– airline mess-up leaves cycles and luggage behind
The Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) 3-member team at the Pan American Track and Road Cycling Championship in Medellin, Columbia has been unable to compete on the first day due to the non arrival of their cycles and some luggage.
The Championship which is being held from May 1 – 8 is a qualifier for Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, in Mexico in September 2011.
The team – Geron Williams, Scott Savory, Claire Fraser (female) and is Managed by Shaun Green.
According to Green, the Guyana delegation has suffered at the hands of the airlines which failed to transfer the bikes and luggage along with them when changing flights.
“There are currently 6 bikes, which are all of the team’s bikes, and 2 bags missing due to the airlines failure to transfer them with the team members, some of whom were redirected through Peru on the journey to Colombia.”
Reporting on the first day, May 1, Green said that those events took place on the Velodrome, including the Men’s Scratch Race Heats.
Scott Savory, who now resides in the USA was entered into this event but had to loan a bike from the Colombian team and despite the cycle not being a great fit, Savory was able to adjust somewhat and managed a few warm up laps on the track.
“Savory raced in heat 2 but struggled to get his legs moving and was never comfortable on the small bike; he was eliminated from the race and did not progress to the finals, but at least he was able to ride hard on the track. If his bike arrives before his next event, the Points Race on Tuesday May 3, he will hopefully improve on this result.” Green stated.
The Manager believes that the set back of not receiving the main tools can turn out to be a major setback for the team given that so much at stake in their races with regard to Pan Am and Olympic Games qualification.
Secretary of the Guyana Cycling Federation Gemma Williams said that the team was put together at short notice.
Geron Williams is attending training camp in Orlando, Florida and Scott Savory resides and competes in New York. According to eth GCF Secretary, due to storms in the USA, their flight from Miami was redirected through Peru then to Medellin, Columbia which resulted in the duo arriving one day after schedule, April 30, without any luggage and bikes.
Claire Fraser and Manager Green travelled from the United Kingdom through Madrid Spain and they arrived as scheduled on April 29 but their bikes were left in Spain.
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