Keiler peddles away with Forbes Burnham Cycling title
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Marcus Keiler won the first cycling race of 2021.
Marcus Keiler won the first cycling race of 2021.

MARCUS Keiler powered past a packed field to finish as the 2021 Forbes Burnham Memorial Cycling champion, when the annual event was held yesterday on the East Coast of Demerara. The Team Coco rider clocked 1hour, 12minutes and 30 seconds in the race, which started at Carifesta Avenue before progressing to Belfield, on the East Coast of Demerara, and back for the finish. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was a single-leg event, compared to the two and three legs of previous years. As he did last year (third overall), Keiler once again excelled on the East Coast. He relegated the 2020 East Coast leg-winner, Christopher Griffith, to fourth and last year’s overall champion, Marlon Williams, to fifth. Briton John placed second overall, while Alex Mendes finished third. Jaikarran Sookhai finished behind Griffith and Williams in sixth.

Some 42 riders peddled off in the event and competed in three categories: the Open, Veterans and Juniors.
Mendes was the first Veteran to cross the line, while Sookhai finished second and L. Murray third.
Only two Juniors finished the race: Alexander Leung finished ahead of his We Stand United teammate, Aaron Newton.
According to race organizer, William Howard of the Flying Stars Cycling Club (supervisors of the competition), there were five prime prizes in the race.
John won two, while Keiler, Griffith and Junior Niles won one each.
There was also a special prize for the first Flying Stars cyclist to cross the finish line, that prize went to Ian Jackson.
The event was the first of the year for the Guyana Cycling Federation.

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