Mayho targets trio of wins
Dominique Mayho has warned his Mountain Bike Series rivals that he will be gunning for a perfect record from the races he competes in this year.
The 25-year-old kicked off the seven-race series in the best possible fashion at the Arboretum this month, taking victory in the opening race of the Male Open 60 Minutes category in a winning time of 1hr 1min 26sec, ahead of Alexander Miller and Alan Potts to complete the podium.
While Mayho, who is more associated with road racing, conceded he will only be competing in the first three races of the series, he is adamant that he will be going all out for victory in each of those meets, continuing at Casemates, Dockyard on December 1.
“I'll be competing in the first three races of the series and I'm definitely going out there to win every race I'm involved in,” said Mayho, a four-times Bermuda Bicycle Association road race champion
“The aim is to race as hard as I can and hopefully walk away with a 100 per cent record from those races.”
Although confident in maintaining a faultless record, Mayho conceded he faces stiffer competition in the second race of the series with the return of Nicholas Narraway.
The promising junior is returning from the United States, where he competes in the discipline leaving Mayho to concede that his younger rival could well be the one to watch as his biggest threat.
“Nic Narraway will be back for the next race and that definitely makes things more interesting,” Mayho added, who is moving to Arizona with cyclist girlfriend Caitlyn Conyers next year. “He races mountain bikes at school in the US and so he'll be the one to look out for in the next race for sure.
“As a base level, I wouldn't say anyone has a major advantage when it comes to mountain biking because everyone has a similar technical ability.
“Because of the intensity and duration of the races, it usually comes down to who is the strongest and has that power at the key moments.”
While Mayho's main passion will always be road racing, he reflected on the importance of competing in the mountain bike series, both as a seasoned road racer and for the younger riders coming through.
“Mountain biking is brilliant for everyone to learn new skills and it's great for the younger riders,” he said. “It is perfect for me during the road racing off-season.
“It is perfect for me during the road racing off-season. It gives me a really good workout, and helps improve certain things that I can take back into road racing.
“Especially the technical skills and the intensity, those things can be definitely be transferred over.
“It's much better for me to race as hard as I can during a mountain biking race than it is just road race training. It's like my road racing pre-season in a way but a lot more fun and with a much higher intensity.”