By Samuel Whyte
Orville Hinds out of the Mining town of Linden made sure that his over 100 miles
trip to Berbice was not in vain when he soaked up the field to ride away with the fourth annual Guyana Beverage Company sponsored event held last Sunday. The 50-mile road race which was organized by the Flying Ace Cycle was being held for the first time under the Cool Running’s Cran Water Brand.
Hinds riding as an unattached cyclist, was able to hold off a strong challenge from the lead pack of eight to cross the finishing line in a time of one hour fifty-one minutes and fifty-nine seconds (1:51:59secs).
The event which started in front of the Guyana Beverage Company Berbice outlet at Palmyra, proceeded to the No 36 Village in front of the Nand Persaud and Sons group of Companies on the Corentyne before returning to finish at the place of origin.
The race got underway around 14:10hrs with some 38 cyclists drawn from Berbice, Georgetown and Linden being sent on their way by Guyana Beverage Company General Manager Mr. Robert Selman.
After the start, the lead pack of Hinds, Robin Persaud, Paul De Nobrega, Hamza Eastman, Raynauth Jeffrey, Michael Anthony, Christopher Holder and Marlon Williams was off to a blistering start as they made an early break.
The race was competitive throughout as the lead pack was never caught as the riders battled the heavy breeze and the blistering sun as they looked for the opportunity to be crowned the Inaugural Cool Running Cran Water champion. In the end it was the superior stamina of Hinds that prevailed as he won a sprint home from Raynauth Jeffery. Persaud rode in third ahead of De Nobrega, Anthony and Holder.
Anthony was the first junior to finish with the other two spots being taken by Alanzo Ambrose and Romello Crawford.
Marica Dick continues her dominance among the females with an easy win with Christine Matherson and Tashana Doris occupying the other two spots. The female cyclists were required to ride from the Tain Berbice Campus to the finish line.
The first four cyclists from the FACC that completed the race were also rewarded with Ray Millington, Elijah Brijader, Audrel Ross and Syborne Fernandez occupying those positions.
The prime point prizes were taken by Eastman and Jeffery with two each, while Hinds, De Nobrega, Williams and Persaud took one each.
At the presentation ceremony that followed, General Manager Robert Selman, who travelled to Berbice to be a part of the day’s activity, expressed his pleasure in the turn out and the way the event was conducted. He was also loud in praise and congratulated the Flying Ace Cycle Club, coach Randolph Roberts and the Guyana Police Force for doing a wonderful job.
He said plans are in train to make next year’s event even bigger and better, because the race is growing every year. Letting something out of the bag, Selman stated that for next year’s event they plan to have persons distribute the beverage along the rout of the race. He also said that plans are in train to present a bike to one of the winners next year.
He stated that the gesture is a small way of giving back to the community especially in the field of sport and education. The manager stated that the Guyanese populace has been wonderful in its support to the company. Also accompanying Mr. Selman was Marketing Manager Ms Sheriza Yadram.
Cycle coach and coordinator Randolph Roberts thanked Mr. Selman and the Guyana Beverage Company for being on board with them in helping to promote sports. He said that it is the first time the Cran Water event is being held in Guyana and stated that he is elated that the Company chose the FACC to be the standard bearer. He stated that the company is truly one for all seasons and urged other companies to get on board to help keep cycling and sports in general alive in the country.
Each participant also received Cool Runnings Cran Water branded jerseys and bottles of water. Roberts was assisted in conducting the event by cycling officials Joseph Britton and Eli Hazel.
The police led by Corporal Gobin were commended by all for doing an excellent job and overseeing an incident free activity.
The company whose headquarters is based in Trinidad has a number of subsidiaries throughout the Caribbean and does business in over 56 countries.
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