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‘First Belizean’ finishers in Cross Country Cycling Classic to split $3,000 incentive prize

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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2022. 12:46 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Yet again, Belizeans were disappointed when foreigners crossed the finish line at DIGI Park on Saturday morning one-two in the Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic.

Had one done so, they would have won three thousand dollars from Car Guys Belize and Prestige Auto Sales Co. Ltd and the regular first-place prize.

The closest were third-place finisher Byron Pope and fourth place Marlon Castillo. Both veterans were at the front of the race for most of the day but fell victim to the final attack by American John DeLong who finished second, about 10 miles from town.

Car Guys/Prestige owner Said Perdomo announced via social media that the prize would be split between the pair, commenting: “Regardless of the outcome we should be proud of these guys. We must understand that our Belizeans tried their best and at the end of the day most of them have to work and still train unlike many of these foreigners that are pros and don’t work. To ride and finish a race like this is a great accomplishment in and of itself. Congrats guys.”

Champion Hassani Hennis of Anguilla in the Eastern Caribbean is the first Caribbean rider to win a Cross Country; the previous closest finisher was Jamaican-American Anthony Taylor, coming second in 2007.

Justin Williams’ second win in 2018 remains the last victory by a Belizean on Holy Saturday.

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