A number of top cyclists in the country are expects to participate in the fourth annual
‘Benjamin Sports Store’ open cycle race on the Corentyne Highway.
The 50 miles event is expected to pedal off at 10:00hrs today from Fyrish Village in front of the Benjamin Sports Store and proceed to the No 51 Police station before returning to its place of origin.
The veterans, females and beginners are expected to turn around at Nand Persaud and Company Limited and return to the place of origin covering a distance of 30 miles.
There will be prizes for the first six finishers, the top three juniors, the first three veterans and the first three females to cross the finish line. There will also be eight sprint point prizes up for grabs.
A grueling event is anticipated as the riders will be looking to take an early advantage into the new season.
Orville Hinds has won the event twice with Michael Anthony of team Gillette Evolution being the defending champion. As fate would have it the two winners so far are both from Linden. Some sumptuous prizes are up for grabs.
Benjamin, a native of Berbice, was a former national cyclist who represented Guyana at both the junior and senior levels. He was also a former school and junior champion who won the national school championship on three consecutive occasions. He still rides in his adopted home land of Canada where he also operates a sports store. He is expected to be among the riders today.
At present he is one of the top cycle race sponsors in the country where he sponsors three races with lucrative prizes. Apart from the Benjamin Sports store race, he sponsors an event for his father birth anniversary and another race for his mother birthday.
The presentation ceremony will be held immediately after the completion of the event.
The event is organized by the Flying Ace Cycle club.
Cyclists are reminded that they must ride in their club colours.
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