Team comes first — Glasford
Veteran cyclists Darren Glasford is pumped up for this weekend's Caribbean Cycling Championships in Curacao.
And for good reason.
The 43-year-old rider is champing at the bit to help team Bermuda secure qualification for next year's Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mexico. And he is “willing” to do whatever it takes to ensure the mission is a success.
Glasford's primary role will be to help team-mate Dominique Mayho finish among the top eight men in the Road Race event that would be enough to secure a spot for the trip to Mexico.
“I'm one hundred percent willing to work for Dominique who is going to be the main focus for the road race,” he said. “I'm committed to trying to get Dominique in the position so we can qualify for the CAC championships.
“If it means I have to pull a break back and blow up, then that's what happens. Tactics play a big part.”
Glasford, who is making his fourth appearance at the championships this year, knows Bermuda's task is a daunting one.
“It's going to be a very hard challenge,” he said. “It's a very hard race. The level of competition is extremely high so we are looking forward to it. It's a flatter course than last year so hopefully we should do pretty well. Sometimes the wind does play a part, but the race is going to be hard regardless.”
Glasford is “ecstatic” about the chance to represent his country on the internationl stage again. “This is my fourth Caribbean Cycling Championships so I've got a bit of experience — I know what to expect,” he added. “Dominique's first race was last year and he's getting fitter day by day so all of us are in prime shape to hopefully come back with a good result.
“Team chemistry is good and we race against each other all the time. Even though there's a bit of rivalry racing, off the bike everybody is good friends.”
Also representing Bermuda at the upcoming championships are Shannon Lawrence, Nicole Mitchell and Zoenique Williams.