The Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club Individual Time Trial Series kicked off on Sunday 5th July with the first of the Series’ three races held in Zurrieq. The route was a new location for the cycling circuit and generated a lot of interest within the community.
Attracting a serious number of athletes these Series are popular and highly contested events, with the likes of Wayne Spiteri, Maurice Formosa, Etienne Bonello, Steve Sciberras, Marie Claire Aquilina, Michelle Vella Wood and Margaret Seguna battling for podium places.
In the males’ category Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Wayne Spiteri, winner of the 2014 Series, showed his strength in this particular discipline to cruise into a comfortable win on the 21km course in thirty minutes and nine seconds. Team Greens Etienne Bonello clocked in thirty one minutes twenty nine seconds closely followed by Mosta Cycling Club’s Johan Galea in thirty one minutes forty five seconds.
The female category promised to be hotly contested affair but it was Team Greens Marie Claire Aquilina, a strong presence in the female scene who clocked the best time to win her category in thirty three minutes and fifty six seconds. Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Michelle Vella Wood came in second in thirty five minutes and one second. Third placed was new girl on the scene The Cyclist’s Stephanie Alden who has been giving strong and consistent performances in the cycling circuit this year winning several podium places in the process. Alden closed in at thirty six minutes eighteen seconds.
The Race also welcomed a number of junior cyclists, aged between seven to fourteen years of age. These cyclists took part in a Mass Start race which saw them start the course together.
The Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club Individual Time Trial Series takes place over a series of three races and whilst last year’s edition was held in the Zebbug By Pass, this year the Club took the decision to host the race in three different locations making it more interesting and challenging for the athletes taking part.
The next race of the Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Sports Club Individual Time Trial Series will take place on Sunday 26th July in Mdina Road Zebbug, next to St. Dorothy’s School. The final race of the series will be held on the 6th September and will take place on the Mtarfa By Pass. All races start at 7:45am and registrations take place an hour before the first start.
More information the Birkirkara St. Joseph’s Sports Club Individual Time Trial Series can be found on www.bkarastjoseph.com.
2015 Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club Individual Time Trial Series Male Podium (L) to (R) - 2nd Place - Etienne Bonello (Team Greens), 1st Place - Wayne Spiteri (Birkirkara St. Joseph), 3rd Place Johan Galea (Mosta CC)
2015 Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club Individual Time Trial Series Female Podium (L) to (R)
2nd Place - Michelle Vella Wood (Birkirkara St. Joseph), 1st Place - Marie Claire Aquilina (Team Greens), 3rd Place - Stephanie Alden (The Cyclist)
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