Jan 26, 2014 Sports Comments Off on 21st Ricks & Sari Agro Industries 11-Race Meet Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams wins feature contest in City season opener Anthony is top juvenile
By Franklin Wilson
Roraima Bikers Club cyclist, Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams pedaled his way to a convincing win in the feature school boys and invitational 35-lap race when the cycling season in the city got underway yesterday at the Mecca for the sport, the National Park.
Setting the season off in fine style was faithful sponsor Ricks & Sari Agro Industries Limited and this was the 21st year that they have been sponsoring this event.
Williams held his nerves among a star studded quartet – Raynauth Jeffrey, Orville Hinds and rising junior Michael Anthony – which had held the advantage from the 10th of the 35-lap duel.
The lead rotated from time to time among the leaders as they sought to maintain a handsome lead on the second pack. It was any body’s guess as to whom would have taken victory but the most experienced of the bunch, Williams, emerged the victor in One Hour 17 Minutes 09.68 Seconds.
Orville Hinds of United Bike Shop had to settle for the second place improving from his third place spot last year, while Team Coco’s Michael Anthony, who had earlier won the juvenile 10-lap battle, placed third ahead of another Team Coco’s rider, Raynauth Jeffrey who won the same race last year. Carlton Wheelers’ Robin Persaud and Junior Niles (Team Coco’s) closed out the top six positions in that order.
Jeffrey took three of the eight prime prizes, with one each for Williams, Hinds, Anthony, Andre Abdool and Walter Grant-Stuart.
A total of 43 riders started the feature race but the pace turned out to be too rigorous for many and they dropped out at varying points. Some were even lapped but opted to complete the course to put in valuable leg hours.
National Coach Hassan Mohamed, who organised a record 42 events (National Park and Road Races) in 2013, complimented Ricks & Sari Agro Industries for their committed and unwavering support for the sport.
Mohamed also challenged all the riders to be in top shape as he would not be relenting in terms of more races being added to the calendar this year.
Repeating as champions for another year were Junior Niles in the veteran Under-50 5-lap event as well as Over-60 stalwart, Maurice Fagundes.
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