Double-header action this weekend for cyclists

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THE country’s top cyclists will be called into action this weekend with a double-header which promises top quality competition for fans and enthusiasts alike.

Today, the cyclists will converge on the inner circuit of the National Park from where they will match pedals in the 15th annual Universal Auto General Supply 11-race meet.

The winner of last year’s feature 35-lap Schoolboys and Invitational, Jamual John, is currently overseas where he is competing. That means a new champion will be crowned. John’s winning time last year was one hour 15 minutes 12.50 seconds.

Meanwhile in the Juniors event, Ajay Gopilall was first across the finish line in a time of 25 minutes 30.62 seconds while Lear Nunes was the top Veterans cyclist with a winning time of 12 minutes 18.51 seconds.

David Hicks captured the 3-lap Juveniles race while Shameer Baksh was the winner of the Mountain Bike category.

Tomorrow the cyclists will take to the roadways of West Demerara in the 8th annual Malta Supreme road race. The 46-mile race will begin at Schoonord, West Bank Demerara, head to Bushy Park, Parika and back to finish at the point of origin.

Last year’s winner, Hamzah Eastman will be another absentee, which means yet again a new champion will be decided. Eastman’s winning time stands at one hour 40 minutes 25 seconds.

In the Juniors category, Briton John is the defending champion while Junior Niles will be looking to retain his title in the Veterans category.

Jamal Cappell was the winner of last year’s Mountain Bike race while Shanika Teixeira was the Ladies’ champion.

There will be eight sprint prizes up for grabs and prizes will be given to the top six in the Seniors category and top three in the other categories with a prize for the Oldest cyclist.

Banks DIH Outdoor events manager Mortimer Stewart will assist in the prize-giving ceremony.