Dwight Holder on Sunday won the Annual A. Ally and Sons’ annual cycle
road race. This is the 12th year that the event was being held. The event this year was held for the first time at Corriverton in observation of the 5th Anniversary of the store’s Corriverton Depot. The race started outside of A. Ally and Sons in Corriverton and proceeded to Number 35 Village before turning back to its place of origin.
Holder, who hails from the Corriverton area, took advantage of the home conditions to upstage the field and ride away with the top prize in the 35-mile event in a time of one hour, 41 minutes, 30 seconds. In second position was Roy Millington two seconds behind, third was Rohan Persaud, with Wasim Hasnoo fourth, Brian Harris fifth and Elijah Brijader sixth.
The event was very competitive as the six top riders along with pre race favourite Neil Reece went after each other in a ding dong battle for the lead. Hasnoo used up a lot of energy as he took an early lead and did most of the early work. The bunch of Millington, Harris, Holder, Persaud and Reece soon connected with him and it was a dog fight from there on for the downward journey as the riders battled each other. When it seemed like it will be a repeat of the same for the down ward journey. Pre race favourite Reece pulled up with cramps and swelling in his leg and had to pull out.
With Reece the biggest treat out of the way the five riders continued their battle, making efforts to breakaway, but were never successful. The salvos continued with about 100 meters to go as Holder using his better sprinting power to edge away from the others and claim the coveted prize.
Harris was first among the juniors followed by Brijader with Victor Henry third. National female cyclist Marica Dick was the lone female to compete. Syborne Fernandes was also by himself in his category as he was the only veteran in the event.
The juvenile category was taken by Thristan Komal and he was followed home by Andrew Hicks and Nicholas Arokium. The juveniles rode from Number 66 Village to the finish line.
There were 10 sprint point prizes and they were shared equally by Holder, Millington, Persaud, Hasnoo and Harris with two each.
The presentation took place immediately after the event. Speaking at the ceremony, Managing Director of the A. Ally and Sons, Fizal Ally, stated that he was very pleased with the way the activity was conducted.
He stated that his company will continue to support, youths, education, cycling and sports in general and any other community based activity as long as it is properly organized and accountability could be guaranteed. ”We will continue to give back to the community, because it is where we get our support from.” He plans to make the activity an annual affair at that location.
The event was organized by the Flying Ace cycle Club and coordinated by coach Randolph Roberts. It was the club’s first event for the year. The next event is planned for Thursday February 23, Mashramani day.
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