Gold glory for Mayho and Pilgrim
Dominique Mayho and Molly Pilgrim completed a Bermuda double at the Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships in Puerto Rico yesterday both winning gold medals in their respective road races.
Mayho's victory was the Everest moment in his remarkable journey from the “couch to the Caribbean title”, having only taken up the sport seriously three years ago.
Pilgrim also won a time trial gold, while her team-mate Gabriella Arnold claimed a pair of bronzes in the girls' time trial and road race to help Bermuda to their best-ever medal haul at the annual Championships.
Bermuda Bicycling Association (BBA) president Peter Dunne said the Island had outperformed every other Caribbean nation, and reserved special praise for Mayho, 17, who was competing in his last junior event.
“Dominique started cycling with us less than three years ago and he's basically gone from the couch to the Caribbean Championship in that short time. It's a fantastic story and everyone's obviously high on that,” said Dunne. “We've outperformed every other nation and it's been by far and away our most successful Junior Championships we've had some awesome results.”
Bermuda's medal tally is made all the more impressive considering they had only managed to win a total of four medals in the previous six years. Dunne also paid tribute to female riders Pilgrim and Arnold for dominating their field.
“It helps having two really capable girls on the team because the women's field is a lot smaller,” he said.
“It was very satisfying when a coach from Curacao came up to me and said 'I'm going to bring some girls next year who can challenge your riders,'” said Dunne.
“The whole team worked really hard and it was a great experience for our younger riders.”
Bermuda's team was made up of Mayho, Tre-Shun Correia, Vashon Cann, Mark Godfrey, Daelan Richardson, and Deshi Smith in the boys' division, and Arnold and Pilgrim in the girls' division.