Oct 05, 2008 Sports Comments Off on Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire & Life Insurance 6th Cycle Meet…Alonzo Greaves all the way, again
By Franklin Wilson
When it is your time to rule, no one can stop you and that is exactly the case with leading local cyclist Alonzo Greaves who has once again blown away his rivals.
Greaves, in a time of one hour 25 minutes 44.94 seconds successfully defended the Hand-in-Hand Fire & Life Insurance School Boys and Novices feature 35-lap race at the National Park yesterday.
And yet again, he has underlined his class (pound for pound) as the best sprinter in the land, beating Robin Persaud and Geron Williams in the dash to the line.
Williams’ performance was credible given the fact that he was out of competitive cycling for sometime while it was a welcome return to the National Park circuit for Robin Persaud who along with a number of other senior riders were debarred from racing at this venue due to their consistent dominance.
Persaud at one time had won seven (7) consecutive races. But the Guyana Cycling Federation has had a change of heart and all cyclists were given the green light to compete again at the Park so that they can keep active and competitive.
Greaves, who won three of the eight prime prizes, Persaud (2) and Williams (1) had set themselves apart from the pack on lap 16 and never looked back, even lapping the filed on lap 27 to underline their dominance.
The final lap saw a cat and mouse game between the three as they rode very slowly watching each other before Persaud went for the break with about 300 meters to go, Greaves hung in closely and made his move with just over 100 meters to the line.
Earlier, Lear Nunes who took the other 2 prime prizes had enjoyed the lead for the first seven laps but was not able to sustain that advantage for too long.
And while Greaves has continued to dominate at the senior level, riders in the other categories have done the same also.
Jason Pollydore, younger brother of one of Guyana’s best, Godfrey, has taken over the reigns in the juvenile ranks coasting to yet another victory in the 10-lap contest ahead of Johnathan Fagundes and Berbician female Marcia Dick, who has taken the Park by storm. Dick took the number one spot in the female race ahead of Naiomi Singh.
Dexter Wilson of Canal No. 1 again dominated his upright colleagues winning the 5-lap battle. Stephen Roberts and Delon Singh followed Wilson to the line in that order.
On the veteran side of the divide, Kennard Lovell topped in the under-50 category with Mark Spencer and Shameer Baksh second and third.
Compton Persaud crossed the line ahead of Aubrey Gravesande and Maurice Fagundes in the over-50’s contest.
In the BMX races; Raymond Perez continues to be unstoppable in the 6-9 category with yet another first place ahead of Dineshwar Ragubeer and Rawle Mc Lean. He returned to claim third among the 9-12 boys, a race which was won by Tariq Baksh, Olandio King took the runner up spot.
King rebounded to take the top spot in the 12-14 clash, Jamal Cromwell and Tariq Baksh following in that order.
In the open contest, Ozia McCauley won ahead of Johnathan Fagundes and Kunta McKenzie.
Crystal Blackman took the girls race with Kimberly Adams second.
Hand-in-Hand Sales Manager Colin Welcome, who assisted with the presentation of prizes, complimented organiser Hassan Mohamed for his continued commitment to hosting what he considers a very important activity in the Park.
He said his company is dedicated to supporting the programme for a long time to come and they are happy that so many youths are part of it which augurs well for the future development of the sport in Guyana.
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