Whilst many of San Pedro TownÂs schools celebrated the annual Garifuna Settlement Day by having cultural events for pupils to participate in, the San Pedro Cycling Club decided to host a bike ride. Â Taking place on November 19th to coincide with the special occasion, the Garifuna Settlement Day Bicycle Ride was a huge success, with many people taking part.
Organized by local triathlon star Kent ÂBobÂ Gabourel who is currently in the process of raising money to attend the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the San Pedro Cycling Club were on hand to give their own support. Â The event was not only to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day, but also to promote healthy sportsmanship and competition on the island and encourage youngsters to take up cycling.
Shortly after midday, several cyclists gathered in Central Park and prepared to enjoy the race. Â There were three distinct categories, allowing juveniles, juniors and seniors to compete against those in their own age bracket. Â In total, 27 cyclists joined the race to cycle through the streets of San Pedro. Â For the juveniles and junior cycles, there were a number of laps around the town, all ending in Central Park. Â Whilst the juveniles had five laps to complete, the juniors had ten. Â Meanwhile, the senior division had three laps to complete, though on a different circuit from the center of town to Victoria House Resort and back.
First place in the juvenilesÂ category was won by Andy Rivero who took away a $25 gift certificate and a stunning trophy. Â Johann came in second place, taking home a $15 gift certificate, whilst Zenedin was third and was awarded with a $10 gift certificate. Â The second and third runners up were also given trophies.
In the juniors, Byron Lara, an exciting new athlete, took the top prize of first place and a $75 gift certificate. Â Kian Ancona and Jordan Santos came in second and third, winning $50 and $25 respectively, with all three taking away a trophy. Â Byron Lara also competed in the senior division and was pushed into second place by Gabourel who took the top prize and won a $75 lunch certificate. Â However, Lara still won a trophy and $50, whilst Royan Mendez came in third and won $25.
Overall, the bicycle ride was a great success, enjoyed by both the participants and the crowd that gathered on the finish line. Â It remains to be seen whether or not this will turn into an annual event, but the day was certainly appreciated by all involved.