Celebrating Easter in Belize | Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic

5 Quick Facts about the Cycling Race

Arguably one of the most popular Belizean events is the amassed Holy Saturday Cross Country Cycling Classic. Every Holy Saturday during the Easter Weekend, thousands of Belizeans convene on the George Price Highway in Belize City to watch cyclists pedal off to San Ignacio Town and back. The riveting race has occurred for over 80 years.


Holy Saturday Cycling Race | Quick Facts:

  1. Began because of cricket matches. The first race was held in 1928 after a local noticed most Belizeans biked to cricket matches since vehicles were not in abundance at the time.
  2. Looped Route. The 144-mile rigorous race begins in Belize City with the halfway point being in Queen Elizabeth Park, San Ignacio, then heading back to Belize City.
  3. Aston Gill. There is only one person who has won the race three consecutives times (1945, 1946, 1947) and his name is Aston Gill. Overall he has won four times! (1950.)
  4. Four Categories. The race has four categories, namely 18 Year Olds, Under 23, Masters and Elite. A separate award is given for first female cyclist.
  5. Open to any country. Though the cycling race is limited to amateur cyclists, you don’t have to be Belizean to participate.


This national event – now receiving international acclaim – lures proud Belizean cheerleaders and their friends to watch the spectacle. Join the excitement – your Belizean Easter Weekend would be incomplete without it! Check out other articles on Easter activities in Belize.


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5 Quick Facts about the Cycling Race