Powerade Cycling set for Saturday at National Park
Cycling is set to return to the inner circuit of the national park tomorrow with the Banks DIH sponsored Powerade 11-race cycling programme organized by national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed. The event now sponsored for seven consecutive years by the beverage giants through its Powerade sports drink brand is set to peddle off at 09:00 Hrs.
The programme, initially scheduled for May 7 but rescheduled due to the inclement weather is set to showcase some of the best young talent and possibly the next generation of Guyanese cycling.
Young boys and girls will compete in the BMX 6-9, 9-12, 12-14, Open and BMX Boys and Girls.
The more experienced riders will then take centre stage in the Juniors/Juveniles, Veterans Under and Over-50 and Mountain Bikes.
Fresh off the Independence 3-Stage meet, the feature 35-lap School Boys and Invitational race should attract some of the big names in likes of defending champion Michael Anthony, last week Independence 3-stage winner Orville Hinds, Marlon “Fishy” Williams, Raul Lear, Paul DeNobrega and 2013 winner Paul Choo-Wee-Nam.
Last year’s feature race was won by Team Evolution’s Michael Anthony in a time of one hour, 15 minutes, 03 seconds (01h: 15m: 03s) while Jamal John of Team Coco’s won the 10-lap Juveniles race in 23 minutes, 57.6 seconds (23m: 57.6s)
Junior Niles (Coco) for the fourth year running won 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).
Mohamed said he is looking forward for a large group of riders taking to the starting line, as most of the top cyclists are in the country following their participation in the 34th annual Independence Three-Stage road race last weekend.
Cyclists are sure to refresh with Powerade sports drink while representatives of the sponsor, Banks DIH Limited, are expected to assist in the presentation of prizes after a full day of competitive cycling action.