In an extraordinary display of speed, grit and stamina, Team Coco’s Jamal John emerged winner of the grueling 80-mile Victor Macedo Memorial road race yesterday.
The club’s youngest wheelsman placed first in the 15th edition of the event while leading Hamza Alonzo Ambrose and Orville Hinds onto the podium for the race which rolled off in Peter Rose Street, continued to Dora on the Linden Soesdyke Highway and concluded on Homestretch Avenue.
The national rider in his crisp neon green team kit, carted off the spoils in overcast conditions in a brisk three hours and 11 minutes and five seconds.
John, 20, out sprinted his six breakaway mates to claim victory in the prestigious race organized by the Flying Stars Cycle Club for the second time in his short career.
Veteran rider, Paul Choo-Wee-Nam, Akeem Wilkinson, Raul Leal, Michael Anthony and Paul DeNobrega filled out the top eight paid positions.
At the conclusion of the event, prizes were shared out to the top finishers by members of the Macedo family. The organizers also mentioned that plans are in place for making next year’s staging a bigger and better event by inviting overseas cyclists to compete.
Top eight overall
1st Jamal John
2nd Alanzo Ambrose
3rd Orville Hinds
4th Paul Choo-Wee-Nam
5th Akeem Wilkinson
6th Raul Leal
7th Michael Anthony
8th Paul DeNobrega
Warren ’40’ McKay