Mayho retains Criterium title
Team Madison rider Dominique Mayho retained his IBC Criterium Championship title in impressive fashion today in Hamilton, while Zoenique Williams of Winners Edge captured the women's title ahead of defending champion Nicole Mitchell.
Mayho nearly lapped the chasing pack as he finished in 52:45.435, some 90 seconds ahead of Team Tokio's Johan Vivier and Matthew Ackland in 54:15.128 and 54:15.139 respectively. Darren Glasford and Mark Hatherley in 54.23.4 and 54.23.5 completed the top five.
“It went very good and this year I only had a couple of team-mates so I knew the other teams would try to put me under pressure,” said Mayho.
“From the beginning I was just trying to attack and see if I could get one or two people to come with me and for the first four or five laps I kept attacking and finally got away and put my head down from there. When I saw a gap I wanted to see how far I could stretch it.
“Once I got way it was pretty much like a time trial.”
Mayho and four Bermuda team-mates (Glasford, Shannon Lawrence, Williams and Mitchell) used the race as a final workout ahead of the Elite Caribbean Championships in Curacao next weekend.
“You always want to win the national championships and I was really going for that,” said Mayho. “It gives me a bit more confidence going into the Caribbean Championships which is a good thing.”
Glasford finished fourth yesterday in 54:23.388 while Lawrence was eighth in 54:24.735.
Williams continues to enjoy a good year on the bike, beating defending champion and Winners Edge team-mate Mitchell by more than a minute. Williams finished in 41:22.946 and Mitchell in 42:39.670 while April Galda-Joyce of Madison was third in 43:15.541.
“I'm super-excited and ready for CCC,” said Williams who has made fast progress in a short time.
“I've only been riding for a year-and-a-half, I started on Crime Stoppers and transitioned to team Winners Edge and 5 o'clock (am) training with Greg Hopkins has got me in tip-top shape, as well as eating healthy.
“I wanted to win and when I got the gap at the top of the hill on Reid Street I just kept going. Greg was sitting on the side saying ‘let's go, drill it, drill it, drill it'.”
Justin Ferreira of Winners Edge won the junior male category in a time of 32:32.4 while Daniel Oatley of Bicycle Works was 11 seconds back in second place and another Winners Edge rider, Matthew Oliveira, was third in 32:48.6.
Gabriella Arnold of Winners Edge led the junior females in 22:36.4, Tristan Narraway of Tokio placed second in 22:41.1 and Victoria Davis of Winners Edge third in 22:41.7.
Nahje Smith won the Junior B in 16:15.5 and Alexander Miller the Junior C in 12:05.7.