Conor White out to defend President’s Cup crown
Conor White will be aiming to defend his crown in the season-ending President’s Cup on Sunday.
The 23-year-old signed off the Bermuda Bicycle Association road race campaign in fine style with a thrilling victory last year, prevailing in a field containing the island’s top riders, to clinch victory in a sprint finish ahead of Nicholas Narraway and Alexander Miller.
White will quite rightly once again be considered one of the main contenders among a field of the riders, that despite missing the likes of Kaden Hopkins, Liam Flannery and Narraway, is still expected to be packed with challengers including previous champion Dominique Mayho and possibly Bermuda triathlete Tyler Smith.
Caitlin Conyers will be among the standout competitors within the female division, while the race is also expected to include talented youngsters such as Cameron Morris and Annabelle Miller, who will be battling it out for honours in the junior ranks.
The gruelling 55-mile or so course will see riders get off to a neutral start at 7.30am from Harbour Road, Paget until Black Watch Pass on North Shore Road, where racing will commence when indicated by the appointed race official.
From there, competitors will race along Front Street and up Pitts Bay Road before heading down North Shore Road towards Flatts.
Racing over the causeway and towards St David’s, the course heads as far as Coopers Island Road before returning west, back over the causeway and Blue Hole Hill to the roundabout.
From there it will continue along Harrington Sound Road and then on to South Road through the Collectors Hill intersection, and on to the Trimingham Hill roundabout, through the Paget.
The course continues all the way on to Dockyard, before competitors make a U-turn at the Clocktower and begin to make their return east towards Middle Road, before a sprint finish to the start line on Harbour Road, just west of the intersection with Chapel Road.
Competitors in the race who fall behind the sweep vehicle will be deemed to be out of the competition and then are subject to the rules of the road.