Annual Diamond Mineral Water criterium, 21st Cheddi Jagan Memorial on this weekend

Romello Crawford

The nation’s cyclists will unchain their competitive juices and renew their 2018 rivalry with back-to-back events this weekend.

First up tomorrow, the inner circuit of the National Park will be transformed into a battlefield as the wheelsmen compete for spoils during the 13th Annual Diamond Mineral Water 11-race programme.

As customary, action wheels off at 09:00hrs. The 35-lap Invitational event will be the main attraction, with the fixture also catering for BMX, Juvenile, Junior and Veteran riders.

Last season, standout Berbice cyclist, Romello Crawford  took the top honors in the Invitational event in a brisk time of one hour, 16 minutes, 24 seconds (01h: 16m: 24s).

He will be a marked man in the peloton with the likes of Jamal John, Hamza Eastman, Paul DeNobrega, Curtis Dey, Orville Hinds and others gunning for the top spot.

On Sunday, the cyclists will take their talents to the Ancient County to compete in the 21st staging of the Cheddi Jagan Memorial race.Riders are asked to assemble in front of Freedom House, New Amsterdam, for the official send-off at 09:00hrs.

They will then proceed to Number 55 Village on the Corentyne and return to Port Mourant for the finish.Linden Bauxite Flyer’s Shaquel Agard won last year’s event in two hours, six minutes, 54 seconds (02h: 06m: 54s).Dey and Junior Niles were the victors in the Juniors and Veterans, respectively, with Shane Bourne winning the battle of the Mountain Bikers, and Shenika Texeira finishing as the top female rider.

The first six finishers in the Open category, as well as the first three in the Veterans, Juniors, Mountain Bikes and Females will be rewarded.  Coordinator of the events, Hassan Mohamed is reminding cyclists and officials that transportation to Berbice will depart Freedom House, Robb Street, at 05:00hrs on Sunday.

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