One of Guyana’s leading cyclists Robin Persaud will be out on Sunday to defend his title, when the Annual Ballot Box Martyrs 55-mile road race comes off in the Ancient County of Berbice.
Persuad would however, find the going tough against his fellow rivals in a race that is expected to attract the best in the country.
Judging from last Monday’s ‘Wheat Up’ race, organised by the Roraima Bikers club and sponsored by NAMILCO, Sunday’s event will be a hot affair. A new junior champion will be crowned with the absence of last year’s champ Christpher Holder, who is competing overseas. Geron Williams will start as favourite.
Kennard Lovell, who won the veteran division last year, this time around should find it tough to retain the top spot, with Berbician Gary Benjamin enjoying the full backing of home support. Benjamin also dethroned Lovell to win this category at the ‘Wheat Up’ race on Monday last.
However, the senior race will be the event to savour, with big guns in the line up, the likes of Warren ‘Forty’ Mc Kay, Alonzo Greaves, Ian ‘Dumb Boy’ Jackson, Lear Nunes, Tony Simon, Junior Niles, Williams, Alex Mendes and Christopher Persaud. The race will commence at 09:00hrs from Freedom House, New Amsterdam, proceed to Corriverton Police Station, before returning to No. 63 Village for the finish.
The Veteran, Upright and Ladies will finish on the upward journey at No. 63 Village.
Meanwhile, the first six seniors to cross the line including the top three juniors, veterans and upright cyclists will all be rewarded. Eight prime prizes are also up for grabs during the course of the race.
Additionally, special prizes will be awarded to the first veteran over 60 years, first female and the oldest cyclist. Sunday’s event is sponsored by Chris Jagdeo.
Competitors are asked to note that transportation for Berbice leaves the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport on Main Street at 05:00hrs on Sunday.
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