By Franklin Wilson
Sprint Ace Alonzo Greaves made it back-to-back wins in the National Sports Commission sponsored Mashramani cycle race meets on the weekend. Following up on a well executed win in the feature 35-lap contest on Saturday afternoon at the National Park, Greaves was again unstoppable yesterday on the West Coast of Demerara.
The Roraima Bikers Club member, in wet conditions, pedaled to another convincing win in the season opening road race which started at the Demerara Harbour Bridge proceeded to Bushy Park on the East Bank of Essequibo before returning to the starting line for the finish.
Greaves’ winning time was One Hour 43 minutes 26.52 seconds; triumphing in the sprint to the line ahead of Geron Williams (Continental Cycle Club), Robin Persaud (Carlton Wheelers Cycle Club) and Differently Able rider Walter Grant-Stuart (Continental Cycle Club).
Claiming 5th and 6th positions in another sprint home among riders in the second pack were Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams and Eric Sankar.
Taking the top spot among the junior riders was the consistent Continental’s Paul De Nobrega relegating fellow club mate Kurt La Rose to the second place.
The leading veteran on the day was Roraima Bikers Club’s Raymond ‘Steely’ Newton with Flying Ace Cycle Club rider Kennard Lovell settling for the runner-up spot.
On a rainy morning which saw a minor spill when five riders fell just around the New Road Vreed-en-Hoop area, including leading female Hazina Barrett; the race got off to an encouraging start with the 36 competitors all with the intent to outdo each other in the first road race for the 2011 season.
Nine (9) riders including the top six separated themselves from the others soon after the start of the contest and the race was virtually sorted out in terms of the top finishers. The others completing the nine were Raymond Newton, Kennard Lovell and Paul De Nobrega.
On the downward journey, Greaves, Geron Williams, Persaud and Grant-Stuart pulled away from the others at De Kinderen; Greaves proving yet again that he is the best sprinter in Guyana.
Administration Officer at the National Sports Commission, Gervy C. Harry in remarks before the presentation, congratulated the competitors for participating in the event, noting that he was happy to see so many junior riders competing since they are focused on selecting a strong team for the upcoming Inter-Guiana Games scheduled for Suriname in April or May, the dates not being conformed as yet.
National Coach Hassan Mohamed informed all that the ensuing weeks is packed with many events.
Next Sunday, competition will be on the road again when the annual race for the Late President Forbes Burnham Memorial takes place; starting on Carifesta Avenue proceeding to Belfield and back.
Another back to back weekend of races is set for February 26 (National Park) and West Demerara on the 27th; these two events are sponsored by R&R International and will mark their 20th year of sponsorship. The month of March will also be hectic with three races planned to commemorate the memory of another former President, the Late Cheddi Jagan.
Photos saved on server as NSC 40 miler 009, 025.
009: Done Deal!!! Alonzo Greaves acknowledges that he is the winner of this contest, sprinting to victory ahead of Geron Williams, Robin Persaud and Walter Grant-Stuart. (Franklin Wilson photo)
025: Three the Winners Way!!! The respective category winners pose for Kaieteur Sport following the conclusion of the presentation ceremony yesterday.
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