Cycling fraternity mourns death of Wilbert Benjamin
The local cycling fraternity has been plunged into mourning following news of the death of cyclist, businessman, philanthropist and role model Wilbert Benjamin.
Benjamin was reportedly struck down on the public road in Berbice during his usual early morning training in August.
He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to hospital. It is understood Benjamin suffered head injuries as a result of the accident.
Benjamin was the owner of Benjamin Sports and Fitness Centre of Fyrish Village, Corentyne, Berbice.
Racing Secretary of the Guyana Cycling Federation, Malcolm Sonaram, said the fraternity “has lost a key individual.”
“Benji promoted races, sponsored cyclists and clubs, served as a role model for many and was a competitive cyclist. He even opened a bicycle shop in Berbice to aid in the supplying of much needed bikes and spares to the county, hence relieving cyclists’ burden in the area from having to traverse to Georgetown,” Sonaram said.
He added, “Cycling needed more persons with his vision and passion. It is truly sad on hearing of his passing. The Guyana Cycling Federation and the cycling fraternity has lost someone dear to our sport. Sincerest condolences are extended to his family on our behalf.”
Guyana Cycling News, the hub for local cycling information on Facebook, posted: “We extend deepest sympathies to Wilbert Benjamin’s family and friends. May the soul of this great cyclist, entrepreneur and philanthropist be at peace with our Heavenly Father. We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. Our most sincere condolences.”
On February 8 this year, cyclist Jude Bentley was also struck down while training on the Rupert Craig Highway, in the vicinity of the Russian Embassy turn.
Apart from his cycling exploits, Bentley was also a businessman; he owned and operated the Bike Shop on Robb Street, Georgetown.