National Champion rider Orville Hinds of Team Gillette Evolution in a time of 2:12:11s won the Courts Independence 50-miler in Berbice on Sunday.
All the winners pose for a photo opportunity with Courts NA Branch Manager Stanley McKenzie extreme left
Hinds dominated the entire race and together with Andrew Hicks of Trojan Cycle Club led the pack for almost the entire race.
The two along with Silvio Innis took the lead from the time Region Six Chairman David Armogan downed the flag to send the cyclists off on their 50-mile journey. Hicks took four of the eight sprint point, Hinds three and Innis one.
With six miles left Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams (Team Gillette Evolution), Shaquille Agard of Linden Bauxite Flyers Cycle Club, Christopher Griffith and Jeban Romello Crawford broke away from the peloton and soon were on the heels of the leaders.
With three miles to go, it was a race of seven desperate riders. Hicks’ chain slipped off the gearwheel and he was out of contention. Williams finished second behind his teammate. The third place went to Agard. Crawford who crossed the finish line fourth was given the fifth spot because he was assisted during the race. Griffith was fourth. Innis rounded off the top six finishers.
Hicks was able to complete the race as the second junior cyclist behind Deeraj Gabbanan.
The race wheeled off from in front of the company’s New Amsterdam Branch at Main and St Ann Streets and pedaled to Persaud Rice Mills at Number 37 Village, Corentyne before returning to the point of origin.
Meanwhile, females and U-16 cyclists participated in a 10-mile race from Fyrish Village and finished outside of Courts New Amsterdam. The first three female were Christine Matterson, Whitney Poyer and Shamika Teixeira finishing in that order.
Prior to the start of the race, BMX riders competed in a 1.5-mile race from Marks Bridge to Courts. The winners were Zamal Khan, Jason Cameron, Kevin Collins and Gemoore Daniels in that order.
Meanwhile, Curtis Dey and Clement Dorris also received prizes as being the first two riders from Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) to cross the finish line.
Coach of the FACC Randolph Roberts, in acknowledging that this was the third year the Courts had sponsored the event, explained that it is normally held in observance of Guyana’s republic anniversary, but because this year Guyana will be celebrating its 50th Independence anniversary, it was so named.
“When Courts came to Guyana, cycling was the first sporting event that they got themselves in.” He also took the opportunity to call on the corporate business community in New Amsterdam to follow Courts and support sports and more so cycling.
Manager of Courts New Amsterdam, Stanley McKenzie in brief remarks thanked all of the participants and noted that he was particularly pleased to see riders from Linden and Georgetown participating. He promised to make the event bigger next year when it will return to the Courts Republic race.
Twenty-five riders participated in the main race. Marketing Director of the company Burnel Cummings gave a guarantee that Courts will partner with the FACC next year to have the event. (Andrew Carmichael)