All the necessary ingredients are in place for an explosive National Cycling Championships 2014 hosted by the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) today and tomorrow.
UK based female rider Claire Fraser-Green has made the long trek back home to compete like she has been doing and will start as favourite to reclaim the title that was won by Naomi Singh last year. Singh, Kaieteur Sport understands, is overseas at the moment which means that Toshwanna Doris and Marica Dick of Berbice are the possible threats to the experienced Fraser-Green.
GCF President Cheryl Thompson has disclosed that they have included for the first time, the juvenile category with a view to encouraging the younger riders who have been doing well over the past few years.
Thompson also disclosed that in keeping with the FIFA world Cup, Brazil focus and the start of the round-of-16 today, the GCF will start early today and tomorrow to accommodate the riders and officials who are football fanatics and followers.
The Time Trials today will start at 10:00hrs at Loo Creek on the Linden Soesdyke Highway proceed to Kairuni before returning to the starting point for the finish; registration will commence one hour earlier.
The senior riders will do 20 miles, juniors 15 while the ladies, juveniles and veterans will cover 12 miles.
Tomorrow’s Road Race will pedal off at 07:00hrs after registration at 06:00hrs. Seniors will cover 100 miles from Homestretch Avenue to Kairuni, Linden Soesdyke Highway and return. Juniors will do 70 miles turning back at the Police Outpost on the Linden Soesdyke Highway and back to the starting line.
Veterans and ladies will cover a distance of 45 miles turning back at the first Parking Lot at Kuru Kururu o the Linden Soesdyke Highway while the juveniles will cover 40 miles, turning back at Coverden on the East Bank and returning to the place of origin.
The junior category can be the most exciting category with the likes of defending champion Michael Anthony set to take on the challenge of rivals Akeem Arthur, Stephano Husbands, Shaquelle Agard, Alanzo Ambrose, Jamal John, Raphael Leung and Raul Leal among others.
Not to be outdone, the senior riders will have their own rivalry brewing between reigning champion Raynauth Jeffrey and USA based Geron Williams who has returned to compete. Add to the fray, the likes of Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams, Robin Persaud, Paul Choo-Wee-Nam, Christopher Holder, Albert Philander, Godfrey Pollydore, Orville and Delroy Hinds and fans are in for a major treat. Alanzo Greaves who is currently training in the USA has been exempted by the GCF.
Defending Under-45 veteran champ is Junior Niles while the Over-45 king is Ian ‘Deaf Boy’ Jackson. The Time Trials will be contested as open veteran.
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