Cycling performances in Guyana are one of my major issues (having the role of a coach). Our standard is way below international level and it greaves my heart to see well educated men making such mistakes.
Congratulations to Mr. Hassan Mohammed for making events possible for the cyclists so as to keep them active, but keeping active and having an international level of condition is another issue.
Commenting on the recently concluded National Championship Cycle Road Race, senior category cyclists possess no fitness level for the course that ran. Are we fooling ourselves? Or are we going to correct the mistakes? No cyclist, under the age of 25 years, had triumph over that race.
The race course was excellent but the cyclists were not fit enough for it, except for Orville Hinds and Andrew Reece who became victorious and also resides in the area.
The technical aspect for this reason is because we are having excess short races for the entire year. I can recall clearly, for the past decade Guyanese cyclists have been malnourished from the lack of good long races. I have been pleading with the authorities to look after the cyclists’ ability for proper competition if we really have them at heart.
I am certain that one man has the key (so to speak) in his hand to unlock the privilege for our cyclists to have long road races no less than 70 – 80 miles so that they can compete aggressively against foreign cyclists who visit for the Five Stage Road Race.
It also involves selecting cyclists for international competition if they, the cyclists, are accustomed to 45 and 35 miles races all year long they cannot compete in a 70 and 80 miles road race, so where are we going? In circles?
It is my desire to see the Cycling Federation make races of 70 and 80 miles mandatory after the first quarter of the cycling calendar. The federation will have to sit and discuss ways and means of enhancing the poor performances of our cyclists.
Local Cycle Coach