The Flying Ace Cycling Club ended its 2014 season on a high when it successfully staged
the sixth annual Phillip Arokium Memorial cycle Road Race in Berbice. The event which was open to all cyclists in Guyana saw a number of top riders taking to the starting line in their quest for the lucrative prizes available.
In the end it was the young and fit legs of Hamza Eastman that took the top spot in the 60-miler as he crossed the finish line in a time of Two Hours 31 Minutes and 31 Seconds (2:31:31).
The riders were sent on their way from the Philadelphia and Main Street Junction, proceeded to No 43. Bridge on the Corentyne and back to finish at Main and Alexander Streets.
Eastman beat off the stiff challenge of Michael Anthony, Junior Niles finished third followed by Orville Hinds, Paul De Nobrega, Christopher Holder, Marlon Williams and Mario King in that order.
During the race, Eastman, Anthony, King, Hinds, De Nobrega, Holder, Williams and Stephano Husbands made an early break and continued to increase the lead on the journey along the Corentyne Highway. Husbands soon faded to leave the six to continue their battle.
As the miles increased the cyclists were showing no let up approaching the turn back point. The battle continued into the return journey when Eastman and Anthony made another break. Eastman took his opportunity around the Canje Bridge entrance using his power to move away from Anthony who made a desperate effort to reconnect but to no avail. Anthony was the first junior to cross the line doing so
ahead of Romello Crawford and Stephano Husbands.
The females who had their duel from Rose Hall Town to the finishing line saw Toshwanna Doris, Ronella Samuels, Whitney Poyer and Shamika Teixeira finishing in that order.
Elijah Bhajadder, Audrel Ross and Syborne Fernandez were the first three cyclists from the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) to cross the finishing line.
The sprint prizes were taken by Anthony (2), Andre Abdul, De Nobrega, Eastman, Hinds and Husbands won one each. Organiser and coach Randolph Roberts thanked the Arokium family for their continued support of the sport. He said the late Phillip Arokium was a member of the club and had sponsored many races. (Samuel Whyte)
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