Romello Crawford continues to show that despite the adversaries he is prepared for the challenged and reach the top.
The 19 year old Berbician put on a splendid piece of riding to take top honours when the Courts Furniture Store Berbice Branch held their 10th annual cycle road in Berbice on Friday last, Mashramani day. The 50 miles, race which was held in observance of Mashramani celebrations was organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club. The race commenced in front of Courts New Amsterdam Branch, Store at Main and St Ann Street then proceeded to Nand Persaud Company at number 36, before turning back to finish at the place of origin.
Crawford, who has been in top form this season so far, rode home in two hours, nine minutes and 53 seconds. A field of 54 cyclists participated in the day’s events.
As the race began a bunch of nine riders led the break away and it was a ding done tussle after.
There were a number of mini breaks, for the advantage but the leaders were quickly roped in.
In the closing stages it was still anyone’s race as those in the front bunch continue their mini breaks, but were not allowed to have their own way. As the riders drew nearer in a reduced bunch to the finishing line it was the Crawford who stepped it up, to pedal home somewhat comfortably in the end.
Hamza Eastman rode in second ahead of a fast finishing Paul DeNobrega with Andrew Hicks fourth and the evergreen veteran Junior Niles fifth, Deraj Ghabaran was sixth, Walter Grant Stuart seventh with Jamal John placing eight,
In the veteran category, Junior Niles won from Jaikaran Sookhai with Paul Choo-Wee-Nam third.
The Juvenile category saw Jonathan Ramsuchit winning from David Hicks. Among the females riders Shenika Tiexeira rode home ahead of Maria Carrington. A special incentive was awarded to 71 years old Monty Paris for participating in various races. d
Among riders from the FACC Balram Narine ahead of Ralph Seenarine was the one with the highest placing.
Among the BMX riders -in the 6-9 category Nashun Rigby rode alone to win. In the BMX 9-12 category Jaheme Henry from Linden won easily ahead of Nehum Rigby, Shaquille Dow and Munish Bhowandin.
The sprint point prizes were taken by Eastman with four, Crawford three and De Nobrega, Hicks and Christopher Griffith one each.
Speaking at the simple presentation ceremony that followed immediately after in front of the Courts Store was Berbice Branch Manager, Stanley McKenzie.
He said that, “Courts is always a leader be it, business, community activity, education, sports, culture or whatever we are there as a part of the community. We are here to fill the needs of our people. We see sports as one of the mediums to promote a strong community.”
He had words of thanks for the cyclists’, especially the winners, all the spectators and every one that participated and helped to make the activity a success.
He had special words of commendation for the FACC and Coordinator and Coach Randolph Roberts for the exceptional work he has been putting in over the years and his efforts to make that even a success.
A pleased McKenzie urged those present including the riders to continue to support Courts, Promising that the event will be bigger and better and to make it a calendar event in Berbice.
The police were also commended for their splendid work during the event. (Samuel Whyte)
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