Juban Crawford in a time of 2:05:06 has won the Flying Ace 50-mile 50th anniversary cycle road race in Berbice on Sunday.
Crawford outsprinted Andrew Hicks to win the closely contested event. The third place went to Brian Harris whose time was 2:11:14. Syborne Fernands rode home in a group of five to take the last available prize 10:41 after the winners, he was also the first veteran to complete the distance.
The race peddled off from 48 Stanleytown New Amsterdam, and proceeded to Bush Lot Corentyne before returning to New Amsterdam for the finish at Main and Alexander Streets.
The lone female to enter the race was Whitney Poyer who received the Payless Variety Store trophy as the female winner.
Zaman Khan was the first U-12 rider to cross the finish line ahead of Ralph Seenarine, Delwin and Kenwin Collins in that order. Those riders were given a 5-minute head start and Khan took full advantage of it which earned him three of the eight sprint point prizes up for grabs. Crawford took three and Hicks the other two.
Crawford, Hicks and Harris moved away from the other senior starters from the starting line and soon caught up with the U-12 wheelers minus Khan. They made contact with him after 20-miles of riding and he stayed with them for the next 15 miles before Hicks and Crawford broke away to make it a two-man race.
Meanwhile, the U-12 rider, Khan was given $5000 from Corentyne contractor Gladwyn Abdulla for his fine riding. Coach of the Flying Ace Cycle Club, (FACC) Randolph Roberts also presented Khan with a medal for the improvements he has been showing since he took up the sport.
The race as sponsored by Payless Variety Store, Hand-in-Hand Group of Insurance Companies, Arokium Funeral Home, Pampy’s Chicken Enterprise, the Ministry of Education and the Region Six Regional Democratic Council and was used as a warm-up for Berbice riders
ahead of the annual Independence 3-stage race with legs from Corriverton to New Amsterdam, Rosignol to Georgetown and Linden to Georgetown.