Bicycle Race held on Garifuna Settlement Day
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
The San Pedro Cycling Club organized the first ever Garifuna Settlement Day Bicycle Race on Tuesday, November 19th as part of the day’s activities. The race was organized by local star triathlon athlete, Kent “Bob” Gabourel in conjunction with the San Pedro Cycling Club, to promote healthy competition and sportsmanship on the island. Several cyclists gathered at Central Park shortly after midday for the start of the race. The race was divided into three categories: juveniles, juniors and seniors. A total of 27 cyclists participated in the race.
The race took juveniles and junior cyclists around the town core ending at Central Park. The juveniles completed five laps while the juniors did ten laps. In the seniors division, cyclist rode three laps from town core down to Victoria House Resort and back. A large crowd of spectators gathered along the route to cheer on their favorite cyclists as they raced to the finish line.
In the juveniles division, first place went to Andy Rivero who took home a trophy and a $25 gift certificate. Second place went to Johann who took home a trophy and $15, while Zenedin settled for third and took home a trophy and $10.
In the juniors’category, young and upcoming athlete Byron Lara took first place, winning a trophy and a $75 gift certificate. Kian Ancona took second place along with a trophy and $50, while Jordan Santos came in third and took home a trophy and $25.
In the seniors division, Gabourel trumped the competition once again and took home a trophy and a $75 lunch certificate. Second place went to Byron Lara who won a trophy and $50, and in third place was Royan Mendez who received a trophy and $25.
Organizers congratulate all the riders for taking part in the race, and they thank all the spectators who came out to support and cheer on the cyclists. Thanks also go out to all sponsors: San Pedro Garifuna Council, San Pedro Town Council, San Pedro Sports Council, San Pedro Cycling Club, Department of Youth Service and Gaby’s Construction. Special thanks go out to San Pedro Police Department and San Pedro Traffic Department.
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