Conor White leads Bermuda’s cyclists in road race
Bermuda three cyclists finished just over a minute apart in 28th, 30th and 31st places respectively, during the 136 kilometre road race yesterday at the Junior Pan Am Games in Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.
Conor White finished in 28th place in a time of 3 hours, 11 minutes and 53.40 seconds, while Kaden Hopkins, the silver medal winner in the time trial on Wednesday, was two places and 36 seconds behind in 3:12:29.50. Nicholas Narraway was 31st out of 42 finishers in a time of 3:13:35.50.
“Going into it we had a plan and we pretty much stuck to it,” said team manager Dominique Mayho.
“After about 45k Kaden got in a breakaway with nine other riders, so ten of ten off in the front for about 80 kilometres. Conor and Nick were in the group behind, just making sure nobody else was able to get across them, protecting Kaden’s lead.
“It was really hot today, almost 90 degrees and coming in to the final part it was brutal and the race split up. They ended up catching up to Kaden and they rode together for awhile.
“Everybody was so tired that they rode their own tempo up the mountain to the finish line. The last part of the race was a 13 kilometre climb, a big mountain at the end of the race.”
Mayho believes the trio handled themselves very well in tough conditions.
“I was very pleased, I was watching them from behind in the car and could see them attacking and following the moves,” he said.
“It was really good to see our jersey up there with the bigger countries.”
The three podium places were claimed by riders from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Colombia as Gabriel Campos of Costa Rica took the gold with a winning time of 3:07:49.90.
Harold Granizo of Ecuador won silver with a time of 3:08:22.80, just four seconds ahead of Colombia’s Germain Becerrai in 3:08:26.20.
Middle distance runner Isabelle Dutranoit placed last in a ten-member field in the 5,000 metres race last evening, clocking a time of 17 minutes, 51.79 seconds.
Dutranoit finished a minute and 59 seconds behind gold medal winner Anahi Corral of Mexico, who broke the tape in 15:52.80. Silver and bronze were won by Maria Moreira of Brazil and Laura Morales of Colombia in 16:39.77 and 16:53.74 respectively.
Only the medal winners finished the race in under 17 minutes.