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Dunne: Team have adjusted well

Bermuda's cyclists hit the ground running upon arrival in Curacao or the Elite Caribbean Cycling Championships.

The team arrived in the Caribbean Island on Thursday afternoon and less than an hour after booking into the Blue Bay Hotel, cyclists Dominique Mayho, Darren Glasford, Shannon Lawrence, Nicole Mitchell and Zoenique Williams took to the streets on their bikes to “spin their legs” and acclimatise to the their new surroundings and local conditions.

“We had quite a long day spending a lot of time sitting cramped up in an airplane so within an hour of being here they all had their bikes assembled and were out on the road for an hour and a half ride just to spin their legs out,” explained team coach, assistant manager and mechanic Greg Hopkins.

En route to Curacao via Miami team members took the time to study maps outlining the race course and discuss team tactics, local conditions and other related topics.

“We were talking about the conditions, the road surfaces, weather conditions and everything,” Hopkins added. “We were explain to them some of the things they can expect when they get here, particularly looking at the profile of the course and the expected conditions and how to respond in windy conditions, which we saw yesterday it can hit quite windy here.”

There's a lot stake for Bermuda's riders in Curacao — a berth at next year's Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games to be precise.

“Everybody is here to do their best in the competition and you've probably noticed they've got their game faces on straight away,” Hopkins added. “It's a very important competition for the riders and, as far as we are concerned, for Bermuda too.”

Bermuda Bicycle Association president Peter Dunne said team members are adjusting to their new environment and the hot and humid conditions fairly well.

“I think everybody has settled in,” he said. “Temperature — wise it's obviously like summer time at home and we're out of summer so the heat is a little bit of a shock. But they will get used to it once they get on the bike and feel what it's like.”

Lawrence, Mitchell and Williams are competing in today's time trial as well as tomorrow's road race along with Mayho and Glasford.

The top eight in the men's road race and top six in the women's event will qualify for next year's CAC Games.

BBA president Peter Dunne

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Published October 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm (Updated October 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm)

Dunne: Team have adjusted well

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