JULY 28, 2019
RDL launches I AM, a series showcasing top Barbadian athletes
RDL Eagle Trade today launched I AM, a series of intimate showcases of top Barbadian athletes who are making their names known on the international stage. Each instalment of the series will give viewers the opportunity to delve into the lives of these competitive athletes and learn more about their commitment to pursuing their dreams, circumventing obstacles encountered along the way.
“We love showcasing our athletes,” said Collis Williams, Logistics Director at RDL. “They mirror the character that we bring to the table when we team up with our clients to take them to the top of their respective industries. These athletes dig deep, punch above their weight and chase victories. It is these attributes that we emulate—we team up with our clients to win.”
First in the series is, I AM JOSHUA KELLY, featuring professional cyclist Joshua Kelly, who is fresh off his first European victory. Joshua lets us into his world, a place where pain is a constant and success is a function of what you put in.
JULY O4, 2019
Hard work and humility: Elite cyclist Greg Vanderpool to compete in the 2019 International Cycling Tour of Martinique with the help of RDL
On July 6, elite cyclists from around the world will convene at the start line in Fort-de-France for the 38th International Cycling Tour of Martinique. Among them will be Greg Vanderpool, a first-timer in the race, who will be competing as a member of Team GCS along with fellow Barbadian elite cyclists Joshua and Jacob Kelly.
Though Vanderpool, a 23-year-old student of the University of the West Indies, is fresh off his National Road Race Championship victory in May of this year, he recognizes that he is at a different point in his journey when compared to some of the more seasoned cyclists who will be competing in Martinique. He however admits that they all have this one thing in common—the strong desire to give their best performance and gain recognition as the tour is a known breeding ground for talent as well as a gateway into the European professional cycling circuit.
For Vanderpool, gaining top results and contributing to the overall goal of his team is not his only objective. He is using the race as an opportunity to test his limits—both physically and mentally—and measure himself against those cyclists who are well accustomed to competing on such intense, mountainous terrains.
“My first goal realistically is to finish,” says Vanderpool. “The Tour of Martinique will be the longest consecutive race of my cycling career thus far, with the Tour of Dominican Republic being second. It will have 11 stages, totalling 1052 km. For sure it’s going to be a hard and aggressive peloton because everyone wants to perform. However, I’m not looking at it as one race but instead 11 races. For me, each day is an opportunity to either get a result or to try a new race strategy.”
As a cyclist in the midst of his formative years, Vanderpool stressed the importance of travelling outside of Barbados to compete in races such as the Tour of Martinique, and thanks the team at RDL Eagle Trade for giving him the opportunity to do so.
“It is so very important to travel so that I can gain experience, which will help me to both better develop and learn about myself as a cyclist. I’m excited, yes, but also very nervous because being in Barbados training for a long time and not getting in as much racing as your competitors leaves you with a lot more question marks over your head in terms of: Where do I stand? How fit am I? What is the intensity going to be like? There is nothing in Barbados to this extent that would allow me to gauge myself, so I’ll be finding this out as I enter the race. It’ll also give me the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs and refamiliarize myself with cycling in a large peloton. I really can’t thank the team at RDL Eagle Trade enough for acknowledging my hard work and facilitating my travel to Martinique to compete.”
When asked about his plans for the remainder of the 2019 cycling season, Vanderpool’s response aligned with his humble, hard-working nature.
“I still have a lot of goals set that I want to achieve beyond Martinique so I want to walk away from this tour with good indicators of how to improve and how to go forward with the remainder of my cycling season.”
JUNE 26, 2019
RDL Eagle’s Medical Logistics Solutionists attend the Florida International Medical Expo (FIME)
RDL Eagle Medical Logistics Solutionists, Dr. Cherise Vanderpool and Dr. Nakita Haynes, began their 3-day exploration of the Florida International Medical Expo (FIME) today. The expo, which occurs in Miami Beach, Florida from June 26 to 28, will put the team in touch with over 1,200 world-leading manufacturers and suppliers of medical equipment, hospital technology, products and supplies. The supplier information gathered at the expo will be made available to the cohort of regional medical practitioners served by the medical logistics arm of RDL Eagle Trade.
“At RDL, we’re dedicated to keeping our medical clients at the forefront of advancements in the healthcare industry,” said Dr. Cherise Vanderpool, a member of RDL’s medical logistics team. “For us that means scouring the international market for innovative products and solutions that will help move their practices forward. We keep our ears to the ground and are always in search of ways that we can help them drive the cost of patient care down, while at the same time elevating their patient experience. Our journey to execute this mission has taken us all the way to China a few months ago and has now made its way to Miami for FIME.”
By teaming up with RDL Eagle Trade, medical doctors can lean on the company’s over 20 years of knowledge and experience in the international logistics industry to connect them with product the world over. They also have access to a team of trained medical professionals who not only speak their language but can both understand as well as predict their needs.
“We love being there for our clients no matter what their solution needs are, from helping them find the right medical device or machinery for their practice, to crafting bespoke supply chains that put them in touch with a steady stream of medical consumables cost effectively, and finding unique products that align with their envisioned aesthetic for their office or clinic,” said Dr. Nakita Haynes, Brand Director and Medical Logistics Solutionist at RDL. “We’ve always enjoyed a great partnership with our clients—we see ourselves as an extension of their team—and are always excited to work alongside them to devise solutions that satisfy their needs. Attending FIME is just a small part of that.”
