After two days of intense riding, Linden Bauxite Flyers’ Shaquel Agard was the standout performer as he rode away being deemed the top competitor in the Guyana Cycling Federation and National Sports Commission’s National Three-Stage Cycling on Sunday.
Heading into the final stage, Agard led the pack with a 10 second lead after competing in the a time trial sprint from Carifesta Avenue to Plaisance where he clocked a time of eight minute, 42 seconds (00:08:42) after securing third place in the first leg, a 65 mile road race from Carifesta Avenue to Mahaicony and back to the starting line. Agard held a healthy lead and just needed to keep with the pack to confirm his title, which he did with ease.
The final leg was a 30 lap race around the outer circuit of the National Park where the 19 year-old managed to finish in fourth. Agard’s total time was 04:40:25, 13 seconds faster than overall second, Team Gillette Evolution’s Michael Anthony (4:40:38), while Continental’s ‘Lone Rider’ Geron Williams finished third overall (04:40:52) and Alanzo Greaves fourth (04:41:30). Team Cocos Hamza Eastman (04:41:32) and one handed rider, Walter Grant Stuart completed the top six in a time of 04:42:37.
The final leg around the National Park circuit proved to be the most exciting of the three stages, with all the riders knowing the time they have to beat in order to be crowned champion. However, the star of the day was Greaves so piped Eastman at the line to win the event in a time of at one hour, 53 minutes, five seconds (01h: 53m: 05s).
Greaves, who was returning from a one-year showed he is still one best cyclist in the country, as he entered the final turn from Thomas Land into the JB Singh Road knitted in the middle of the pack but managed to cut loose with Eastman , where both riders powered to produce a photo finish; Anthony took third, followed by Agard, Paul DeNobrega and Williams
In the veterans’ category was won by Raymond Newton (04:43:43), followed by Paul Choo Wee Nam (04:45:23) and Junior Niles (04:49:23) in second and third respectively.
In the junior’s division, Christopher Cornelius (04:43:07), Andrew Hicks (04:43:38) and Raphael Leung (04:44:43) were top three riders.