American Scarano wins inaugural JMICC
Atlanta-based cyclist Andy Scarano outclassed the field again yesterday to claim his third straight stage race and overall victory in the Elite Men category of the inaugural Jamaica Montego Bay International Cycling Classic (JMICC).
The American finished the return 50-mile Whitter Village to Duncans stage in under two hours to edge out 14-year-old Jamaican Cajur Chue of Team MoBay, with Russell Small finishing third.
Scarano, riding for Team 706P out of the United States, secured another 23 points to finish with a total of 69 points, a whopping 43 ahead of Team Jamaica Under-23 cyclist Khori Mauricette, who finished second overall with 26 points.
Chue, a Herbert Morrison High School student, came in a close third overall with 25 points with Brenden Cornette of Team 706P and Jamaica Elite’s Jerome Forrest rounding out the top five.
For his efforts, Scarano took home the US$1,000 overall prize money along with the JMICC Trophy. The American was very happy to secure the inaugural title.
“It’s a wonderful feeling. I couldn’t do this without my team, but I just loved being out there. Jamaica has some strong riders, which made it competitive, and the experience riding here is just awesome, and I will surely be coming back next year.”
Second-place finisher Mauricette said the experience of riding with the American winner has given him the motivation to take his cycling to another level.
“Congratulations to Scarano. He is on a different level, and I will have to step up my training to match these guys, but the experience was awesome, and I would love to have more international races like this so that I can have the high level of competition, which will make me better.”
For 14-year-old Chue, the hard work has paid off and things can only get better from here onwards.
“I worked hard, and it paid off. I want to be able to make my mark in cycling and make it to the next level, so this exposure to top-level cycling so early in my career will only make me better.”
Team 706P secured the team title, followed by Team Jamaica Elite and Team Jamaica Under 23.
Wayne Palmer secured the Masters Open race, with Malaika Russell taking home the female equivalent. Damian Douglas secured the junior’s title following the 11.4-mile race.