Jeffrey, Williams to spearhead team to Martinique

Elite Caribbean Road Cycling Championships

Raynauth Jeffrey

Invitation letters for the Elite Caribbean Road Cycling Championships have been issued to all national federations and Guyana has responded.

According to Assistant Racing Secretary of the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF), Joesph Britton, the federation has named a five-man team to compete at the annual championships in five weeks.

The event is scheduled for Martinique and will be held on the weekend of 21-22 October.

Britton told Stabroek Sport yesterday that National Road Race champion, Raynauth Jeffrey, former national road race champion, Geron Williams, Jermaine Burrowes along with Paul DeNobrega and Jamal John will be Guyana’s representatives.

Jeffrey, Williams and Burrowes are currently campaigning on the US cycling circuit, in the Tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. De Nobrega and John are currently first and second, respectively, in the current points standing on the local circuit.

Standout cyclist from Linden, Shaquel Agard is the standby and will take the place of any of the selected cyclists, if for any reason they are unable to compete.

Accommodation will be provided for the teams for the period 19th-24th, October. Teams of up to five men, three women and two officials can travel to the championships.

According to Britton, the federation is cash strapped and the wheelsmen will than likely have to pay their own way to represent the country. He added that corporate Guyana has responded quite negatively to a call for sponsorship for the cyclists.

Meanwhile, no details of the course have been provided as yet, but suffice to say, countries should expect a hilly course and prepare their riders accordingly.

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