Roatan Hosts a Sixth Edition of the Largest Bicycle-Tourist Event in Honduras
Some riders carried portable stereo equipment and played music to motivate themselves during the hard climbs of the race. The roughly one kilometer beach trail between Crawfish Rock and Palmetto Bay offered some of the biggest technical challenges of the ride.
While the recreational riders went off pavement the bicycle racers stayed on pavement and rode across Jackson Road before arriving in West Bay after 62 kilometers. The first elite racer was Héctor Menendez who came in with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 9 seconds. Haydee Muñoz, a Roatan native took first place in women’s Master’s category. Her time (1:31:34) completing the 81 kilometer loop was better than the elite winner, Myra Calero who came in with a time of 1:44:52. Muñoz had won the event in 2021. “The PTP is the hardest race so far and I’ve done Tela and Comayagua and nothing compares to [PTP Roatan race],” said Muñoz.
Point 2 Point, organized by Carlos Johnson and Jaime Cabus, is one of several sporting events that bring in tourists to Roatan during the low tourist season of September and October. The Roatan Fishing Tournament, Bay Islands International Half Marathon, Acropola Endurance Run, and Point 2 Point, all bring in visitors to the island. Five hundred participants from 12 countries took place in this year’s Point 2 Point event, 35 participants more than in 2021.