Jul 30, 2013 Sports
Young and upcoming cyclist, Elijah Brijadar, just off writing his CSEC examinations, showed that his studies has not affected his performance on the road when he out hustled his more season opponents to ride away with the eight annual GBTI 50-mile road race held on Sunday from Corriverton to Adventure and back.
The race, which was organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) and began in front of The Bank’s Corriverton branch, saw Brijadar winning in a tight four man sprint home in a time of two hours, twelve minutes and thirty one seconds (2:12:31).
It was not easy going, as the race which was opened to Barbicans only, saw competition from two clubs with the riders from the Trojan Cycling Club joining the FACC riders in a battle for supremacy.
Ray Millington of The FACC, just off from some disciplinary matters after mending fences with club officials, was out to show his opponents that his lay off did not affect his performance as he broke away immediately after the riders were sent on their way.
Minutes later he was followed by the young brigade of Brijadar, Brian Harris and Triston Kamal. The trio had their own battle as they worked hard, catching up with the leader some 12 miles after. From there on it was a ding dong battle all the way.
Meanwhile, the chasing pack, that included top cyclists and defending champion Dwight Holder along with multiple times winner Neil Reece, were playing cat and mouse game at the back. By the time they got into top gear the front riders were out of reach. Millington by then was churning up the road with Brijadar, Harris and Kamal in hot pursuit. As the cyclists raced towards the finish line it was Brijadar of the FACC who proved supreme as he nosed ahead to win form his club mate Millington with Harris of Trojan slightly behind and Kamal of FACC fourth. It was an equally interesting battle for the fifth and sixth spots as Holder was able to edge out Reece and Keith Griffith in a blinding finish.
Millington’s dominance in the early part of the race paid off as he raced away with all 10 prime point prizes on offer.
Brijadar was also the first junior to cross the line with Kamal second. The only female to take part in the event was Christian Matherson, while in the BMX category Allista Griffith rode home ahead of Safraz Komal.
Officials of the bank were on hand to start the race and distribute the prizes. The event was coordinated by Coach Randolph Roberts. (Samuel Whyte)
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