Cyclists making strides

Debbie Millar, business development associate with Brydens Insurance presents the sponsorship cheque to Joshua and Jacob Kelly, while their trainer Barry Forde (right) looks on.
Debbie Millar, business development associate with Brydens Insurance presents the sponsorship cheque to Joshua and Jacob Kelly, while their trainer Barry Forde (right) looks on.

Two young cyclists recently got the opportunity to compete with athletes from around the world, thanks to Brydens Insurance.

Joshua Kelly, 17 and Jacob Kelly, 13, received this chance of a lifetime when they headed to Trinidad and Tobago to compete in the Njisane three-day cycling event there which took place at the Arima Velodrome and Skinner Park San Fernando from April 19 to 21.

Joshua, currently a first year junior, placed second overall last year in the road events and dominated the 2012 track nationals where he came out with the most medals in the juvenile category. Jacob, his brother, is a second year tiny mite who placed second overall last year in the road events and he too dominated the 2012 Track Nationals ending up with the most medals in the tiny mite category. Both youngsters recently competed in the Trinidad Easter Grand Prix, with Joshua winning the Most Outstanding Junior and the Overall Junior. Jacob placed second in the tiny mite category.

In an interesting turn of events, they both mirrored those placings in the Njisane Event in Trinidad this past weekend.

Paul Inniss, general manager of Brydens Insurance said the company decided to assist the two youngsters because of the hard work, discipline and dedication which it took to become successful and to see that level of dedication in cyclists this young, augured well for international success as they grow older.

“These young men are the future of Barbados and we see this as an investment in Barbadian athletic talent. We are looking forward to seeing them one day on the podium at the Olympics,” added Inniss.

Former professional rider and qualified trainer Barry Forde, is responsible for the training schedule of the young cyclists, having worked with them for the past two seasons sharing his wealth of knowledge and international experience in the sport. The youngsters train six days per week with a regimented programme that includes road work and sessions in the gym. It is their recent performance in the Easter Classic that led to their invitation to attend the Njisane three-day event.

Joshua is training for and hoping to qualify for the 2014 Junior Olympics and has already been selected as part of an elite squad for training.

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