The recently held mass start cycling race, hosted by Mosta AF Sign Studio Club and held under the auspices of the Malta Cycling Federation, on the Zebbug By Pass attracted a good spread of participants in eight categories and top biling for the Club’s cyclists.

In the Under 12's categories, eleven athletes undertook one lap (4.5km) of the course. Miguel Galea (Team Greens) crossed the line first in the boy’s category whilst Jaeken Galea (Mosta CC) came in second followed by team mate and the Club’s Academy most promising athlete Jonas Micallef In the girls category Justine Degiorgio crossed the line first (winning also the overall) followed by Hannah Dandria and Valentina Soler. All athletes form part of the Mosta Club.

The Under 15’s Boys podium was dominated by the Mosta club’s athletes after having completed three laps (13.5km) of the course. Sean Enriquez emerged the winner following an extremely close finish with Nikol Micallef. Malcolm Vassallo came in third place.

In the Masters 40+ category Ivan Zammit (B’Kara SJ) clinched an uncontested first place. A sprint finish for second place was won by Domenic Cutajar (Gozo Cycling Club) followed by Matthew Mirabelli (Mosta CC) in third.

In the Masters 60+ category it was an uncontested solo ride for Emanuel Camilleri who completed the 10 lap course in a respectable time of 1:12'18, whilst in the Masters 50+ veteran Nicky Farrugia (Mosta CC) took first place followed Michael Lia (Mosta CC) and Steve Mifsud (The Cyclist).

In the Ladies’ Category, National Team and Mosta Club cyclist Marion Pullicino saw her claim her first ever victory in this category for the Club. She was followed by Margaret Seguna (The Cyclist) and Michelle Vella Wood (Team Greens). An accident midway through the race saw Marie Claire Aquilina and Stephanie Alden retiring.

In the Juniors category, Nicholas Attard Montaldo (The Cyclist) continued to show his strength by edging away from his team mate Isaac Spiteri whilst Gianluca Camilleri (B’Kara SJ) came in third place.
In the Elite category, spectators were in for a nailbiting spectacle that would ultimately result in a photo finish.

With cyclists vying for an early breakaway in order to anticipate the group and avoid a sprint finish, a midway attack saw Mark Micallef (The Cyclist) & Michael Camilleri (Team Greens) try to breakaway together with Nicholas Micallef (Mosta CC) thus kicking off some tense action.

Eventually the the trio were caught up by the fast moving peloton. The action did not stop there as other various attacks were thwarted by a very attentive pack of Mosta cyclists who counteracted well for attacks and worked towards enabling Pierre Borg win the race for the second year running. Borg’s determined performance resulted in a photo finish with Christian Formosa (The Cyclist). Third place was clinched by Steve Sciberras (B’Kara SJ)

“Sunday was a good day for the Club, apart from the race being well attended, the Club featured well and truly on the podiums and it was great to see some very strategic and tactical team work by our cyclists which enabled Pierre Borg to win the Elite Category for another year running” commented enthusiastically Edward Enriquez, Mosta AF Sign Cycling Club Secretary.

“The Club is also particularly is grateful to all participants, coaches, marshals, race officials, ARRTS time keepers, Żebbuġ Local Council, Malta Cycling Federation, Qormi Police Station, Malta Traffic Police, Transport Malta and the Global Security Malta who provided medical services for their assistance throughout the race.

The Club’s next racing appointment will be at the Tour of Cyprus, which will be a three stage tour between the 24th and 26th March.

Club Cyclists Patrick Scicluna, Gerrard Said, Nicholas Micallef and Marion Pullicino, who forms part of the Ladies National Team, will be joining the rest of the National Team for this outing.

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