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Dominique Mayho navigates the course at Admiralty House Park on his way to winning the men Open 60 minutes event during race 4 of the Fat Tire Massive series yesterday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Many-time national road champion Dominique Mayho registered a dominant performance at the Fat Tire Massive Race 4 event, which took place yesterday on a challenging Admirality House Park course, made more difficult by overnight rain.

Several riders struggled to navigate the slippery inclines and fast downhill corners, at the event, which brought out 27 riders for the feature race, the Male Open 60 minutes contest, which saw Mayho completing nine laps in a combined time of 46:28.5 minutes at an average of 5:09.

James Holloway, who rode eight laps in 45:33.6 and Alan Potts (8 laps in 45:40.7) who won the last two races, which took place at South Shore Beach Trail and Lagoon Park, completed the podium spots.

For Mayho, preparation and a strong start were key factors in his victory yesterday.

Manning Smith competing in the fourth race of the Fat Tire Massive series, which took place at Admiralty House Park yesterday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

“Today the course was really slippery and slick because it rained over the last couple of days so I came out here this morning to do a couple practise laps and got used to the wet ruts and corners and stuff like that but it was a really good race,” Mayho told The Royal Gazette.

“I started really hard on the first climb to try and get a gap and it worked out and after that I was just pretty much trying to hit the same line every lap through all the technical downhills and the uphills and just try and recover as much as I could,” said Mayho.

Opportunities for recovery were in short supply on the hilly course, but in the end, it was an outing that left Mayho extremely pleased with his performance and time.

Brian Steinhoff competes in the fourth race of the Fat Tire Massive series, which took place at Admiralty House Park yesterday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

“I am really happy, the first two laps were really fast but that was my plan. In these kind of races you have to go as hard as you can from the start and try and establish a gap and it kind of plays on people's minds that you are gone and then you can settle into a good rhythm.

“Between laps three and nine, I felt like they were similar but you never know because as you get more tired it gets harder and harder to go fast on the hills,” said Mayho, who was also still getting used to his new bike.

He will now turn his attention to the next race in the series, which takes place at Hog Bay Park on January 30 before heading off to represent Bermuda in the Dominican Republic shortly afterwards.

Action from the fourth race of the Fat Tire Massive series, which took place at Admiralty House Park yesterday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Meanwhile, the men Open 30 minutes category was won by Wendell Burrows, who completed five laps in 33:24.6 to finish ahead of Sherman Darrell, 34:58.0, and Justin Horsfall, 35:03.8, who all completed five laps.

Christine Soutter completed four laps in 31:28.5 to win the women Open 30 minutes race, which saw Jennifer Lightbourne, 33:20.4 and Zina Jones, 36:24.7 taking the next best finishes, also in four laps.

Jackson Langley, 36:10.8, was the only competitor to complete six laps in the male 13-16 race, finishing ahead of Ollie Hayward, 34:46.9 and Wyatt Hall, 35:23.4, who both completed five laps. There were only two competitors in the female equivalent, which was won by S'Nya Cumbermack in 35:39.4 ahead of Skye Ferguson, 38:35.4 ‒ both in four laps.

In the boys 12 and under category, Makao Butterfield completed seven laps in 16:54.1 to get the better of Jeon Wolfe, who also managed seven laps in a time of 17:31.3. Rylan Desilva (six laps) was next best in 15:10.3.

Kelise Wade was the only competitor to ride seven laps in the girls 12 and under category, which she won with a time of 17:36.4 to finish ahead of Daisy Langley, 16:35.5 and Sofia Leclerc, 17:05.0, who did six and five laps respectively.

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Published January 17, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated January 17, 2022 at 7:57 am)

Dominique Mayho dominates at tricky Admiralty House Park course

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