Mayho out to make history
Dominique Mayho is aiming to rewrite the Sinclair Packwood Memorial Race history books with a milestone victory tomorrow.
The 25-year-old is not only aiming to retain his crown, having won last year's event, but also become the first rider to win the Bermuda Day spectacle four times.
Mayho believes the race will be anything but a procession with a host of rivals including Kaden Hopkins, Conor White and Nick Narraway, aiming to take his title.
“I'm really excited for Friday; it's the biggest race of the year for me and I'm really looking forward to being back out there again,” said Mayho, who beat professional triathlete Tyler Butterfield to the crown last year.
“Having a big event at home adds extra excitement. Everyone talks about Bermuda Day all year and that gives you an extra incentive to go out and win.
“Being the champion is added pressure, but I'll be treating it like any other race. It will be a difficult race, but it always is so my preparations haven't been any different.
“I'd be the first person to win the race four times, so I'm definitely aiming to do that. I definitely think that will be achievable if everything goes right.
“However, Kaden is obviously very strong and Conor White is definitely a dark horse. The level locally has improved so much that you can't really afford to count anybody out.
“I'll be aiming to be lead off from the start, but I'll also have an eye on Kaden, Conor and Nick Narraway.
“I definitely have a plan but you need to be prepared for things to change depending on others and how the race develops. It's genuinely a real honour to win the race, particularly with it being a memorial race.
“I didn't know Sinclair Packwood personally, but I've been told how great a person he was. To be recognised as the best cyclist locally and to win it in front of everyone is always pretty cool.”
Mayho admits that even a rider of his experience still has to battle the nerves ahead of the biggest local race of the year.
“I've started to get a little nervous already,” Mayho said. “With it being such a big deal race locally and having so many people there is different for us cyclists.
“Last year, I was so nervous in the build up to the race, before it and even during it. Competing against someone like Tyler Butterfield was a big deal and it was the first time I've beat him, which was great.
“This year, I'll be the favourite; I'll be the man to beat. Everyone will want to shoot me down and that brings nerves with it as well.”