Promising young Berbice junior cyclist Andrew ‘Padlock’ Green returned to winning
ways on Sunday when he rode away with the latest cycle race held in Berbice. The 50 mile event was sponsored by the ‘Home Line Furnishing and organized by the Flying Ace Cycle Club.
The event, which began in front of the Home Lime business premises at Rose Hall Town Corentyne, saw the riders pedaling to No. 62 before turning back to finish at its point of origin.
Green, who earlier this year was unstoppable on the roads in Berbice was out of the limelight for a while. He chose the right time to return to form, a few days before the prestigious five stage cycle event.
Riding in the race which was dubbed the 5-stage warm up, Green was out early along with Andrew Hicks and Romello Crawford. Green and Hicks then opened a lead on the chasing bunch as they battled for dominance early. They hit the turn back almost in tandem and headed for the finishing point.
The chasing bunch, which included Ray Millington, Wilber Benjamin, Elijah Brijadder, Samuel Mootoo, Romello and Juban Crawford tried desperately to catch the leaders, but were not successful.
Meanwhile, Romello Crawford and Millington then made a move as they broke away from the bunch, but try as they may they could not catch the leaders. Meanwhile, Green led his Trojan teammate Hicks across the finish line as Crawford outsprinted Millington for third with Millington fourth. Veteran Wilbur Benjamin led the sprint home to cop fifth ahead of Juban Crawford with Brijadder losing out of the top six.
Green rode away with six sprint point prizes with Hicks taking two and Romello Crawford one.
The duo of Green and Hicks also copped the two top prizes in the junior category with Juban Crawford third.
The juveniles and females had their race from Adventure to the finish line and saw Kemo Logan riding in first with David Sampson second.
The female race was won by Marica Dick with Christine Matherson and Whitney Poyer occupying the other two spots.
The event was to mark the third anniversary of the company in Rose Hall Town and twenty-fifth anniversary of the company’s existence.
CEO of Home Line Furnishing Ayube Hamid and Manager David Hamid both spoke at the event. They thanked the participants for taking part in the race and congratulated the winners. They promised to make the event an annual affair.
Meanwhile, CEO Ayube Hamid used the opportunity to call on other businesses to come forward and support sports and community activities.
The event was coordinated by cycling coach Randolph Roberts who thanked the Home Line Furnishing Company for coming forward to assist. He urged others to do likewise.
Roberts also used the opportunity to call on the authorities to make sure that the roads are not used for all kind of odd activities. His call came after one of the cyclists crashed into a heap of sand that was dumped carelessly on the road. Roberts also asked the cyclists to be careful and lookout for obstacles.
During the event, female rider Crystal Lambert crashed into the sand then fell on some stalls that usually line the Rose Hall thoroughfare. She had to be treated at the hospital for bruises about her body.
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