It will be fireworks on the East Berbice Public Road today as all the top cyclists in the Country are expected to don their cycling gear and head to the Ancient County for the much anticipated Grenville Felix Memorial cycle road race.
The race, which is in its sixth year, is sponsored by the Felix family and organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC). The event which, is coordinated by cycle coach Randolph Roberts is being held in honour of the late engineer, who was 96 when he passed away six years ago.
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 race will official begin when the riders are given the starters flag from Deputy Mayor of New Amsterdam, Wainwright Macintosh when they pass his former residence at 22 Canefield, East Canje. The cyclists will then proceed to the No 51 Police Station before turning back to finish at Canefield, covering a distance of 62 miles.
There will be categories for senior, veterans, juveniles, 12-14 and female riders.
Prizes will be awarded to first three juveniles, first four 12-14, first two females and the first three veterans. There are eight sprint prizes up for grabs.
With the lucrative prizes available and all the top cyclists in the country expected to be on show, the race is expected to be competitive. Most of the cyclists are at their peak at the moment and fireworks are expected as the rider’s battle for supremacy. The defending champion is Jamal John.
According to Roberts, the event this year is expected to be bigger with a lot more incentives.
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 is a father of 10, all of whom are overseas, most of whom along with other relatives would return home to celebrate the event. He was one of Guyana’s first and oldest engineers at the time of his demise, working with Bookers and Guyana Sugar Corporation in Guyana and various parts of the world. He was an ardent Church goer and leader in the Anglican Church, a community leader who served in a number of social services originations and loves to share his knowledge and give back to the society.
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. (Samuel Whyte)
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