By Shakir Khan
On Saturday March 27th, 2021, residents of all ages began converging at the Spot Bay Loop on Cayman Bac for the annual, “ROTARY BIKEATHON EVENT”. It was truly admirable to see many young bikers come out early in the morning enthusiastic and excited to participate this year, after COVID -19 caused last year’s event to be cancelled.
Bikers from South and West were afforded free transportation for their bikes to the Spot Bay starting area. As the event got underway, the adults took the lead from early on. There was police escort for bikers along the route.
The very young ones actually stole the spotlight. As they passed the various points along the route they were cheered along lustily. These young folks never seemed to become exhausted as they rode their bikes with zest and determination. Even as they overtook one another at regular intervals they continued to cheer each other along the route. Very frequently as the lead changed, those who lined the route kept cheering on the young ones encouraging them to keep going.
The elder bikers were also a great aspiration for the younger ones. They dug in hard all along the route as the rode against each other. By standers also gave them great encouragement as they seem to tire periodically along the route.
By the time they began to cross the finish line at the West End Park, Zaria Connor emerged as the first child to do so. She was the youngest of the competitors. She is a year student at Creek and Spot Bay Primary School. Sebastian was the first boy to cross the finish line and he took the prize for the most funds for sponsorship. Karina Foster was the first adult female to cross the finish line while Michelle Smith was the first male. A loud and lusty round of cheering greeted Ms. Marion Howard the oldest rider to cross the finish line first.
MEYSAL Hon. Mrs. Julianna O’Connor Connolly was on hand to distribute the prizes to the various winners. The remarkable event concluded around 10a.m.