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Kaden Hopkins gearing up for UCI Road World Championships

Bermuda's Kaden Hopkins during the Men's Individual Time Trial at the Commonwealth Games (David Davies/PA via AP)

Kaden Hopkins will be aiming to build on his impressive Commonwealth Games campaign when he competes in the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, from Monday.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a sensational Games in Birmingham, England, last month in which he finished eleventh in the Time-Trial and fourteenth in the Road Race against a stellar field comprising Olympic and world champions, as well as Tour de France and World Tour competitors.

Despite his impressive form this year, Hopkins is refusing to get ahead of himself in terms of expectations for the prestigious event as he prepares to take to the start line for the Under-23 Men’s Time Trial on Monday, with the Road Race following on Thursday.

“For an event this size, I don't want to put any expectations on myself, but my focus is just to go out there and perform to the level I know I am capable of,” said Hopkins, who finished 48th in the Time Trial and 97th in the road race in the Championships in the Flanders region of Belgium last year.

“If I can do that I will be satisfied,” Hopkins said. “The Commonwealth Games was a real motivation boost for me and since then I have had a great mindset leading into this.

“I'm looking forward to the time trial the most, it's what most of my training has been based around since Commonwealth Games, so I'm hoping to put together a good performance on the day.

“The road race is bound to be chaos as usual, but my focus will be to avoid it by being positioned as well as I can throughout the race. I am sure the atmosphere will be great for both events, which is also something I'm always excited about.”

In the build up to the Championships, Hopkins has spent the last three weeks training at high altitude in Andorra, a tiny, independent principality between France and Spain in the Pyrenees.

“I had a great training camp at altitude leading up to this. As a result, I am feeling the strongest I ever have,” added Hopkins, ahead of his final appearance in the Under-23 category.

The Bermudian rider will be supported in Australia by compatriot Tyler Butterfield who, while better known for his triathlon career, is no stranger to top-level cycling, having previously competed with Team Slipstream in 2007.

Butterfield will assist Hopkins with final event preparations and provide event race-day assistance.

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Published September 16, 2022 at 7:41 am (Updated September 16, 2022 at 7:41 am)

Kaden Hopkins gearing up for UCI Road World Championships

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