By Romario Samaroo
Guyana Overseas Rider of 2016, Geron “Lone Rider” Williams is on a different journey for this season of cycling as he looks to take over the longer version of the sport.
In an interview with Guyana Times Sport, the Guyanese speedster related that, like every year his schedule of balancing work and his career as a rider as well as
personal life is always busy.
However, he is expected to take to the United States of America circuit which sees him competing more than once on a weekly basis, far more than what is afforded on the local arena.
But this year, according to the cycling star, will bring about a change in focus for his New York based club, CRCA/Foundation who will be aiming to tackle the longer races such as one day classics and stage races, rather than criterion racing which is a shortened form of road racing.
Williams was adamant to highlight the efforts made by DeSinco Trading and his club CRCA/Foundation who make the trips possible and give him the opportunity to wear the Guyana colours. The well-spoken cyclist also praised the unwavering support from his family, especially his mother, father and sister who continue to motivate him and encourage him with their presence at all of his races.
While January is usually a slow month for Williams, he is nevertheless preparing for the journey ahead, taking into consideration his diet and gym time to remain in competition shape prior to pedal-off which he hopes will be in February. Williams pointed out that he will like to make an immediate impact on the local scene.
“January is usually a slow month for me as I prepare to begin my season. With my training schedule taking shape and form slowly coming around, I’m looking forward to starting my campaign locally in February providing there are races,” Williams stated.
The following month, Williams will be heading to Florida where he is eyeing to compete in his first major event, the Sunshine Gran Prix in Tampa. “Early March I am hoping to head to Florida where I would be focusing on building up to my first major event which is the Sunshine Grand Prix scheduled to take place in Tampa Florida,” the Foundation rider pointed out.
On the domestic arena, “Lone Rider” has indicated his priority, pending his schedule, in winning the National Championships, a title that paper thinly eluded him in 2016 and captured by Shaquel Agard.
“I’m planning to return to Guyana to compete at the National championships. The annual Independence Three-Stage is an event I would also like to attend providing my schedule allows it,” Williams said.
Generally, the natural-born cyclist is looking to improve on his overall career with some outstanding performances that could see him taking title after title on both the domestic and international circuits.
“Like every year I’m looking to aim to improve on my overall cycling career, by adding creditable and outstanding performances. Not forgetting to focus on my own personal growth on and off the bike” Williams highlighted.