Joseph, Gordon perform creditably at World Masters cycling c/ships

—seeking assistance from cycling federation, the ministry of sports and the Olympic association

From left Jolyon Joseph, Victor Rutherford and Aubrey Gordon.

After performing creditably at the recent International Cycling Union (UCI) World Masters Cycling championships in California, United States of America, Guyana’s two-man team of Jolyon Joseph and Aubrey Gordon performed is calling for financial assistance to assist them in their quest to bring honour and glory to the land of their birth.

Joseph, who represented Guyana at the 1980 and 1894 Olympics, rode to a world record time of 11.420 seconds in the Flying 200 metres an event which was used to seed the cyclists for the Match Sprint where he was seeded number one.

Joseph’s time bettered the previous record of 11.473s set by Victor Copeland in 2002 at high altitude in Colorado Springs which makes his performance at sea level much more impressive.

In the Match Sprint, Joseph finished second to the USA’s Kurt Sago who won the first and third heats in 11.860s and 11.813s with Joseph winning the second heat in 12.313s.

Victor Rutherford, coach of the Guyana team, subsequently lodged a protest after the first heat claiming that Sato had passed Joseph below the sprinter’s lane which is normally instant disqualification. However, on review, the judge ruled that Sato was forced below the line by Joseph.

From left Jolyon Joseph, Victor Rutherford and Aubrey Gordon.

Joseph also placed second in the 20-lap Scratch race behind the USA’s Clayton Shephard with Michael Nunes of the USA third.

Gordon, also a two-time Olympian (1980 and 1984) who participated in the 20-lap Scratch race was forced to abandon the event with eight laps remaining after he was forced off the track when two cyclists fell in front of him.

The 500 metre time-trial was won by Sato in 34.936s with David Willmott of Australia second in 35.915s and Joseph, third, in 36.088 seconds.

Gordon rode the final event, the 40 laps point-to-point race which was won by the USA’s Shepard with Gordon placing ninth.

The meet took place at the Velo Sports Center in Carson, a 100,000 square foot, $15 million specially designed 250-metre indoor wood bicycle racing track.

The Velo Sports Center is also a part of StubHub Center’s partnership with the USOC as an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site and is a home track to USA Cycling’s national track cycling programme.

Following the competition the Guyana team rued the fact that that the cyclists and coach had to foot their expenses, stating that they will need financial assistance if they are going to be competitive at future meets.

Coach Rutherford added that arriving the Saturday and participating in the meet the following day was not good enough especially since the cyclists do not have the luxury of a velodrome at their disposal unlike Sato, who lives 10 minutes away from the velodrome.

He also pointed out that most of the competitors are full-time cyclists and have sponsors who absorb the costs.

He suggested that for next year’s meet which will be held at the same venue, that the Guyana contingent arrive at least a week prior to the commencement of the competition, so as to be able to train on the track, adding that hopefully, the team could receive assistance from sponsors, the Guyana Cycling Federation, the Guyana Olympic Association, the Ministry of Sports and Guyanese at large so that they can have a level playing field.

He added that the team would like to thank Neville and Cyril Hunte, Peter Sue, Mark Wills and Nehru Sheow for their support.


Magnum futsal competition targets grassroots football development

The inaugural Magnum ‘Tek Charge and Win’, Futsal Christmas Classic was officially launched yesterday at the Windjammer International Hotel and Cuisine, Queen Street, Kitty.

Johnson’s hundred leads the way for Jaguars – 1st day, 4th round

TAROUBA, Trinidad, CMC – Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson hit a sparkling, fifth first-class hundred to put the current leaders and reigning three-time champions into the early ascendancy against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional 4-Day Championship on Thursday.

CAC gold medallist Daniel favoured in Stage of Champions meet

If you are a fan of chiseled physiques, then the place to be this evening is the Theatre Guild in Parade Street, Kingston.

Sport of Kings one day meet tomorrow at Alness

Turfites get ready, the ‘Sport of Kings’ returns to the Alness Turf Club tomorrow for a grand one-day meeting.

Road to Mecca playoff rounds starts today at CASH

The Playoff Round of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) 2017 ‘Road to Mecca’ tournament bounces off today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now