Final push for Independence Three-Stage riders today
— Powerade cycling set for National Park
By Avenash Ramzan
Today provides the final opportunity for local riders to test their level of preparedness for next weekend’s highly anticipated Independence Three-Stage cycling meet, with the staging of the sixth annual Powerade 11-race programme at the inner circuit of the National Park.
The Three-Stage is one of the biggest cycling events in the country, with local and foreign riders competing for top honours in various categories.
Today’s programme, which is being coordinated by national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed, will pedal off at 09:00h with the country’s up and coming riders taking centre stage in the various BMX age group races. It is the final competitive event before the Three-Stage
Young boys and girls will compete in the BMX 6-9, 9-12, 12-14, Open and BMX Boys and Girls, followed by the seasoned campaigners
taking to the line to showcase their prowess.
They would compete in the Juniors/Juveniles, Veterans Under and Over-50, Mountain Bikes and the feature 35-lap School Boys and Invitational.
Last year’s main race was won Team Gillette Evolution’s Michael Anthony, who completed the course in a time of one hour, 15 minutes, 03 seconds (01h: 15m: 03s).
Jamal John of Team Coco’s won the 10-lap Juveniles race in 23 minutes, 57.6 seconds (23m: 57.6s), while fellow teammate John Niles topped the five-lap Veterans Under-50 in 11 minutes, 56 seconds (11m: 56s).
With a time of seven minutes, 56 seconds (07m: 56s), Daniel Perreira won the 12-14 Boys and Girls three-lap race, while Raynauth Jeffrey won the five-lap Mountain Bike race in 12 minutes, 57 seconds (12m: 57s).
Representatives of Banks DIH Limited, including Outdoor Events Manager, Mortimer Stewart, are expected to witness the races and assist in the presentation of prizes at the conclusion. ([email protected])