By Samuel Whyte
Andrea ‘Padlock’ Green of the Trojan Cycling club showed that his first win was no fluke when he for the second time locked out his opponents before riding away to win his second consecutive race when the Flying Ace Cycle Club of Berbice held another race in the Ancient County.
The 40 miles event, which was organized by cycling coach Randolph Roberts and dubbed the ‘The People’s 40-miler’, because it was sponsored by a number of business entities in Berbice, saw Green winning in a close duel in a neck and neck battle from club mate Andrew Hicks as the two opened a two miles gap on the other 20 cyclists.
The race pedaled off from Marks Bridge at No 60 Stanleytown around 09:30 hrs with the riders once again adopting the flying start before being sent on their way in front of Mara and Sons General Store at Main and St Magdalene Street. The event proceeded to Adventure Police Training College on the Corentyne before returning to finish at Main and Alexander Streets in New Amsterdam.
As the cyclists were sent on their way, a four man bunch of Green, Hicks and the FACC duo of Wasim Hassnu and Cort La Rose went to the front early. However, in the vicinity of Spready’s Bakery at Port Mourant, the persistent Green made another move and went on a one man crusade. Hicks after a while decided to jump the others and locked horns with Green in the vicinity of Tain UG Berbice Campus. The two cyclists then had their own duel to the turn back point. The pattern was much the same on the downward journey with Green and Hicks continuing the battle to the finish line.
Ray Millington rode home third in a close finish from veteran Wilbert Benjamin fourth and Romallo Crawford fifth with Everal Mundy coming sixth. The other two positions were taken by Cort La Rose and Syborne Fernandes to round out the eight top finishers.
The top female rider was Christabel Lambert with Marica Dick back on the road after a lay off having cycle problems.
The junior boy’s race was won by David Sampson. Among the U16 females Deance Welch had things her way ahead of Shemika Texiera.
Green claimed four sprint prizes, the same as he did on the last occasion. Hicks copped two with one apiece going to Millington and La Rose.
At the presentation ceremony a number of persons congratulated the FACC and Roberts in particular in his herculean job in trying to bring back cycling to the fore in Berbice. They stated that the regular cycling events will definitely keep the cyclists fit and ready for bigger events in other parts of Guyana and overseas.
Roberts reiterated his call for other business entities to come on board and support the youth, sports and education in Berbice.
The police under the command of Officer In charge of Traffic, Superintendent Calvin Brutus once again came in for high praise from Roberts and other officials.
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