Twenty-two year-old Hamzah Eastman will enter the Courts 30-mile road race in the Ancient county of Berbice tomorrow with a bullseye on his back as he looks to defend his title on Mashrmani Day.
Eastman has been the rider to beat since the 2018 season commenced and has accumulated back-to-back wins in the R&R international cycling meet.
He is currently sitting among the top riders in the Forbes Burnham Memorial three-stage race and not to mention the winner of this event last year.
Eastman, who became the only rider in the history of the sport on the local scene to defend the R&R title and cop the double has said that he intends to do the same in this event.
Last year, the Team Cocos talisman clocked a time of one hour, one minute and 50 seconds (01:01:50) and after racing in Berbice last Sunday, the conditions will be familiar to him.
Among those in contention for the title and likely to give Eastman a run for his money are club mate Jamaul John who continues his dream run from 2017 as well as Team Evolution’s Paul DeNobrega who continues to be consistent among the top.
But the Berbicians will be the ones to watch with `We Stand United’s’ Andrew Hicks, who, despite being unable to defend his title Sunday is still a big threat along with Trojan’s Romello Crawford and PSL’s Curtis Dey.
Briton John (junior) and Junior Niles (veteran) will also defend their titles as the riders plot a course from Courts branch, Main Street, New Amsterdam to Adventure and back to the starting line where the checkered flag will be.The event is organized by Flying Ace Cycle Club.