Mayho: I’ve had to improve tactics
Dominique Mayho believes he is back on top form after beating Conor White in a dramatic sprint finish in the National Criterium Championships at the weekend.
Mayho said he has had to improve tactically since being denied a record fourth Sinclair Packwood Memorial title by Kaden Hopkins on May 24 and believes that disappointment served as a “wake-up call”.
The 25-year-old worked well with Jamie Cousins, his VT Construction-Madison team-mate, on Sunday to keep White and Hopkins in check until late on when White broke into the lead.
Heading into the final corner of the race in Hamilton, Mayho was able to overtake White on the outside and secure his second successive criterium title.
“Quite early on the race was split into the main four riders — myself, Jamie Cousins, Kaden Hopkins and Conor White. Kaden and Conor wouldn’t come to the front with us and sat on our wheels. We had keep being aggressive and Jamie kept on attacking.
“When Jamie got dropped they decided to work together to make sure he didn’t come back.
“On the last lap, Conor started his sprint. Coming into the last corner, I came around the outside of him and into the lead. On that course whoever gets into the last corner in front is going to win. I managed to hold Conor off.”
Mayho added: “I haven’t been training any different [since the Sinclair Packwood Memorial Race] but I’ve had to switch on tactically. I know I have to bring my A game and pay attention. I have to be constantly thinking about how to outfox these guys. The Sinclair Packwood was definitely a wake up call.”
Caitlin Conyers warmed up for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, this month with a dominant win in the women’s race. Ashley Couper came second and Gabby Arnold placed third.
Mayho, who will travel to Lima as the Bermuda cycling team’s manager and Conyers’s coach, said: “Caitlin pretty much led from the second lap when she attacked. She rode her own race and just opened up the gap more and more. She was really impressive.”
Alex Pilgrim won the junior men’s race ahead of second-place Tommy Marshall and Keiran Malott in third.
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