Williams claims first National Road Race c/ships

Geron Williams claimed his first National Road Race Championship yesterday with a photo finish victory after staving off a fast closing Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams on Homestretch Avenue.

The Team Continental rider, who will quickly turn his attention to next month’s Commonwealth Games, was part of a thrilling finish to the grueling 100-mile event after holding off his namesake and defending champion, Raynauth Jeffrey.

“For me right now it’s a surreal moment,” said Williams. “It’s unbelievable! I’m just happy to win this race today. I still can’t really believe it but it’s good for the first time that I won the road race title. It’s something that I’ve wanted for a while it evaded me in 2012 but I’m glad I have it now.”

Yesterday’s top performers take a photo opportunity following the National Cycling Championships. (Orlando Charles photo)
Yesterday’s top performers take a photo opportunity following the National Cycling Championships. (Orlando Charles photo)

The 23-year-old was made to work hard for his victory, with Williams along with Jeffrey and Paul DeNobrega attacking in the final stages after a nine-man lead group had emerged off of the Linden/Soesdyke Highway.

DeNobrega missed out on a medal after failing to keep up with the pace as the race reached its climax on the home straight.

Victory for Williams should prove the ideal preparation for his Commonwealth Games campaign in Glasgow, Scotland next month.

After a pedestrian start on Homestretch Avenue, the race did not have much talking points until Team Coco’s Hamza Eastman broke away from the peloton in the hills of the Linden’s Highway and established a gap, which reached two minutes at its peak.

Geron Williams being the work horse that he is managed to bridge the gap with Jeffrey, DeNobrega, Marlon Williams and others in tow.

The nine-man break then journeyed to Providence but three riders were dropped from the pace set by Geron Williams who said he had to stay with the likes of Marlon Williams and Jeffrey, his Commonwealth Games teammates in order to give himself a chance of winning.

With about 250m from the finish, Williams rolled up the sprint, ‘Fishy’ responded but was just could not catch his fellow national rider before the line.


Distaff Side

UK based, Claire Fraser Green who won the Time Trial Championship on Saturday, took the champion’s jersey for the road race after easily out pedaling Toshwanna Doris and Crystal Lambert.


Geron Williams (left) edging Marlon Williams on the line to claim the senior National Road Race title. (Orlando Charles photo)
Geron Williams (left) edging Marlon Williams on the line to claim the senior National Road Race title. (Orlando Charles photo)

Quick Results


Geron Williams

Marlon Williams

Raynauth Jeffrey



Stephano Husbands

Akeem Arthur

Alonzo Ambrose



Claire Fraser Green

Toshwanna Doris

Crystal Lambert


Veterans Under 45

Stephen Fernandes


Veterans Over 45

Raymond Newton

Note: Yesterday’s 100-mile road race was the longest ever one-day event in cycling history. (Emmerson Campbell)



Latest in Sports

Sohail Tanvir

Harper looking for positive start to title chase

Guyana Amazon Warriors Head Coach Roger Harper said he is satisfied with the form shown by his players during the 2016 pre-Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) camp and expects them to begin their title chase on a positive note.

default placeholder

Griezmann double sends hosts France into last eight

LYON, France, (Reuters) – Hosts France came from behind to beat 10-man Ireland 2-1 and reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals after a tactical switch freed forward Antoine Griezmann to score two second-half goals at Parc OL yesterday.

default placeholder

Chile retain Copa with shootout win over Argentina

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, (Reuters) – Chile upset favourites Argentina with a penalty shootout victory in the Copa America final at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to retain their title in the world’s oldest continental soccer competition.

Off-spinner Sunil Narine (left) will be a key member of the West Indies attack.

Confident Windies seek happy ending

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies will seek to write a happy ending to a promising Tri-Nations campaign when they clash with Australia in today’s final, in a contest that brings together the champions of the Twenty20 and 50-overs World Cups.

GABF President Nigel Hinds (sitting centre) displaying an official team jersey in the presence of Director of Sport Christopher Jones (2nd from left sitting) while members of the Guyana Boys and Girls u16 squads and management staff look on

GABF unveils teams for CBC c/ships

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) officially unveiled yesterday the Boys and Girls u16 teams that will be representing the nation at the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championship on local shores.

default placeholder

Jeffrey crowned Time Trial champion for a third time

Add another National Time-Trial title to Raynauth Jeffrey’s collection. Yesterday, the 22-year old star cyclist put on an epic display of racing against the clock and the inclement weather to earn the title of National Senior Time Trial champion for the third time.

Darren Bravo is one of only two West Indian batsmen to score a century in the current Ballr Tri Series One Day tournament.

Bravo! West Indies never-say-die

For Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel playing in only his second One Day International it was ‘D’ Day at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday as West Indies took on South Africa to secure a place in the final of the Bellr Tri-Nation tournament where they will face world champions Australia today.

default placeholder

Mixed fortunes for Floodlights

Floodlights softball cricket team endured mixed fortunes last Sunday when the Wolf’s Challenge Cup softball cricket tournament continued at various ground in Georgetown.


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: