By Franklin Wilson
Raynauth ‘Obeah Man’ Jeffrey (Foundation) and Claire Fraser-Green (Continental Cycle Club) successfully defended their respective senior and female titles when the 2018 edition of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) National Championships Time Trials were held on the Linden Soesdyke Highway.
The 12-Mile course which started just off the Yarrowkabra Police Station saw the competitors having to maneuver their way though a few hills to complete the distance which was done for the first time, being doubled from last year.
Jeffrey, winning for the third consecutive year, was clocked 28 Minutes 36 Seconds with junior winner and defending Road Race champion Briton John (United We Stand Cycle Club) in 29’ 34″ ending 3rd behind his club mate, Andrew Hicks who was timed at 29’ 24″. John had placed 3rd last year in the junior contest.
Rising junior sensation Ajay Gopilall (Torjan Cycle Club) placed 2nd in 34’ 32″ with the 3rd place going to Donovan Fraser (Unattached) in 34’ 51″.
Fraser, who has placed her stamp on the championship for the sixth successive year, again defeated the only other female contestant, S
henika Teixeira of Trojan Cycle Club as the ladies participation continues to be a huge challenge.
Taking the top spot in the Masters race was Carlton Wheelers Cycle Club’s Jaikarran Sukhai in a time of 31’ 42″ with Team Evolution’s Stephen Fernandes next in 32’ 57″ and Paul Thomas who is riding Unattached, claiming 3rd in 33’ 45″.
Attention will be turned today to what would be a grueling Road Race, the miles that have to be clocked are the most for any local event.
The Road Race route today for the masters, juniors, juveniles and ladies will pedal off at Homestretch Avenue this morning from 07:30hrs in front of the National Sports Commission, proceed East along Homestretch Avenue, right into Mandela Avenue, left at DSL into the East Bank Carriageway, South along Houston Public Road all the way to Timehri where cyclists will turn around at the end of the double ro
Return to the Linden Soesdyke Junction, make a right onto the Linden Soesdyke Highway and turn around at Long Creek before returning to the starting line at Homestretch Avenue for the finish.
After turning at Timehri, juveniles and ladies will not make the right turn onto the Linden Soesdyke Highway, they will continue on the downward journey to Homestretch Avenue for the finish. The masters and juniors will cover a distance of 80 miles (128.75km) while the juveniles and ladies will battle over 52 miles (83.69km).
The GCF is reminding that that junior and juvenile cyclists would not be allowed to compete at these championships without junior gears. The federation has indicated that this is a UCI rule that would be enforced, noting that clubs would have been encouraged to follow this rule for three years now.
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