Jamal John sprinted away from Linden top rider Michael Anthony to win the annual Cheddi Jagan Cycle Road race in West Demerara.
After the tough race in Berbice, the Cheddi Jagan 20th Memorial Cycle Race sprinted off from the Wales Police station, proceeded to Bushy Park on the East Bank of Essequbo, before returning to Schoonord for a photo finish.
John dominated the race, capturing four of the cash incentive sprint prizes. However, Anthony was fully in the race, too, capturing two of the prime prizes; the other two went to Hamza Eastman and Stephano Husbands.
Third place went to Alanzo Ambrose, followed by fourth place Christopher Griffith, fifth by Curtis Dey, while in sixth position was Mark Harris.
Dey was the winner in the junior category and he was followed in second place by Christopher Cornelius and third place Adeale Hodge. The veteran /master, Junior Niles, was just too good, winning from Ralph Williams and third place Lear Nunes. Shane Bourne won from Ozia Macullay in the Mountain Bike category.
The highly successful event was organized by National Cycle Coach Hassn Mohamad and sponsored by the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) District Committee.
On hand to distribute prizes/trophies were several leaders of the PPP.
Junior Niles was honoured appropriately, receiving a beautiful 20th anniversary plaque from Former Director of Sport and Member of Parliament, Neil Kumar. Niles, who competed in all twenty races of the Cheddi Jagan Memorial Race, received his prize with smiles and thunderous applause from his colleagues and the well attended cycle supporters who were at the impressive closing ceremony of the race.
The beautiful plaque read thus: “PPP salutes cyclist Junior Niles for riding in all 20 of the Cheddi Jagan Memorial Cycle Races. Ride on Junior!”
The fully fit Junior Niles expressed thanks to Kumar and his Party for recognizing him.
Junior Niles developed from an upright cyclist to a champion rider in Guyana. Today, the recognized veteran is confident that his young son will be following his footsteps and emulate him as a rider.