P r e s s - R e l e a se
Cyclist Rusiate Matai, from Suvavou, crosses the finish at Taunovo Bay Resort in one hour and twenty three minutes.
The third race in the 1 Degree Cycle Race Series was a 50 kilometer road race from Suva to Taunovo Bay Resort.
Fighting against experienced cyclists Rusiate Matai beat Jope Tikotani in a sprint to win by just 20 seconds. "The guys made a small mistake and I though that this was my chance. My legs were still fresh and I sprinted for the line" Said a shy Matai.
Taunovo Bay Resort Operations Manager, Russell Thornley, presented Matai with the Taunovo Bay Resort Trophy at the awards ceremony on the beach during brunch. "Everyone here is impressed with these young lads" he said "We couldn't believe that they raced all the way from Suva in one hour and twenty minutes. That's about the same time that it takes on the bus".
A convoy of vehicles supported the cyclists durning the race. Cycling Fiji President and Race director, Dom Sansom was very pleased with the support. "There were almost as many support vehicles as cyclists" he said "I'd like to thank everyone who got up early on a Sunday and helped with the race. In particular Taunovo Bay resort. It is a spectacular place to finish a cycling race and we were given an amazing brunch and full use of the resort facilities.
Results: Rusiate Matai 1.24.03, Jope Tikotani 1.24.25, Mesake Yalidole 1.27.01, Tomthy Fong 1.27.01, Bob Gillett 2.01.42