Learning experience for Conyers
Caitlin Conyers suffered mechanic issues in the Pan American Championships road race in Pachuca de Soto, Mexico, on Friday and was pulled with two laps remaining.
Conyers problem surfaced during the first lap and although she was able to receive support from the neutral service vehicle, the Bermuda rider was always on the back foot from that point on.
She pursued the leading pack with a chase group but they continued to lose ground and were eventually withdrawn from 88-kilometre race.
Caitlin finished tenth in the elite women’s 22km time-trial in a time of 32min 35sec on Wednesday.
Peter Dunne, the Bermuda Bicycle Association president, said: “This has been a successful outing for [Conyers] as she accumulates as much experience with all aspects of these international events.
“Dealing with the change in location, schedule, nerves and the lack of familiarity with the course are all things which the athletes need to develop a method of coping.
“There’s been lots of learning this week, but Caitlin seems quite positive about the experience and feels that as she prepares for Pan am Games she is making progress.”
Meanwhile, Dominique Mayho was pulled in the ninth of 12 laps of the elite men’s 176km road race today.
Mayho said he was he proud of his performance as he had fared far better than his previous outing at altitude.
“The race was hard,” he said. “There was a 2km climb going through the start-finish each lap. Each lap guys were attacking and going into the seventh lap, I just couldn’t follow any more.
“Once I was out of the lead group I rode solo for a while until a group of six caught me. We rode together until an official pulled us out of the race.”
Mayho added: I’m really proud of my performance. There were guys from top countries behind me. The group I was in had a Brazilian, Peruvian, two Cubans, Costa Rican and a Panamanian.
“The last time I raced a altitude I lasted two laps, so I’m proud to last a lot longer this time.”
n Kaden Hopkins claimed victory in the VT Construction/Madison Criterium in Hamilton today.
Hopkins, back on the island from his studies in Colorado, won in a time of 39:88. Jamie Cousin placed second in 39:41 and Alex Miller was third in 39:50.
Nicole Mitchell, competing in the adult B division, was the first women’s finisher in 40:31.
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