Keiler wins Burnham Memorial cycling road race


Marcus Keiler emerged the best of a four-man sprinting pack on Sunday to win the Forbes Burnham Memorial road race in Demerara. The race started on Carifesta Avenue, proceeded to Belfield, East Coast Demerara, and returned to the start point for the finish.

In an exciting sprint finish, 20-year-old Keiler got the better of Briton John, Alex Mendes and Christopher Griffith in that order.

Keiler stopped the clock at one hour, 12 minutes, 30 seconds to take the winner’s trophy and a sprint prize. Last year’s winner Marlon Williams and Jaikarran Sukhai took the fifth and sixth spots respectively.

Mendes, Sukhai and Warren McKay were the top three veteran finishers, while Alexander Leung and Aaron Newton were the leading juniors.

The race was coordinated by the Forbes Burnham Foundation in collaboration with the Flying Stars Cycling Club.

The annual event, which was held under strict COVID-19 measures, was given the green light by the COVID-19 Task Force and the Minister of Health, Dr. Frank Anthony, on Wednesday last.

The next scheduled cycling event, the Cheddi Jagan Memorial Three-stage race, is scheduled for next month.

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