NAMILCO Wheat-Up CARICOM Cycle Road Race…
Barrett & Shaw repeat; Persaud, Jeffrey & Derouche are new category champions
By Franklin Wilson
Defending female and veteran champion Hazina Barrett and Talim Shaw repeated as category champions again this year when the 9th annual NAMILCO / Wheat Up 65 Miles Road Race held in observance of CARICOM Day was held yesterday.
Robin Persaud capped a fine weekend by chalking up his second win in three starts, winning the senior category in 2 Hours 43 Minutes 17 Seconds, sprinting with ease to the line ahead of National junior Road Race champion Raynauth Jeffrey.
Warren ‘Forty’ Mc Kay sprinted away from the second pack to claim the 3rd place ahead of juniors Raul Leal and Paul DeNobrega. Senior Road Race champion Orville Hinds again had to settle for the 6th place.
Talim Shaw also closed out a fine weekend with his second win in as many races. He crossed the line in front of Stephen Fernandes and Kennard Lovell. Barrett took the top podium place ahead of Naomi Singh who suffered two punctures during the course of the race and Marica Dick who also suffered a puncture.
Michael Derouche, like he did on Sunday emerged as the top mountain biker, Keon Thomas settled for the second place with Howard Eastman, third. Yesterday’s event came off in rainy conditions for the most part but was accident free.
Managing Director of the National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) Mr. Bert Sukhai, Director of Sport Neil Kumar, Patron of organising Club Roraima Bikers Mr. George Humphrey, Guyana Cycling Federation President Ms. Cheryl Thompson and Club President Brian Allen were among the officials present at yesterday’s presentation and prize giving ceremony which saw the respective category winners receiving cash incentives, a trophy and a NAMILCO branded championship jersey.
Sukhai, while complimenting the organisers for another well executed event stated that his company is interested in taking the event to another level in terms of competition and the prize package.
“I want to increase the prize monies to make it much more attractive, motivational and lucrative. At the same time I would like to see a bigger event that is more popular.”
This year a total of 69 riders took part in the event an increase of 8 from last year’s total and one short of the projected 70 that the organizers were targeting.
Kumar promised to work with the organisers to attract a Caribbean field for the next race while Club President Allen and GCF boss Cheryl Thompson called on the cyclists to make discipline their watch word.
They noted that for the sport to continued enjoying a successful partnership with corporate Guyana, discipline must be paramount. The GCF’s Thompson said she would deal with athletes who flout the rules, condignly.