Jamual John DECIMATES field to win inaugural Greaves Cycling Classic

By Michelangelo Jacobus

At the inaugural edition of the Alanzo Greaves Cycling Classic on Saturday at the inner circuit of the National Park, fans were treated to a spectacle rarely seen in the Guyanese cycling . The outright dominance of a race by arguably Guyana’s current best cyclist, Jamual John.

No competition! Eventual race-winner Jamual John distanced himself from all his competitors enroute to victory.

Along his way to taking first place, John reset the record for the fastest lap around the National Park’s Inner Circuit and the overall time taken to finish the 30-lap race.

The fastest lap came in the final lap of the race, one minute & 55 seconds while John crossed the finish line with the clock at one hour, six minutes, 17.82 seconds.

At the start of the race, Jamual along with Briton John who shares the same surname and a few others easily distanced themselves from the pack, with each lap offering up $1000 for the leader, the Johns and Romello Crawford shared the lead for the first half of the race before Jamual took the attack to the peloton and broke away… never to be caught. He ended up with 16 Preems (sprint prizes) and lapped his nearest challenger, Briton, twice in the process. In addition to the Preems, Jamual walked away with $5000 for the fastest lap of the race and an added cash prize from organizer Alanzo Greaves for lapping the peloton twice.

The chasing peloton.

Finishing in second place was Briton, while Crawford came home third with Robin Persaud fourth, Christopher Griffith fifth and Alex Mendes sixth in that order.

The Greaves Cycling Classic, the brain-child of former National Cyclist Alanzo Greaves is set to be a weekly feature. Greaves revealed that while he is now permanently out of action due to leg injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, he is all about giving back to the sport.

The next edition of the Greaves Cycling Classic is set for February 18 at the same venue.


Briton John wins Invitational cycling season opener in dominant fashion

Exciting young cyclist Briton John dominated the opening race of the 2023 cycling season to claim first blood of the new year at the inner circuit of the National Park on Saturday morning.

Unchallenged! Briton John crosses the finish line to claim the season opener.

Deemed an unofficial race (not sanctioned by the Guyana Cycling Federation) and organized among the cyclists and former cyclists of the fraternity, rain put a damper on attendance and saw only 9 cyclists at the starting line.

Jamual John crosses the line ahead of youngster Alexander Leung to claim 2nd place.

However the weather did not put a damper on competitive spirits as first Jamual John led the pack only for Briton to attack and break away from his counterparts as he established a lengthy lead that he would maintain for the remainder of the race.

The real competition was mid pack as youngster Alexander Leung showed incredible stamina and determination to keep pace with the much more experienced Jamual John among others.

The latter would finish second overall while Leung finished third, Aaron Newton fourth, Alexis Mendez fifth and Marlon Williams sixth.

Leung claimed first place in the Junior category with Aaron Newton second and Jerone Ghanie third respectively.

Ghanie claimed top honours in the Juvenile category with Christian Dudley coming in second.

Of the five Primes (Sprint Prizes) on offer, Jamual John took one while the other four were claimed by Briton.