While not attracting a huge turn out the fifth Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports/National Sports Commission/Guyana Cycling Federation BIG RIDE 5 was held yesterday afternoon.
Director of Sport Neil Kumar, who sent the participants on their way and also addressed them after, thanked all for taking part in an event that he said is the brainchild of Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony who has always been an advocate of adapting a healthy lifestyle through sports and in this case, cycling.
Pedaling off from the University of Guyana access road just after 16:00hrs, the participants were led by the youngest participant, 3 year-old Tyler Goring and the youngest female, 5 year-old Jessica Mohabir as they made their way to the Carifesta Sports Complex, Carifesta Avenue.
Both Goring and Mohabir were presented with trophies and would be recipients of two of the four cycles promised by Minister Anthony, the other two persons would be deiced by Guyana Cycling Federation President Ms. Cheryl Thompson and National Coach Hassan Mohamed.
Industry, which had the largest group of riders (male and female, young and old) rode away with four of the 10-prizes on offer. They captured the trophy for the Village with the most riders; Organisation with the most riders; Largest Youth Group and Largest Female Group.
The trophy for the Best Uniformed Group went to Team Coco’s; it was the first time that a cycle team captured this prize. Sam Tracey took the prize for the Innovative/Creative cycle; Derrick Dass captured the prize for the Oldest Bike while 72 year-old Nova Persaud was the Oldest Rider taking part.
GCF President Cheryl Thompson in her remarks at the presentation also thanked the participants, while stating that she would like to see more communities and competitive cyclists taking part next year. National Sports Commission Member Shawn Richmond also shared brief remarks and noted that the NSC will continue to support the event.
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