Briton John cops first-ever Bartica Cycling Meet

first_img… Georgetown cyclists dominateUNITED We Stand Cycling Club’s (UWSCC) youngster, Briton John, shone the brightest in the brilliant morning sunshine in the town which is called the ‘Gateway to the Interior’, Bartica, to win the feature event of the town’s first-ever cycling road race.A result of the Mayor and City Council’s collaboration with the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), the cycling meet saw cyclists from Georgetown and as far as Berbice assemble to compete in the various categories.David Hicks was the top Juveniles cyclist with an impressive performance.The feature 35-lap event, which started at the corner of First and Third Avenue, proceeded south along First Avenue, turned right into Sixth Street, left into Fourth Avenue, left into Eighth Street then left into Second Avenue to complete a lap, John managed to outride and out-manoeuvre the other seasoned cyclists.He took a lead midway into the race and never looked back – his youthful energy and enthusiasm winning out in the end.The biggest challenge for most of the cyclists was the hilly terrain which put question marks over the various cyclists’ fitness levels.John rode well to cross the finish line in a time of two hours 58.86 seconds to grab the champion’s trophy and the corresponding cash prize of $150 000.Meanwhile Curtis Dey also rode well to finish second while third to sixth places went to Rastaff Oselmo, Michael Anthony, Paul DeNobrega and Marcus Keiler in that order.In the Veterans category Segun Hubbard surprised Junior Niles to cop that event with the latter settling for second while Raymond Newton placed third.It was an exciting three-way battle in the Juveniles event, with David Hicks prevailing while Sherwin Sampson settled for second with Steve Bhimsim coming in third.Over in the Mountain Bike race, things got a bit sticky with usual top podium finisher, Ozia McAulay, (second place) conceding first place to Shane Boodram while Jamari Sharpe finished third.In the female event, Shenika Teixeira continued her dominance on the distaff side by winning that race comfortably ahead of Felina Stephens.Cash totalling over $400 000 was given away at the historic event, along with other incentives. The top six seniors, top three juniors and veterans were all recipients of prizes.last_img

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