Jun 05, 2012 Sports
Coach Roberts donates medals
By Sean Devers
President of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) Cheryl Thompson says that everything is in place for this year’s National Cycling Championships on June 23 & 24, adding that never before in the history of the competition has so many (81) participants registered.
The race is being held from the Linden/ Soesdyke Junction to Amelia’s Ward in Linden and Thompson said that all six clubs affiliated to the GCF (4 in G/Town, 1 in Berbice and 1 in Linden) are participating. The event will be used as criteria for International selection and the Caribbean Junior Championships in the Dominican Republic in August.
On June 23 the time trials will be held before the actual race wheels off the next day. The action is scheduled to commence at 08:00hrs on both days in four categories (Seniors, Juniors/Juveniles, Veterans and Females) and Thompson said overseas based cyclists have been invited to compete.
Speaking from her Camp Road Office, the GCF Head informed that among the overseas based riders expected to compete is Claire Fraser who lives in England.
Randolph Roberts, the Coach of the Flying Ace Cycle Club from Berbice, yesterday donated six medals (3 for males and 3 for females) to Thompson yesterday for the event which will see the winners in each category also collecting a winner’s Jersey.
Thompson said she was pleased with the way local cycling is going although she thinks the Federation needs to work a bit more as a unit to find ways to ‘hold’ some of the senior riders in Guyana, adding that as with most other things it ‘boils down’ to finance. Dwayne Gibbs and Godfrey Pollydore are among the top local riders who migrated while many more talented riders are lost to Guyana at the senior level.
Thompson, who took over from Hector Edwards in 2010 to begin her four-year term as President, said that while financial support can always be better, she was heartened by the support for the sport from Government and corporate Guyana.
“The interest for cycling in Guyana is very good. We have 41 events carded for 2012 with races on each month. We have a lot of Juniors and Juveniles involved with the cream of the crop coming from Linden.
Thompson says Digicel has also offered sponsorship of Alonzo Williams who along with Geron Williams are Guyana’s wild Cards for the 2012 London Olympics. The Federation will know by next month if the Guyanese Cyclists will be involved in the mega event in England.
Thompson said that the GCF has accepted an invitation to send riders to the 50th anniversary of the Trinidad and Tobago Classic 12-stage Road race which is considered the ‘Tour de France’ of the Caribbean and revealed that the Trinidadians will pay for the meals and accommodation of the Guyanese cyclists.
It was also disclosed that the Federation has short-listed 11 Junior Riders for the Junior Championships with Flying Ace’s 18-year-old Marica Dick being the lone female among the lot. Carlton Wheelers’ Raynauth Jeffery who was the best Junior competitor in last month’s three-stage race, is also among the 11 chosen.
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