A few changes have been made by the organisers as all is set for the sixth edition the Grenville Felix Memorial cycle road race in Berbice, as the organisers and donors strive to make the event bigger.
The event, which is set for Sunday 21st July, is sponsored by the Felix Family and organised by the Flying Ace Cycling Club (FACC). It is being held in honour of the late engineer who passed away five years ago at the age of 96 and is being coordinated by cycling coach Randolph Roberts.
The event is open to cyclists throughout the country and all the top riders are expected to be on show since lucrative prizes will be up for grabs.
The cyclists are expected to pedal off at 13:00hrs with a rolling start from his childhood place of residence at Betsy Ground, East Canje Berbice, in front the Betsy ground Primary School. The rolling start will see the riders covering a further two miles from his former place of residence at 22 Canefield East Canje. At Canefield the cyclists will get the starters flag from Deputy Mayor of New Amsterdam, Wainwright Macintosh. They will then proceed to the No 51 Police Station before turning back to finish in front his former residence at Canefield, covering a total of 62 miles.
There will be categories for senior, veterans and juveniles 12-14 and females.
All the top cyclists in the country are expected to be on show since lucrative prizes will be up for grabs. Prizes will be awarded to first eight finishers, first three juveniles, first four 12-14, first two females and the first three veterans. There are eight sprint prizes up for grabs.
A top flight team of riders from Berbice will be among the lot as they vie to keep the coveted trophy on home soil. The likes of Romello Crawford, Andre Hicks, Curtis Dey, Balram Narine, Andre Green, Ajay Gopilall, and Ralph Sewnarine will be looking to withstand the efforts of the other riders from out of Berbice.
The defending champion is Jamal John.
The Grenville Felix Memorial Trophy is a lien trophy and will be given to the first person who gets their name on it three times. Felix, a father of 10, who was one of Guyana’s first and oldest engineers at the time of his demise, worked with the Bookers and Guyana Sugar Corporation in Guyana and various parts of the world.
This is the eight cycling event held in his honour. The first two was held in honour of his birthday. It was changed to a memorial event after he passed away.
Mrs. Joan Perry and Wienel Felix daughter and granddaughter of the late Mr. Felix during the week presented the sponsorship cheque for the event to organiser and coach Randolph Roberts.
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