Cycling is becoming an ever-popular pastime for those in San Pedro Town, particularly with local athlete Kent ÂBobÂ Gabourel inspiring many younger members of the community to become involved. Â Over the past few months, several cycling races have been held, much to local sports enthusiasts and locals delight. Â Now, as a way to pay tribute to Bob Marley, a cycling race has been held, followed by an exciting reggae concert.
On February 8th, cyclists from all over Ambergris Caye met in San PedroÂs Central Park at 2pm. Â Headed by Gabourel, more than 23 young cyclists attended and prepared to set off on a race around the local area. Â The route consisted of numerous laps around San PedroÂs core, including cycling along Barrier Reef and down Pescador Drive.
For those in the juvenile category, the race consisted of eight laps around the route. Â Zinedine Pinelo found an early lead and managed to stay ahead of all the other competition, finishing in first place. Â Meanwhile, Deandre Vasquez was close on PineloÂs tail and came in second, while third place was awarded to Gian ÂGigiÂ Gonzalez. Â The winner and two runner-ups all received $20 in cash and a trophy to recognize their achievements for the day.
In the juniorÂs category, the eight-lap route was extended to 12 laps so that the youngsters had to put in a little more effort. Â All those taking part had an eye on the trophy and first place, and it wasnÂt long before many young men were competing for the top prize. Â Eventually, Royan Mendez was the first to cross the finish line, closely followed by Kiean Ancona. Â Meanwhile, Bryon Lara came in third place. Â As in the juvenile category, the winner and two runners-up received a trophy and $20 in cash.
Organizers of the event, in addition to Gabourel, have congratulated everyone for taking part and thank the community for allowing the day to go ahead. Â The San Pedro Traffic Department and San Pedro Police Department were of particular help in organizing the raceÂs logistics.
Cycling is quickly becoming a more popular sport on Ambergris Caye, with Gabourel helping to raise the activityÂs profile and get a lot of people involved. Â For the youngsters coming into cycling, many will hope they can follow their dreams, and Gabourel, to compete internationally.