Bermuda team gunning for spot in Games
The stakes will be high for team Bermuda at this weekend's Caribbean Cycling Championships in Curacao.
The Island's riders will be among those vying for the 2014 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games spots up for grabs.
The top eight finishers among the men and top six among the women riders in the road race in Curacao will book their tickets for next year's CAC Games in Veracruz, Mexico.
Flying Bermuda's banner in the Caribbean are Dominique Mayho, Darren Glasford, Shannon Lawrence, Nicole Mitchell and Zoenique Williams.
Mayho and Williams are fresh off victories in Sunday's IBC Criterium Championship.
“Our primary goal is to earn qualifying spots for the CAC Games in Mexico next Fall,” declared Bermuda Bicycle Association (BBA) president Peter Dunne.
“So our men will be riding with the target of helping Dominique Mayho into this position and in the women's race we are working for Nicole.
“Shannon and Darren will work to get Dominique in the right position, cover attacks made by other teams and, in the event that Dominique is having problems, either help resolve them. Zoenique will have the same role for Nicole.”
Mitchell has done extremely well at this event in the past in the time trial and Dunne anticipates that trend will continue this year.
“In the time trial we are confident that Nicole will be able to continue to build on her strong performances in 2010 and 2012,” he said. “In 2011 she won the bronze medal and last year she won silver, just a handful of seconds off the winner.”
Dunne is also expecting big things from the in-form Lawrence.
“Shannon is our national champion in the time trial and will be the only one of our guys racing in the time trial,” he said. “Shannon is hitting his form again and could produce a podium performance.”
Other countries being represented at the upcoming championships include Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Jamaica, Barbados, St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, Anguilla, St Maarten, Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Dominica and hosts Curacao.
French Islands Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyana are ineligible for the CAC Games qualifying spots available.