Holder continues winning ways in Berbice
Dwight Holder continues a strong hold on the cycling arena in Berbice with another win, when he rode away with the seventh annual Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry road race which was held on Sunday last in Berbice for cyclists of the Flying Ace Cycle Club.
The 22 cyclist were sent on their way at approximately 09:00hrs as they pedaled off from in front of the bank’s branch at Corriverton on the Corentyne to Adventure and back to its place of origin.
The event, which was extended to a 51-miler this year, saw Wazim Hasnoo opening up an early lead and was followed by Holder, with Ray Millington also joining the leaders as they controlled the early journey up. Meanwhile, six-time defending champion Neil Reece was in the chasing pack and along with Rohan Persaud and the UK-based duo of father and son Franko and Selso Crawford began to work their way up in pursuit of the leaders as they continued their upward ride at a blistering pace.
Reece and Persaud soon caught up with the leaders before the turn back point at Adventure as the battle continued in hot sun.
The battle continued until about 200M to go when Hasnoo made the first move, but he was soon caught and with the riders now in full gear it was Holder and Reece who were leading, with Millington in hot pursuit as they approached the finishing line.
However, Reece stopped peddling as Holder rode home in triumph ahead of Millington with Persaud third. Reece ended fourth ahead of fifth placed Hasnoo.
Marica Dick was first among the females to retain her crown, with Christeen Matterson coming in second.
In the junior category, Elijah Brijadar was first, winning from Brian Harris. Andrew Hicks continued his dominance among the juvenile riders as he took the top spot ahead of Shawn Rasheed and Adriel Ross. Aaron Hicks was the winner in the BMX category, with Syborne Fernandes taking top honours among the veterans.
Hasnoo for his early dominance rode away with five of the sprint prizes with Holder and Millington collecting two each and Persaud one.
GBTI Corriverton Branch Manager Mohan Tularam congratulated the cyclist for taking part in the event and had special words of commendation for the winners.
Also speaking at the ceremony was Admin Manager Sean Noel who told the cyclists that discipline in of utmost importance in any sport and they should continue to strive for excellence.