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Mayho: I'm so happy all my hard work paid off

Winning a gold medal at last weekend's Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships in Puerto Rico proved to be “one of the happiest moments” of Dominique Mayho's still blossoming career.

The 17-year old cyclist broke away from his group towards the end and held off the chasing pack to win the senior boys road race in dramatic fashion.

It was the culmination of lots of hard work and a dream that began two-years earlier when the Berkeley Institute School graduate started to take the sport more seriously.

“Since I started cycling winning a medal at the Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships has been my biggest goal that I have been aiming for,” Mayho said.

“This year I started training for the championships in January and I also went overseas to train and compete.

“I have been training five for six times a week and sometimes twice a day. I really put my all into it.

“To win the gold medal was definitely one of the happiest moments of my life. I am just so happy that all the hard work has paid off.”

Team coach Peter Dunne added: “Dominique's goal was to get a medal at this competition, which is a very difficult goal to try and achieve because you never know how the race is going to unfold.

“But he rode in great style and did everything he has worked on virtually perfectly, and that's what helped to get him the victory.”

Mayho's task in Puerto Rico wasn't easy considering he had to compete against the region's best in sweltering conditions.

“Those guys were very strong and the road race was harder than any top male race here,” he said.

“Our race was actually delayed by an hour and so we started at 2.30pm when it was like 91 degrees.”

That Mayho was able to fulfill his goal of standing on the podium at the regional championships owed much to the tactical support of team mates Tre-Shun Correia and Vashon Cann, who both held their end of the bargain.

“My team mates really helped me a lot,” Mayho said. “At first they were pulling back all the small breaks for me and then once I got on a breakaway they made sure no one came across me. They were just marking everybody out.”

With better fortune Mayho's weekend in the Caribbean might've been even better. But any thoughts of a double medal haul went up in smoke when the teenager narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the time trial after placing fourth.

It is a discipline the promising cyclist hasn't quite figured out yet.

“I put my all into that one but I guess I just don't have the time trial down yet,” he smiled. “I tried my hardest but third place was like 14 seconds ahead of me.”

Having now established himself in the region at youth level, Mayho has set his sights on achieving bigger and better things in the sport.

“I would like to become a pro and ride for a pro team,” he said. “That is something that is very hard to do here and so I have been trying to get funding to move overseas.”

Blossoming career: Dominique Mayho

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Published August 20, 2011 at 9:45 am (Updated August 20, 2011 at 8:53 am)

Mayho: I'm so happy all my hard work paid off

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