Greaves retains senior title; Michael Anthony is juvenile champ
By Franklin Wilson
Leading local cyclist Alonzo Greaves of Roraima Bikers Club (RBC) successfully defended the feature 35-lap school boys and invitational contest when the 11th annual P&P Insurance Brokers & Consultants sponsored 11-race Cycle Meet was held yesterday at the Inner circuit of the National Park.
Greaves’ winning time of One Hour 17 Minutes 21.81 seconds was just off the pace of the record at the National Park which still stands at just over One hour 16 Minutes; yesterday’s performance is a clear indication that the recently resurfaced track is drying out which will encourage faster times being set.
Greaves left in his wake to the line Robin Persaud (Carlton Wheelers Cycle Club), Walter Grant-Stuart (Continental Cycle Club), Turhan Harris (Carlton Wheelers CC), Lear Nunes (unattached) and Paul De Nobrega (Continental CC) who occupied the 2nd to 6th placed positions in that order.
What is interesting to note also, is the fact that a group of cycling enthusiasts added some extra fuel to the event with the addition of 30 extra sprint prizes at $1,000 each. This ensured a much more competitive race to the extent that almost the entire field was lapped by the top 4 finishers; 28 riders faced the starting line.
Allen was in the leading pack up to lap 18 but was unable to maintain the pace which was too hot for most to handle. The aggressive nature of the race is good news for spectators and sends a serious message to the riders who were lapped; “It’s time to get your fitness together – Time for playing around is over.”
Greaves took one of the regular primes with 3 going to Grant-Stuart and 2 each for Persaud and Harris.
The additional primes were shared between Grant-Stuart (10), Greaves (8), Persaud (6), Harris (4) and Allen (1).
Linden’s Michael Anthony upstaged last years’ juvenile winner Paul DeNobrega who had to settle for the third place this time around, Davendra Bishoo taking the 2nd place.
In remarks before the presentation, Varsha Panday, daughter of Managing Director of P&P Insurance Brokers Bishwa Panday noted that they were very happy to maintain sponsorship of the event for the 11th year.
“We have been a part of the event since 1993 and we are sure that some youngsters from those days have moved up and succeeded at the higher level. As a responsible business entity, we are conscious of our obligations to the community and we seek to discharge that responsibility by supporting many projects and events including this one today.”
Ms. Panday also complimented the Ministry of Sports and the Government of Guyana for re-surfacing the National Park circuit noting that at last year’s race meet, they had made a call for Guyana’s only facility of its kind to be re-done.
Organiser, Hassan Mohamed was also congratulated by the sponsor for his energy and drive in keeping the sport alive. Those riders who did not fear well were also encouraged not to lose heart but to work harder and success will come their way.
Following are the results of the other races yesterday, 1st to 3rd places:
12-14 boys & girls – Hazina Barrett, Naiomi Singh, Rawle Leal
BMX 6 to 9 – Jamal Arthur
BMX 9 to 12 – Deoraj Garbarran, Jamal Arthur, Rishidie Ceres
BMX 12 to 14 – Darrius Ramsammy, Adrian Sharma, Raymond Perez Jr.
BMX open – Julio Melville, Darrius Ramsammy, Adrian Sharma
Veteran’s Under-50 – Kennard Lovell, Virgil Jones, Turhan Harris
Veteran’s Over-50 – Lancelot Rose, Nigel Codrington
Veteran’s over-60 – Omar Mc Dougal, Mauirce Fagundes, Krisindat Singh
Upright – Dexter Wilson, Hector Edwards 111, Nimrod John
Attention will now turn to next Sunday’s road race which is being sponsored by Castrol in observance of Father’s Day.