Packed cycling programme set for this weekend

Cyclists are sure to be in high spirits and licking their lips at the prospect of this weekend, as a packed cycling progamme awaits them courtesy of national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed.

Cyclists during last Sunday's race
Cyclists during last Sunday’s race

On the back of the grueling and highly competitive Guyana Cycling Federation’s National Championship over the weekend, cyclist will first focus their attention to the inner circuit of the National Park for the sixth annual Malta Supreme 11-race programme. The day’s events will commence from 09:00 hrs and is expected to be well attended coming off the heels of the massive support received last Sunday.

National road race champion Geron Williams and Time Trials winner Raynauth Jeffrey are expected to grace the starting line for the feature 35-lap School Boys and Invitational. Competition should be at a high especially among the team Evolution, Coco and Alanis riders.

The top local riders including Orville Hinds, Michael Anthony, Marlon “fishy” Williams, Raul Leal, Shaquille Agard and Paul DeNobrega will look to regain some form of redemption after being generally overshadowed over the weekend.

Orville Hinds of team Evolution is the defending champion, winning last year’s race in a time of one hour, 19 minutes, 49.90 seconds.

 Other winners from last year’s event were Jamal John (Juveniles), Ralph Williams (Veterans U-50), Sean Budhan (Mountain Bikes) and Daniel Perriera (12-14 Boys and Girls).

 Representatives of Malta Supreme, including Banks DIH Limited’s Non-Alcoholic Br and Manager, Clayton McKenzie are expected to witness the races and later assist in the presentation of prizes.

 On Sunday July 3, the riders will turn their attention to the West Demerara roadway, for the Dr Chase and Seven Seas seventh annual road race. The race is scheduled to start at 08:00 hrs outside the Wales Police Station and proceed in and out of Scoonard then along the West Bank public road and all the way to Uitvlugt and back where it would finish at the Demerara Harbour Bridge.

The defending champion is Lindener Shaquille Agard of Bauxall of Linden Bauxite Flyers Cycling Club, who won last year’s race in one hour, 53 minutes, 57 seconds. Andrew Hicks (Juniors), Junior Niles (Veterans U-50) and Sean Budhan (Mountain Bikes) were also winners in their respective categories.

 Dr Chase and Seven Seas representatives Nirvana Thakur and Karen Cornell are expected to be at the finish line to distribute the prizes and address the gathering.

 Both events are being organised by Mohamed, in collaboration with the Carlton Wheelers Cycle Club.