Niles powers away with Powerade Road Race title

After being dethroned in the De Sinco’s Degree feature 35-lap cycle race on the inner circuit of the National Park on Saturday, Team Coco’s Junior Niles returned the following day to the Powerade 25-mile road race on the West side of Demerara to pedal his way to the title.

The veteran rider produced a late surge from a group of four to finish on top, in a time of one hour eight minutes, after the race was reduced from 50 miles to 25 miles.

Junior Niles
Junior Niles

The riders started at the usual starting point, Wales but took a route through Parfaite Harmonie into Blankenburg and back to Schoonard to cross the finish line.

Niles pedalled past Christopher Holder, Paul De Nobrega who finished second and third respectively as well as fourth placed Ralph Williams and fifth placed, Andrew Hicks and Raphael Leung who completed the top six.

Hicks, although finishing fifth overall, was the first in the Juniors category while Niles also qualified as a Veteran and was therefore the top rider in that category.

Keon Thomas copped first prize in the Mountain Bike race closely followed by Ozia McAulay and Seon Budhan.

Shaquel Agard was another outstanding rider, having ridden off with five of the six sprint prizes.

More cycling action is slated for toady with mountain bikers in the National Park from 09:00h.