Records tumble at time trial
Eleven records were set on the sixth and final race day in the 2013 Capital G Time Trial Series over the weekend in an array of categories.
But the event, at Southside in St David's, was only the second over that course.
In near perfect conditions, new course marks were recorded in every category, including overall course records for both the men's and women's divisions.
Dominique Mayho set the course record in the men's group, clocking a time of 19 minutes, 29 seconds, which was also a new Open record.
Second place went to Shannon Lawrence (19:36) with Mark Robinson (20:11) rounding out the top three in the Open division.
“It is always a different race each time you go out and ride but I wanted to get a fast time and went for it from the beginning,” said Mayho.
“The course was a fast one and if you were focused on a fast time there was every chance of getting one.
“I didn't really know or was aware I was on pace for the a course record but, as in all sports, to win an event and set a record is a really good feeling.”
Nicole Mitchell's time of 22 minutes, 30 seconds was a women's course record along with the Open women's record, with Zonique Williams (24:29) finishing second.
“You want to go fast when you go out on the track and to get the record on only the second time everyone has raced on this course is great,” said Mitchell. “There are always factors in a race that dictate how it goes, but I was happy with my race and time.
The veteran men's and women's age groups also saw new records, courtesy of Darren Glasford (20:11) and Heather Cooper (24:00).
Justin Ferreira (21:02) won the 15 to 16 year-old division in record time, while Matthew Oliveira (23:54) and Victoria Davis (28:42) also claimed best times in the 13 to 14 boys and girls' categories.
In the 11 to 12 age group, Nahje Smith broke the record with a time of 27 minutes, 59 seconds, and Alexander Southern (21:27) also broke the ten and under boys' division.
The event was also the last in the 2013 team competition in which riders earned points based on finishing positions over five road races, five criteriums and six time trials held during the season.
Team Tokio maintained their lead over Winners Edge, winners of the 2011 and 2012 team competition, to take 2013 honours.
Peter Dunne, president of the Bermuda Bicycle Association (BBA) added: “The reason we had lots of category records broken is that the course is new this year and has been raced only once before.
“So depending on who was around for the first attempt the records could have been set lower than the average speeds we see on other courses.
“This will settle down after a few more attempts, and the weather conditions were very good as well.
“It was great to see our team for the Caribbean Cycling Championships setting the top three times for men and top two Open women times.”