JM | Feb 23, 2023

The Jamaica International Cycling Classic returns with four new features added to the race

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The Jamaica International Cycling Classic returns to Montego Bay this year after its successful inaugural staging with a prize pool of US$11,000 for the winners. The race will be a three-day event taking place from March 31 – April 2, 2023 and continue to cement Jamaica’s reputation in regional and world cycling.

Last year’s event saw competitors coming from Canada, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United States.

SportsMax has returned as the broadcast partner for the event, showcasing live coverage across their platforms – on TV, the SportsMax app and on social media – available for viewing both locally and overseas.

Currently, most races in Jamaica are single-day events with limited foreign entrants; multi-day events like this, with a large international contingent, test the mettle of Jamaican athletes and better prepare them for future competitive events.

Event organiser, Coach Carlton Simmonds of Simmonds High Velocity Cycling Club, said, “Since our last event, I have received a phenomenal level of interest from international governing bodies, club organisations, and individual cyclists who are keen to participate in the 2023 competition.”

Simmonds added: “We’re extremely excited about this second staging, and hope to increase participation of international cyclists. So, to entice them, and to help defray their travel expenses, the first 10 international teams to sign up will receive one night free accommodation at the Holiday Inn.”

Four new features have been added to this year’s staging of the race:

  • A second loop of Duncan’s on day three
  • A Masters race that will run alongside the Elite race (this means two three-day races running simultaneously)
  • An additional King of the Mountain (KOM) stage (six in total) where both the Elite and Masters cyclists will compete for each top spot
  • The U18 and Female race will be a longer event, which will start and finish in Whitter Village while extending to Falmouth.


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