The customary route for cycling road races in West Demerara will be changed for this Sunday’s fifth annual Powerade cycling meeting organised by national cycling coach Hassan Mohamed.
The change came about due to ongoing road works in certain parts of West Demerara, Mohamed informed this publication on Friday.
The 45-mile race will start in front of Wales Police Station as per normal, but instead of proceeding to Bushy Park, Parika, and returning to Schoonard for the finish, it will take a different course come Sunday.
Set to pedal off at 08:00h, the race will proceed to Schoonard, turn left into the newly built access road to La Parfaite Harmonie, turn at the junction on the same road, proceed back to the Schoonard public road, thence to Leonora, where the riders will make the final turn and head to the western end of the Demerara Harbour Bridge for the finish.
Team Gillette Evolution’s Raul Leal is the defending champion, having won last year’s event in a time of one hour, 55 minutes, 44.81 seconds (01h: 55m: 44.81s). Other winners from 2015 are Andrew Hicks in the Junior category, Junior Niles in the Veterans Under-50, Keon Thomas in the Mountain Bikes division and Johnny Cravalle in the Veterans Over-60.
Eight prime prizes will be up for grabs during the course of the race, while the first six finishers in the Open division will be rewarded. There will also be incentives for the top three riders in the Junior, Veteran, Mountain Bike and Female categories, as well as the first Over-60 cyclist to cross the finish line.
Banks DIH Limited is the distributor of Powerade and the company’s Outdoor Events Manager, Mortimer Stewart, is expected to be on hand to assist in the presentation of prizes at the conclusion. (Avenash Ramzan)