DeNobrega, Team Alanis top podium at Farmsup/Doosan/Team Alanis-organised cycling
It was a close contest, but Team Evolution’s Paul DeNobrega made it two wins in as many races when he stopped the clock at one hour 45 minutes in the 45-mile Farmsup/Doosan/Team Alanis-organised race on the West Side.
The race commenced at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara and fled to Bushy Park at Parika, East Bank Essequibo, before returning to the point of origin. Two of Team Alanis’s seasoned riders, Paul Cho Wee Nam (second) and Kemuel Moses (third), rounded out the top three spots in the mass sprint finish.
Marus Keiler finished in fourth, while Roy Wilson (fifth) and Ralph Williams (sixth) were the top six finishers who received cash payouts in the senior category.
The race started slowly, but upon return, all breakaway proved unsuccessful. With the final 800 metres to go to the finish, DeNobrega made his move despite being tagged throughout the race by Andre Padlock Green.
This publication was able to catch up with the big winner following the race, who shared that while it was tough, and challenging at some points, his team (Team Evolution) had a master plan for the win.
“It was quite tough. With an event like this, a lot of men do come out. A lot of strong teams, but most of the teams were riding against Team Evolution, which is my team. So, it was a pretty tough race,” DeNobrega related.
Probed about the challenge, the champion cyclist answered, “Yeah! But we had a plan, the team, that is. I was waiting for the sprint and the other guys were trying to defend to keep the race together for me to come down to the sprint, and it came to plan.”
Meanwhile, in the other categories, Berbician Mario Washington continued to reign supreme in the junior category, finishing first, ahead of We Stand United Aaron Newton and Team Alanis’s Sherwin Sampson in that order.
Guyana’s top female rider Suzanne Hamilton won her category, stopping the clock at one hour six minutes in her 30-mile ride, ahead of Anaisha Crandon.
Cho Wee Nam topped the Masters-U50 category, followed by Ralph Williams and Monty Lewis. In the Over-50 category, Ian Shaw, Ian Jackson and Berbice’s Gary Benjamin came in that order.
Deeraj Garbaran won three sprint prizes, while Christopher Griffith took two of the ten sprint prizes on offer in the big money racing event. This event was organised by Team Alanis Cycle Club (TACC). Farm Supplies Ltd (Farmsup) has stuck to its promise to present a total of $485,000 in prizes.
Director of Sport, Steve Ninvalle, who was present at the grand finale and presentation, was pleasantly surprised with the cycling action.
“I’m not really a cycling person, but I was really surprised to see the amount of people coming in in a very short space of time, so it’s half a second or so that you had 30, maybe 35 riders coming in,” an elated Ninvalle shared.
The Director of Sport added, “So, my hat’s off to the Guyana Cycling Federation, my hats off to Farm Supplies for also coming on board. We really need to have this private/public sector sort of initiative in order to push sports further.”