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Mayho peaks at the right time

Top cyclist Dominique Mayho reckons he's in the best shape of his budding career.

And it is this sparkling form which he and the rest of his Bermuda team-mates will be relying heavily upon to bring them success at this weekend's Elite Caribbean Cycling Championships (CCC) in Curacao.

Much will be riding on the broad shoulders of Mayho who, along with team-mates Darren Glasford and Shannon Lawrence, have been tasked with securing a place at next year's Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mexico during the road race at the upcoming CCC.

And the 19-year-old rider, fresh off victory in Sunday's IBC Criterium, is confident he can rise to the challenge.

“This year we have to get a top eight to qualify for the CAC Games so that's my main target and I think I can do it and trying my hardest to do it,” Mayho told The Royal Gazette. “That's my main goal and anything higher up is a bonus.

“I feel I'm stronger than I‘ve ever been so I feel I can do something this year.”

Mayho has already tasted success at the junior regional level (he won the gold medal in the road race at the 2011 Junior CCC in Puerto Rico) and he is now keen to make his presence felt at the senior level.

This year marks the reigning Cyril Packwood Memorial Race champion's second appearance at the Elite CCC and he is determined to make amends for a disappointing showing at last year's championships in Antigua where he was forced out of the road race because of a stomach illness.

“The hotel we were staying at served breakfast and that's the only thing we could eat and I made a mistake and ate sausages that were really greasy,” Mayho explained. “The race was really hard so my food started coming back up and midway through I couldn't really ride anymore so I dropped out.

“A lot of times you get a bad race and people talk. But this year I want to try to do a better race and feel I have a point to prove.”

Mayho stressed that team chemistry will have a huge say in determining whether he and his team-mates are successful or not in Curacao.

“We know we need to get somebody in the top eight so we're all working towards that,” he added. “We all know each other already and we are all friends so it's pretty easy to get along.”

Mayho, Glasford and Lawrence are all competing in the road race while the latter rider is Bermuda's sole entry in the time trial.

Others flying Bermuda's banner at the upcoming CCC are women's cyclists Nicole Mitchell and Zoenique Williams who won the women's crown at last weekend's IBC Criterium.

Mitchell won a silver medal in the time trial and a bronze medal in the road race at the previous CCC in Antigua.

Overnight sensation Williams is making her first appearance at the annual event.

Bermuda's contingent arrived in Curacao yesterday.

Accompanying the squad are Bermuda Bicycle Association (BBA) president Peter Dunne and Greg Hopkins who will double up as assistant manager and mechanic.

A total of 18 countries will be represented at this year's CCC.

(Photo by Mark Tatem) Number one: Dominique Mayho crosses the finish line to defending his IBC Criterium title last Sunday on Front Street.

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Published October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated October 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm)

Mayho peaks at the right time

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