It was long in coming and former national junior cycling champion Neil Reece used the occasion of the staging of the Seventh Annual Franco Crawford 46 miles cycle road race to put in a devastating performance as he blitz the field to secure a convincing victory to win in a time of 2hrs:10 minutes. With the inform Dwight Holder absent due to unforeseen circumstances, it would have been interesting to predict the results. Reece was in such ripping form that he romped home to victory with his closest rival some 10 miles and 14 minutes behind.
The event which was staged on Sunday saw some 18 riders taking part. The cyclists pedaled off at 09:00hrs from in front of the Springlands Police Station and ended at Main and Alexander Streets in New Amsterdam.
As soon as the cyclists were sent on their way Reece began to make his move going to front and continuously pressing forward. After a while no one decided to go after him and Reece took full advantage to open a sizable gap on the chasing pack of the Ray Millington, Selso and Franco Crawford, Wasim Hasnoo and Elijah Brijader.
Reece was a loner for most of the journey, his only company being the whaling police siren and the natural elements. He covered the seven miles of No19 Public Road with no other cyclist in sight. His dominance saw him taking away all 10 prime point prizes that were up for grabs.
Ray Millington rode hard and eventually made a move halfway on the downward journey, staging a breakaway with Selso Crawford in hot pursuit. Millington eventually dropped Crawford to secure second spot ahead of the overseas based English pair of Selso Crawford and father Franco Crawford. Hasnoo and Brijader rounded out the top six.
Adriel Ross crossed the finish line ahead of Andrea Reid and Andrew Hicks in the juvenile category. Marica Dick continued her dominance with another win among the females, while Franco Crawford was also first among the veterans. The juveniles and females rode 20 miles from Adventure to the finish line.
All of the riders received T Shirts among other tokens from the sponsors Selso and Franco Crawford and Englishman Leaton Beaton compliments of the Geoffrey Butler GB cycling club of England.
At the end of the race the cyclist were addressed by the three gentlemen who stated they were impressed with the cyclists’ performance. They gave their commitment to continue sponsoring the event on an even bigger scale next time with the possibility of involving some foreign riders. They also distributed the prizes. (Samuel Whyte)
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