Medal delight for cyclists at Junior Caribbean Championships
Bermuda came away with three medals at the 2021 Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships that concluded in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic yesterday.
The island’s contingent achieved the impressive medal haul competing in the individual time trial held on Saturday on the same course where this year’s Elite Championships was contested.
Having gotten off to a flying start, expectations were high for Bermuda’s cyclists going into yesterday’s second and final day of the competition featuring road races among the three respective categories.
However, they were unable to repeat the previous day’s success which ultimately proved to be the highlight of the championships for team Bermuda.
Alexander Miller led the island’s charge by winning gold in the men’s individual time trial on the opening day of the regional championships, with team-mate Liam Flannery claiming the silver after finishing second in the same event.
Liana Medeiros then capped a fruitful day for Bermuda’s cyclists after winning bronze in the women’s time trial.
Thomas Quarterly also impressed with a tenth place showing in the juvenile men’s time trial.
Flannery was Bermuda’s highest finisher in the 90 kilometre junior men’s road race in twelfth followed by Tommy Marshall in 16th and Miller in 26th.
Cameron Morris placed eleventh and Quarterly 20th in the 70 kilometre juvenile men’s race while Medeiros finished 13th in the junior women over 50 kilometres event.
The island’s cyclists were accompanied by Peter Dunne, the Bermuda Bicycle Association president, who was pleased with the team’s showing.
“Great weekend of racing, super performances by basically everybody,” he told The Royal Gazette.
“Some of them got podium results and overall we are very happy with the way the team performed this weekend.
“We know it’s going to help push the next group along, so overall we are delighted with the outcomes.”
Flannery and Miller both have previous experience at the annual championships while the remaining team members were all making their international cycling debuts.
Miller and Flannery captured the gold and bronze medals also competing in the time trial at the previous Junior Caribbean Cycling Championships held in Guyana in 2019.
Last year’s championships was cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.