Independence three-stage cycle road race…
Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) of Berbice has named a strong nine-man team inclusive of one female to participate in the 32nd annual Independence three-stage cycle road race which begins tomorrow at 07:30hrs, with the first leg from Corriverton in Berbice to New Amsterdam.
The second leg will also pedal off tomorrow from 14:00hrs at Rosignol, West Bank Berbice and finish on Carifesta Avenue in Georgetown. The third and final stage will see riders moving off at 08:00hrs on Sunday from Cara Cara, Linden to finish on Homestretch Avenue in the City.
The riders are expected to cover an overall distance of 171.5 miles or 274.3 kilometres.
Cyclists named are Ray Millington, Wazim Hassnu, Elijah Bijadder, Keith Griffith, Odrel Ross, Syborne Fernandes, Jamal Jarvisand and Myron Rose who is making a comeback. The lone female is Marica Dick.
Coach Randolph Roberts is confident that his charges will do well since they have been putting in extensive training over the past month for the event. The FACC team will be sponsored and accommodated by Water Chris Hotel.
Roberts is appealing to the general public in Berbice to take notice of the number of cyclists that will be on the road and to take precautions. He is making a special appeal to persons drying paddy on the road to desist or wait until the race would have passed.
Roberts is also appealing to lorry and trailer drivers who are usually parked on the road, especially in the Upper Corentyne area and moreso in the vicinity of Nand Persaud Business Complex to take extra precaution.
Apart from the many clubs in Guyana which are all expected to be represented, teams are also expected from Anguilla, Trinidad and Tobago (Heat Wave) as well as Team Coco’s. Transportation for cyclists to Berbice will leave the Ministry of Sport, Main Street at 11:00hrs today.
Defending champion is Barbadian Jamal Eastman who will be competing for local club, Carlton Wheelers. Eastman’s winning time was Six hours 58 minutes 13 seconds (06h 58m 13s). He won stages one and two last year while Robin Persaud won the third stage. (Samuel Whyte)
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