap course.

In second place was newcomer Barney Nockholds who also completed the 16-mile, five-lap course and finished 23rd overall. In third place was another newcomer Fransym Blyden with Orlando Savory placed fourth.

The race started near Slaney and headed west to the Ellis Thomas Downs and returned to the Prospect Reef Roundabout and back to the start/finish line for one lap.

BVICF?President Darel Christopher Sr. expressed his satisfaction with the event and thanked the participants, volunteers and sponsors.

Mr. Christopher Sr. said the highlight of the event was the participation of the four juniors, especially the newcomers.

“It’s a good start for our juniors and we look forward to get more juniors participating in our events as we prepare them to represent at regional and international competitions,” said Mr. Christopher Sr.

The BVICF waived both the membership and entry fees for races for all persons under the age of 18 in an effort to attract more youths to the sport.

Any junior who has interest in cycling can contact Youth Development Director Chris Ghiorse at 542-1981 or Mr. Christopher Sr. at  543-1526.

The next  BVICF event is the  BVI Cycling Federation Classic — a 30-mile race slated for Feb. 20 from the West End Police Station to the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.