Nick Pilgrim and Caitlin Conyers prevail in hot criterium
Nick Pilgrim and Caitlin Conyers triumphed in the Winners Edge Criterium race as Bermuda Bicycle Association action resumed after the summer break in Hamilton on Sunday.
All races started at the flagpole on Front Street, with the challenging course also incorporating Albuoys Point, Queen Street, Reid Street and Parliament Street.
The category A and B event was highly anticipated with overseas-based riders Conor White - the national criterium champion - and Liam Flannery back on island as well as the inclusion of former champions Pilgrim and Dominique Mayho.
In an explosive start by the leading riders plus Alexander Miller and junior rider Cameron Morris separaed themselves from the rest of the field.
Flannery in particular, looked to attack off the front as he and Pilgrim attempted to break away from the leading field together.
However, White managed to reel in the leaders and pull the field back together, with the pattern continuing as Mayho, Miller and Morris also all managed to stay in contact.
In the closing laps it looked like it would come down to a bunch sprint between the six riders until Pilgrim seized the opportunity to attack and open up a small gap which he managed to hold on to for victory.
White was able to just hold off Mayho for second place, with Morris fourth, ahead of Flannery and Miller.
The women’s race started with a small group including national champion Conyers, fast-improving Panzy Olander and top juniors Annabel Miller and Charlotte Millington quickly getting away off the front.
It soon became apparent that Conyers, who also raced in the A-B race finishing tenth overall, was taking on a team role as she appeared to be working for Winners Edge team-mate Miller.
With Millington eventually being gapped by the lead group, Olander who was looking very strong, rode a controlled race having to mark both the Winners Edge riders.
It ultimately came down to a three-way battle on Front Street, with Conyers prevailing ahead of Olander, with Miller rounding out the podium places.
In the early stages of the C Race, it soon became clear that young riders Gordon Smith and Andrew Thomas would be tussling for victory, despite the valiant efforts of veterans Frank Ming and Paulo Medeiros to stay in contention.
It was Smith who triumphed, crossing the line ten seconds ahead of Thomas with Ming a further two seconds back.
There was also joy for Dylan Eiselt, who won the 13 to 15 race ahead of Sanchez Smith and Gianluca Bortoli, with Jens Drea putting in a dominant display to take victory in the 12 and under race ahead of Sophia Leclerc and Ray Richardson.
For the first time an Urban Mountain bike event was introduced by race director Chris Roque, which proved both popular and entertaining with riders in an Open and Junior event.
On the short-loop course, riders go into the waterfront car park and negotiate a number of obstacles made up of packing crates and jumps.
Despite only just finishing in the criterium, White managed to take top spot ahead of Morris and Kavin Smith.