Mayho and Mitchell the riders to beat
Dominique Mayho and Nicole Mitchell will put their men's and women's open titles on the line on Sunday morning when the IBC Criterium Championships are held on Front Street.
The pair are part of a five-member Bermuda team (Shannon Lawrence, Zoenique Williams and Darren Glasford are the others) who will travel to Curacao next weekend for the Elite Caribbean Cycling Championships.
The action begins with junior and then pee wee races at 8.30, with the women and men then racing at 10 and 11am.
Peter Dunne, president of the Bermuda Bicycle Association, is expecting some keen competition in what will be the final competitive race of the season before mountain bike racing begins.
“It looks like most of the top riders are going to be there. A couple of Dominique's team-mates from team Madison are not racing so that means he won't have riders to work for him,” said Dunne.
“In the junior race, unfortunately Deshi Smith of Tokio is away on a school trip and he would have been one of the contenders for the title. This is his last year as a junior.
“And Nico Barclay, who is in school overseas, also won't be there. Justin Ferreira, Daniel Oatley and Hate Hartwig are the big candidates.”
Added Dunne: “Next week we are off to the Caribbean Championships and some of the riders on Sunday will be involved in that. Then in November mountain biking season starts.”
Last year Mayho beat Madison team-mate Neil Lupsic for the title with Mark Hatherley third, while Mitchell was first among the women ahead of Laurie Orchard and Earlena Ingham.
A Bermuda team of Mayho, Mitchell, Hatherley, Glasford and Geri Mewett, also went off to the Caribbean Championships in Antigua soon after last year's criterium.
“The race in Curacao is a much longer distance and a different type of race,” said Dunne. “The road race in Curacao will be like three hours and on a small circuit, but still the guys and women want to have a good result on Sunday to put them in a positive mental state.
“Then between laps you can turn the other way and watch the (Gold Cup) sailing. Any rider who pauses to watch the sailing will be in trouble.”