Conyers: teamwork will be key
Caitlin Conyers will look to continue her breakout season in the Bermuda National Road Race Championships in Prospect, Devonshire, tomorrow.
This season is the first Conyers has taken cycling “seriously”, with the 28-year-old claiming overall honours in the Butterfield Bermuda Grand Prix in April before winning the Bermuda National Time-Trial Championships in Clearwater last weekend.
She admits, however, that she may have her work cut out in tomorrow’s race and will be more than happy with a podium finish.
“[The road race] will be a really good test for me because that’s the one I’m not as confident in,” Conyers said. “The biggest thing for me will be racing smart and not racing hard.
“Nicole Mitchell [the defending champion] and Zoenique Williams [of Winners Edge] are really strong in the road race and work well together. I’d be happy with a top three.”
Conyers hopes she can work with her Bicycle Works team-mates Alyssa Rowse and Jamie-Lee Wright to try and nullify the threat posed by Mitchell and Williams.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to work with my team-mates Jamie-Lee and Alyssa,” she said. “Alyssa is strong but she’s racing in the junior division.
“I don’t have a lot of experience working in a team, so it’s nice to have some team-mates and to see how we can work together.”
Conyers admits last weekend’s win was a boost to her confidence.
“I knew I was definitely capable of doing it and I’ve been training specifically for the time-trial,” she added. “I’ve been doing a lot of interval training with Dominique [Mayho].
“I’d definitely say the time-trial is one of my strengths right now, just because you go out and as hard as you can whereas the road race is a lot more tactical.
“I don’t have as much experience with the race tactics. I need to get smarter for the road race.”
With ambitions to race for Bermuda at the Caribbean Cycling Championships in November, Conyers will compete overseas for the first time in the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont — a three-day event from August 31 to September 3.
“I’ve definitely exceeded my expectations so far [this season, although I feel I can do more,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the next year or two looks like.
“Dominique started coaching me in January and since then I’ve actually started taking it seriously and doing the best I can.
“[Representing Bermuda] is the goal. I’ve never raced overseas but I’m planning to race in the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont which a lot of Bermudians have done in the past.”