Mayho rides hot wave to 26th in time-trial
Dominique Mayho, the Bermuda cyclist, enjoyed more than five memorable minutes occupying the hot-seats in the men's time-trial at the Commonwealth Games today.
Not bad for a rider who admits that he does not particularly relish racing against the clock.
Mayo was the sixteenth first-wave rider, setting off at one-minute intervals, to embark on the slow, steep and hilly 38.4-kilometre course, which started and finished in Glasgow Green, the oldest park in the city.
The 20-year-old finished an impressive 26th out of 58 riders, with a time of 56min 54.73sec, which was 9:12.95 behind Alex Dowsett, the gold medal-winner from England.
“I don't like time-trials very much,” said Mayho, who works at Winners Edge in Front Street. “I do them but I'm more of a road-race and sprint kind of cyclist.”
A beaming Mayho was led to the second-place hot-seat immediately after crossing the finish line.
On hand to congratulate him on his fine performance was Sports Minister Wayne Scott, a former top cyclist on the Island, who has made the journey to Scotland's largest city to support Bermuda's athletes.
With the majority of the top riders in the second wave group, such as home favourite David Millar, Mayho made the most of his chance to occupy one of the three hot seats, posting the second fastest time when he crossed the line as one of the early finishers.
“When I saw they had split the competitors into two waves, I thought I had a chance of making the hot-seats,” said Mayho, who also briefly warmed the third hot-seat before his stint in the spotlight came to an end.
“It was really exciting to be able to sit on the hot-seat at my first Commonwealth Games.”
Cheered on by more than 6,500 spectators in Glasgow Green, not to mention the hundreds that lined the rest of the course that took in North Lanarkshire and the city's East End, Mayho admitted that he expended too much nervous energy at the start of race.
“I started really good but I sort of burnt myself out after around the 3km mark as the crowd got me too excited,” said Mayho, who travelled at an average speed of 40.483mph.
“I went out a lot harder than I wanted to and I was really feeling it going into the headwind. I wasted too much energy at the beginning of the race that I could really done with at the end.
“It was the biggest crowd I have ever competed in front of, though, and I admit it was nerve-racking.”
Race winner Dowsett was 5.92 seconds down on Australia's Rohan Denis after the middle section of the race but had a strong last section to win by 9.30sec.
Geraint Thomas, of Wales, claimed bronze, 14.04 behind Dowsett.
Nick Kyme and Micah Franklin, the Bermuda squash pair, bowed out of the Commonwealth Games in the men's doubles round of 16 after losing 2-0 to Ryan Cuskelly and Matthew Karwalski, of Australia.
Kyme and Franklin were beaten 11-4, 11-4 by the No 6 seeds at the Scotstoun Sports Campus last night.