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Cyclists to be tested

BCU president urges athletes to remain clean

Keep it clean!

That advice has come from president of the Barbados Cycling Union (BCU), Keith Yearwood, who has revealed that from next year, anti-doping testing will be introduced by the BCU.

As a result, he has cautioned local cyclists to keep themselves clean.

“Anti-doping is something that we will be looking at very seriously and given the fact that the new anti-doping code is coming out, it makes our work in the federation a lot harder in terms of tracking [cyclists] using the Adams platform to track our riders.

“But we will seek to get the assistance of RADO [Regional Anti-Doping Organization] to assist us in that regard. So [cyclists] keep clean,” Yearwood said.

The warning came during a joint press conference at the Barbados Olympic Association’s, Wildey headquarters yesterday morning between BCU and Caribbean Cycling Federation (CCF) officials, who met to discuss the possibility of the island hosting the Caribbean Elite Cycling Championships (CECC).

Those championships are slated to be held on October 17-18 next year and will cost in excess of US$100,000 dollars.

While Yearwood also revealed that a new home for cycling was in the works, president of the CCF, Trevor Bailey gave the good news that the United States Cycling Federation (USCF) had agreed to sponsor nine tracks in the Caribbean, including Barbados.

The BCU head gave his assurance that they were doing all in their power to secure land in order to get the project going.

From left, President of the Caribbean Cycling Federation, Trevor Bailey standing beside President of the Barbados Cycling Union, Keith Yearwood as they show off the cycling uniform.

From left, President of the Caribbean Cycling Federation, Trevor Bailey standing beside President of the Barbados Cycling Union, Keith Yearwood as they show off the cycling uniform.

“The BCU has already met with the minister and we have had site visits to various lands across Barbados. Indeed we want it to be in this same area, but the land that is in this area is already gone, when I say this area the Garfield Sobers Complex,” Yearwood explained.

“We needed four acres of land and we have identified land just away from the Bushy Park motoring circuit and we are awaiting word from the surveyors to make sure that we can get the land.”

“A 250 [metre] track is of the paramount importance for us here in Barbados. Even Trinidad is now in the process of building their 250 [metre] track so we also need to get on track,” he said.

According to him they had received promising feedback from Government, and they hoped to engage in more talks very soon.

The BCU is also about to receive an early Christmas gift from the CCF who will donate ten new bicycles and cycling shirts in the next two weeks.

The CCF, who received a donation of 100 bicycles from a Russian sponsor, is expected to distribute the items to 42 countries around the Caribbean federation over the next five years.

Bailey in his remarks also explained that five major events are on the cards for the CCF’s 15th anniversary schedule for next year and out of those five, three new events have been incorporated.

There will be a master’s competition in St Vincent and the Grenadines from October 9-12, a track event to be held in Cuba and the mountain bike contest in Puerto Rico. There will also be an 18 and Under junior championship along with an Under-23 showdown in the elite division which will be used to determine the representatives at the Central American and Caribbean Championships and Pan American Games.

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