DeNobrega wins Digicel Cancer Awareness cycling main event
Paul DeNobrega etched his name in winners’ row on Sunday when he topped the competition in the seventh annual Digicel Cancer Awareness Cycle Meet in Georgetown.
The Evolution Cycle Club member battled sweltering heat and fought back gallantly after changing a rear wheel on lap 31 of the 40-lap event to win in one hour, 41 minutes, 23 seconds (01h: 41m: 23s).
The race was held on Vlissengen Road, with the distance between Thomas Lands and the Roundabout being used as the circuit.
Briton John took second, followed by Jamaul John, Akeel Campbell, Hamzah Eastman and Michael Anthony in that order. DeNobrega also won the mega prime prize of $20,000.
Briton John was the top junior rider, while Emmanuel Gayral and Donavon Fraser took second and third respectively.
Paul Choo Wee Nam, Warren McKay and Junior Niles were 1-2-3 in the Veterans Under-45, while Quincy Punch topped the Mountain Bikes race, winning ahead of Ozia McUally and Mario King.
Paul Thomas won the Novices race, with Kurt Bumbury second and Tyrone Conway third, while Jahane Henry won the BMX 9-12 event, with Shaquel Dow and Nehum Rugby getting second and third respectively.
After the races, the top performers were duly rewarded by the sponsor Digicel, who partnered with Evolution Cycle Club for the fourth year running to stage the event.
The telecommunications company also made a $500,000 donation to the Cancer Institute of Guyana. Part of proceeds came from Digicel matching the entrance fee by the cyclists and also adding a percentage of smart phone sales during the month of October.