FIME is considered to be the leading healthcare exhibition for the Americas and each year connects the over 500 delegates who attend with exhibitors originating from more than 41 countries across the globe. In addition to the expo, there will be a number of Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences which run concurrently and cover topics ranging from medical devices, healthcare supply chain and procurement, healthcare innovation, as well as sterilization and decontamination.
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MAY 27, 2019
RDL’s Logistics Director competes in the Barbados National Senior Games road race—and this is what he learnt
Twenty-nine cyclists competed in the 2019 edition of the Barbados National Senior Games road race, held on the morning of May 26 on the Spring Garden Highway. The 52.5 km race, organised by the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, is part of an annual, monthlong event aimed at encouraging physical activity among Barbados’ senior citizen population in the hopes of curbing the high incidence of non-communicable diseases in the island.
Among the senior cyclists who competed, some in their late 60s, was RDL Eagle Trade’s Logistics Director, Collis Williams. The race proved to be a test of patience and grit, but for Williams, the challenge was welcomed and was in fact the driving force for his participation.
“Anything competitive for me represents an exercise of character. Whether I am good enough to stand on the podium or not, I will always be a part of the competition because I know that it will hone and refine my character as a person.”
Williams walked away from the the gruelling 1 hour and 22 minute race with three cherished life lessons.
Lesson 1: Truly, age is nothing but a number
“I quickly learnt that age is not exactly a defining factor in a sporting discipline like cycling, so I couldn’t target a competitor because he was older than I was. Some of the older cyclists performed a whole lot better than I did. What they brought to the race was many years of experience, coupled with strength that was allowed to mature over years. It would have been a grave miscalculation on my part, if my strategy was based solely on the age disparities at the start line.”
Lesson 2: There is great reward in digging deeper
“One of the things I have learnt from cycling is that victory is a function of how much longer I can sustain a deeper dig than my competitors. The man who can dig deeper for longer—he who can suffer the longest—wins. It was a momentum race. So being able to condition my mind to sustain a momentum, through suffering for an extended period of time was key. It’s what separated the pack. Digging deeper and sacrificing comfort, will bring you to the finish line ahead of the pack.”
Lesson 3: The fastest man is not always the one who wins the race
“Competitive cycling is a war of attrition. So while there may be a faster men in the pack, you can grind them down over time. Strategy will demand that you determine where you can weaken them enough so that their strength, which translates to speed, is eliminated when they need it most. And that may involve doing things like exhausting them incrementally by riding each incline faster than expected and grinding them down hill after hill after hill because you cannot afford for them to have enough strength at the end of the race to sprint to the finish line.”
“To sum it all up, I’ve been weighed in the balances, and have been found wanting. I’m going back to the drawing board so that I can tool myself with the extra capacity for more strategic decisions. I will be definitely competing next year but this time with a lot more tools in my arsenal.”
APRIL 15, 2019
RDL attends the 125th session of the China Import and Export Fair
The 125th session of the China Import and Export Fair, or the Canton Fair as it is more commonly known, takes place in Guangzhou, China from April 15 - May 05, 2019 and will be attended by RDL team leaders Collis Williams and Nakita Haynes. The trade fair, organized by the China Foreign Trade Centre and hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, is said to be the largest of its kind, attracting over 800,000 attendees from across the globe.
During the three-week duration of the fair, the RDL team will have the opportunity to interact with China’s vast manufacturing sector.
MARCH 03, 2019
BCU Speightstown criterium: An ode to our cyclists
At RDL, we see sports as an institution that humbles the soul, develops character, inspires a winning mentality and fuels a desire to conquer. That’s exactly why we support sporting endeavours within our community.
Our team attended the Barbados Cycling Union’s Speightstown criterium and were so inspired that we created a photographic ode to the cyclists who competed.
February 24, 2019
RDL co-sponsors first race of cycling season
The Barbados Cycling Union (BCU) held its first race of the 2019 cycling calendar on the 8 km loop at Sterling, St. Philip. This annual race was held in memory of cyclists Perceval Niles and Don Stoute, and was sponsored by Apex Construction Inc, Servall Inc and RDL Eagle Trade.
“We want to start the season by honouring two men who gave their lives for the sport we love—cycling.”
Forty-four cyclists and five registered clubs competing in seven categories, started the race under very windy and testing conditions. In the senior category, which was a total of 80 km, the early breakaway was made by Russell Elcock and Dominic Howard. These two cyclists extended their lead over the chasing group as the race progressed to finish first and second respectively, several minutes ahead of third place cyclist Edwin Sutherland. All three cyclists represented the Barbados Port Inc Sports and Culture Club.
Category 3 was won by Allan Maynard, with Wingrove Thomas and Nathaniel Weekes finishing second and third, respectively.
The Masters category (ages 35 to 49) was won by Junior Proverbs, Masters 50+ by Sedwin Jones and in Category 4 Paul Belgrave rode away with top honours.
Taking first position in the fully subscribed women’s category was Amy Cox, with outstanding performances by Nikki Bailey and RDL Eagle Trade’s very own Nakita Haynes, who placed third and second, respectively.
Jonah Kelly won the Tiny Mites category, while finishing second was Kevin Webster. Both of these riders represented the Sentry Insurance Boatyard team.
RDL Eagle Trade, Apex Construction Inc and Servall Inc have committed to sponsoring the event on an annual basis and have even bigger plans in the works for 2020. Stay tuned.
Don Stoute & Percival Niles Memorial official race results: Download⤓