Quartet seal encouraging stage race results
Four of the island's top riders enjoyed a host of promising results competing at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race, the largest race in Arizona.
Kaden Hopkins, Dominique Mayho, Caitlin Conyers and Nicholas Narraway were all in action in their respective categories; Hopkins and Mayho in the Men's Pro 1, Conyers in the Women's Pro 1 and Narraway in the Junior 17 to 18 category.
Starting on Friday with a 14-mile individual time-trial, Hopkins crossed the line in sixteenth in a time of 29min 45sec, with Mayho finishing a little more than three minutes later in 32:57, in 57th place.
Conyers also started on a positive note, finishing tenth in her category in a time of 33:18, a little less than 2½ minutes behind the leader.
Meanwhile, Narraway battled to 20th-place finish in the Junior 17 to 18 category, completing the course in 32:03, just over a minute off the lead.
Building on the momentum of a promising showing on the opening day, Conyers sealed another top-ten finish competing in the road race on Saturday.
Tackling a challenging four laps totaling 62 miles, Conyers finished in sixth. Taking on the same course in his category, Narraway crossed the line in 27th.
For Hopkins and Mayho, the road race consisted of six laps over 94 miles. The former again impressed, finishing in eleventh-place, with Mayho marginally behind in 26th.
The event concluded yesterday with a downtown criterium in Phoenix. Consisting of a tight one-mile loop, Hopkins and Mayho raced for 60 minutes, Conyers, 40 minutes, and Narraway, 45 minutes.
It proved the most challenging event for the quartet with Conyers again fairing the best of the compatriots, finishing in 21st place.
In the Men's Pro 1 race, Hopkins crossed the line in 23rd with Mayho, who suffered a broken wheel spoke, placing 71st. Narraway completed the event with a 38th-place finish.
The event was the Bermudian riders first major test this season, especially for Hopkins and Mayho, who will travel to Dominican Republic along with Conor White to form part of a Caribbean composite team to race in the seven-day Vuelta Independencia Nacional this month, an event that Hopkins completed last year.
The Bermudian trio will be joined by Julian Molina, Julian Otero and Brian Leon, all of Puerto Rico, as a result of a development project between the Bermuda Bicycle Association and the Puerto Rico Cycling Federation.