– with 16th annual Ricks & Sari Agro Industries 11 race meetBy Franklin Wilson
If 2008 was considered a busy year for cyclists, National Coach Hassan Mohamed has promised that 2009 will be very hectic so riders need to saddle up for what is to come.
On Saturday at the Guyana’s number cycling venue, the National Park, the 2009 season will pedal off with the 16th annual Ricks and Sari Agro Industries 11 race meet and it is anticipated that all the riders will be out for this event as they seek to begin the year on a winning note.
Last year’s winner of the feature School Boys and Novices 35-lap race, Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams, is reportedly not in the country so a new winner is expected to lift the top trophy. His winning time was 1 hour 14.27 seconds.
Stamping his authority in the Park last year was Alonzo Greaves and from all indications, he is expected to continue that reign but with the Park races now open to all, the rivalry is expected to be fierce with all the big guns participating.
A number of the athletes have been seen training on the road ways of Guyana, East Bank, East Coast and Linden Soesdyke Highway so a high level of fitness is expected.
Juvenile, Christopher Holder, will also be seeking to maintain his dominance among his peers and is seeking to win this category again this year having won last years 10-lap race in 25 minutes 36.52 seconds.
Veterans under and over 50 will not be outdone as they too will be in action in respective 5-lap events.
Upright cyclists match pedals over 5 laps also, while the BMX riders are eager to prove that they rearing and ready to shine in 2009. Boys and girls will be matching pedals from ages 6 up to the open categories.
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